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Oli Poole

Oli's 'Couch to Conservatory Indoor 5k'

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £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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Supporters

Jun 24, 2020

Helen poole

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

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 24, 2020

Laura Moloney

Well done Oli! 👍🏻

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

May 17, 2020

Dawn Epps

Well done Oli 💥

£10.00

Apr 29, 2020

Mr Appleton

Keep going mate 👍

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2020

Steve

Keep going Oli...

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 16, 2020

Neill B

£20.00

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!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Apr 2, 2020

Bex

£10.00 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.

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid