Michelle Woodcock

Brathay 10in10 Athlete

I’m Michelle and I am 46. I am a Primary school teacher and a self-supporting minister in the Church of England. I teach RE and Music part-time at a fantastic primary school where our motto is “Everyone on board for the learning adventure”. We are always encouraging the children to push themselves out of their comfort zone and embrace adventures, so it feels right to set myself a big challenge/adventure! My hobbies include ballet, tap and Morris dancing, Paddleboarding and curling up in front of the fire with a good book!

I’ve always enjoyed running and it has been a real solace over the years. I’ve often headed out for a trot along the roads whenever I needed some time to think or pray.

In 2012 I ran the Great North Run in memory of my dad who died of a heart attack aged 50 on my birthday and I raised over £3,000. 4 years later the running bug struck again and I fulfilled a lifetime ambition of running the London marathon, also in memory of my dad, raising over £5,500 this time for the BHF.

Following the progression from a fun run as a child to half marathon as an adult followed by a marathon, the next obvious step is the Brathay 10in10!!! I was all set to run with Team 2020 in October 2020 despite the global pandemic, but a freak accident involving hitting myself in the ankle with the one suitcase I packed that year resulted in a fractured ankle and 4 months banned from running. So, 2021 will be my year after all.

Over the last few years I have seen the 10in10 runners rounding the lake at Newby bridge as I’ve been heading to work and I’ve always thought “They are amazing, I could never do that”. This year, something changed and I found myself thinking “I wonder IF I could do that?!” I think we’re about to find out!!

Ordinary people overcoming their challenges and achieving amazing things inspire me. I am so excited and up for the mental, physical and fundraising challenges ahead, but there are moments when fear kicks in and I wonder what on earth I think I am doing? My solution to that at the moment is to run a bit further and a bit faster...Bring it on!



Goal: £10,000

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Interested in the 10in10?

Are you an experienced marathon runner and up for a new challenge? Would you like to be one of the few specially chosen athletes to run the annual Brathay 10in10 Challenge Event while raising money and awareness for the charity?

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