I joined Kiln almost 10 years ago as a PA to the IT
Director and have progressed through the company in a number of
roles, and currently and happily hold the position of Divisional
Manager for the Property and Special Lines team.
I am looking forward to heading to Sierra Leone for
three reasons; to challenge myself to run in the marathon and raise
money for Street Child; to visit some of the projects that Street
Child have set up and are supporting; and to visit the country and
see for myself what a beautiful part of Africa it is.
I'll be preparing for the run in a number of ways.
The first is to hit the streets! I'm not a keen fan of the
treadmill - I much prefer running outside and running to somewhere,
rather than running in one place. I often use running to explore
areas, I moved house 6 months ago, and there are many roads and
routes that I've not checked out yet, so running gives me a chance
to do this. I'm able to run at lunchtimes too, so I'm planning on
heading along the Thames sometimes and do a bit of sightseeing on
My second preparation is to mentally prepare myself.
I'm a believer that a positive attitude means you can achieve
whatever you want to achieve. I know that when I have a long run
ahead of me, if I haven't told myself that I'm doing it and make
myself believe I can do it, I'll end up struggling and not enjoying
it. I'd much rather enjoy a run, so focusing on being positive is a
In addition to those main two things, the others are
to get some decent playlists made up! When I'm out running on my
own the right music with the right beat makes such a difference!
I'll just have to be careful to make sure that I don't sing
along….! I'm also planning to join up with the other people within
Kiln who are running in Sierra Leone, and get a few regular times
booked in to go out running together. This will be a great way to
provide support and motivation for each other.