To top off Domus Nova’s athletic efforts towards fundraising this year, a hardy crew of Domus runners (some a little more apprehensive than others) decided to try their hands, and feet, at running in the Royal Parks Half. Proudly sporting their bright orange vests, they were running to raise money and awareness in our continued support for Centerpoint.
A couple of us are seasoned running veterans, but for some of the team, even the prospect of running 13.1 miles was a challenge in itself and it was amazing to see how much everyone pushed themselves through rigorous training schedules, the experts coaching the rookies to make sure they would be able to cross the finish line intact!
Running day couldn’t have brought better weather and the excitement of the crowds created a wild sort of glow around Hyde Park. Although there was a bit of initial nervousness, every member of Team Domus made the 13 mile slog – not one of them stopped, and some even made personal bests. We’ll leave it to some of the runners to tell you about it.
“I was honestly so surprised at how much the cheering crowds encouraged me to keep going. I was even running with a smile on my face for the first few miles, which is extraordinary! Smiling AND high-fiving people. There was really something in the air that day that made me feel like I had just scored five goals for England and was just doing a lap of honour.”
“Looks like those rigorous Domus runs paid off!”
“It was really cool running past the Centerpoint supporters and hearing them cheer EVEN louder when I went past them. They were so lovely to us all after we ran and came back to the tent to refuel. I’m so glad to have taken part and so grateful for all my friends and family who helped donated to the cause.”
“At the beginning, before everything started getting painful, it was really amazing to see all those famous London landmarks in the morning sunshine with no cars or pedestrians.”
It was such a rewarding event for Domus Nova to take part in as a team, and we are so proud that our runners managed to raise a combined £3,979. Thank you friends and family for donating, and well done runners!