Michelle Woodcock

Brathay 10in10 Athlete

I am a 44-year-old primary school teacher working at a fantastic school where our motto is ‘everyone on board for the learning adventure’. I teach religious education and music part time. We always encourage the children to push themselves out of their comfort zone and embrace adventures, so it feels right to set myself a big challenge/adventure.I am also a self-supporting minister in the Church of England and my hobbies include ballet, tap, Morris dancing, open water swimming and curling up in front of the fire with a good book. 

 I have always enjoyed running and it has been a real solace over the years. I often head out for a trot along the roads whenever I need some time to think or pray. After my daughter was born, 12 years ago, I wasn’t sure I would be able to run again. But I did and in 2012 I ran the Great North Run in memory of my dad who died of a heart attack aged 50, on my birthday. I raised over £3,000. Four years later I fulfilled a lifetime ambition of running the London marathon, also in memory of my dad, and raising over £5,500 this time for the BHF. From fun run as a child, to half a marathon and then a full one as an adult, the next step for me is the Brathay 10in10. Over the last few years I have seen the 10in10 runners rounding the lake at Newby Bridge as I have been heading to work. I always thought “they are amazing, I could never do that”. In 2019 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 inspires me. I am in awe of those who take part in the Invictus Games and I love the song ‘Flesh and Blood’; there are some very inspiring lines in there. I have raised £190 for Brathay and with my target, of over £5,000 there is still a way to go. 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 am doing. When that happens I run a bit further and a bit faster. Bring it on, I say



Goal: £5,500

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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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