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Oli Poole

Oli Poole

Oli's 'Couch to Conservatory Indoor 5k'


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Fuelled mostly by Greggs sausage rolls and Diet Coke, my life as a journalist is completely devoid of exercise - unless you count the two rounds of golf I've played in the last six months or wrestling my two-year-old son as he battles to avoid bedtime.[/p][p]But amid the UK lockdown in the fight against COVID-19, Worthing Greggs is sorely missing my business and I'm eating more apples than apple turnovers (through necessity, not choice, as it's pretty much the only thing I could find in good supply!). I'm working from home and avoiding trips out wherever possible, protecting my family which includes my pregnant partner. [/p][p]I've always fancied a bit of running but never quite got round to it. Until yesterday (Saturday, March 28) when I completed the first run of the Public Health England Couch to 5k regime. It's a nine-week programme designed to turn beginners into respectable runners, with three runs a week. [/p][p]The twist is that, given the circumstances, I did the run inside. Back and forth the rough 24ft between my couch and conservatory. That's how I plan to do as much of the training as I possibly can, demonstrating we can #stayathome and still stay (or become!) fit. [/p][p]Having completed run number one, acquired aching muscles and sore feet from the twisting and turning involved in my indoor pursuit, I thought I may as well be doing it for a good cause. I've chosen NHS Charities Together which is running the urgent COVID-19 appeal to help those amazing people on the front line; and Love Your Hospital which fundraises for my local hospitals in West Sussex. With our second baby on the way in the midst of this pandemic, both were obvious choices.[/p][p]I'm fully aware many people will already be able to do a 5k. I report weekly on far more worthy challenges. It may well evolve further - but this is intended as a small way to give back and is more about the charities than me. My colleagues will attest to me even contemplating such a feat as being completely out of character, unless running late for the Greggs breakfast bap deal.[/p][p]If you can spare your loose change, I'm sure they would both be very grateful.[/p][p]Keep up with my progress on my Instagram page: www.instagram.com/headlinespews/[/p]

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Jun 24, 2020

Helen poole

A fantastic achievement, well done oli.we will have to do a run together at some point.xx


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 24, 2020

Laura Moloney

Well done Oli! 👍🏻


plus £1.25 Gift Aid

May 17, 2020

Dawn Epps

Well done Oli 💥


Apr 29, 2020

Mr Appleton

Keep going mate 👍


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2020


Keep going Oli...


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 16, 2020

Neill B


Apr 7, 2020

Katherine H-M

Run, Oli, run. I'm sure you got my film reference there... I'm impressed you've taken on this challenge. Looking forward to seeing you compete in the Brighton Marathon next!


plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Apr 2, 2020



plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 1, 2020

Sally Smith

Great cause Oli

Mar 29, 2020

Martin McCabe

Run Oli, run! Good on you mate.


plus £6.25 Gift Aid

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