Well done to Kirsty Agnew, Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist at Physio Matters, who has reached a 50 Day Milestone during an amazing challenge she has set herself during lockdown – to run every day for 100 days to raise money for charity The Silver Line.
As she explains in the video below, Kirsty was supposed to take part in the Tour of Tameside in June but this was postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19, so instead she set herself a challenge to complete 100 days of running and finish on Wednesday 5 August, her 37th birthday.
“There have been highs and lows over the last 50 days,” said Kirsty, “but overall, I have really enjoyed the experience, going out every day and finding new routes and exploring the local countryside. I’ve had some great support from my family and friends on my Facebook page too and want to thank them for their encouragement which has really helped me to keep going.”
Mental health benefits
Despite sore knees and a fall at one point, Kirsty says she has become fitter during the challenge and feels happier and more focused when she has been for her daily run.
“There have been so many benefits, including improving my mental health,” she explains. “I tend to over-think things and get stressed because of it, so running gives me a chance to clear my head and have some space to put things into perspective. I always feel better when I have been for my morning run and it sets me up for the rest of the day.”
Manchester to Glasgow
So far, Kirsty has run 215 miles which is the equivalent of running from Manchester to Glasgow, and with an elevation of 15,000 feet which is the same as running up Ben Nevis four times!
“At first, I tried to go faster and run further every day, but I soon realised that wasn’t going to work. So now I vary the routes, the pace and the number of miles. On average, I run 4 miles a day but some days I go further and on other days, I’ll just do a mile. My main aim is to enjoy it.”
Initially Kirsty’s goal was to raise £500 for The Silver Line over the 100 Day Running Challenge. Physio Matters is also raising money for this charity all year through a series of fundraising activities. However, Kirsty has already reached this amount, so she recently raised her goal to £1000!
The Silver Line supports older people who are socially isolated and vulnerable. Since their launch in 2013, it has received over 2.5 million calls, with over two-thirds made at night or at weekends when no other helpline is available for older people who may be lonely, isolated or confused. Their help is needed more than ever during COVID-19 when older people are even more socially isolated. The charity relies entirely on voluntary donations to cover the cost of calls to the helpline with just £10 allowing The Silver Line to answer 2 calls.
Facebook Group and Donation Page
Follow Kirsty’s progress on her Facebook page ‘Kirsty’s 100 Day Running Challenge’ at www.facebook.com/groups/660759111386165/ and cheer her on.
To support The Silver Line and Kirsty, you can donate directly to
Watch Kirsty below as she is interviewed by our Business Development Lead Jane Tonge about achieving her 50 Day Milestone, the highs and lows, the benefits and her goals for the next 50 days. Good luck Kirsty and happy running!