Charlotte Hatley, who works with TNS Foundation, is running the Cardiff half-marathon in October of this year. Raising funds for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), we caught up with Charley and chatted to her about the event and her own involvement.
First of all Charley, for those who don’t know, tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be involved with TNS Foundation.
Before working for the foundation I studied for a degree in community sports coaching and now I am able to put this into practice every day.
Being active is certainly part of the work of TNS Foundation but come the autumn you’re taking that to a new level. Have you ever run a half-marathon before?
I have never taken part in a half-marathon before, or any race. I’ve never considered myself to be a runner, and if you had told me at the beginning of the year I would be running 13.1 miles in October I would have laughed at you.
Part of my job with the Foundation is working with groups of both elderly and young people who struggle to be physically active. Seeing the benefits that physical exercise has on these people made me want to set myself a challenge.
What specific training are you going to undertake between now and October?
I began my training in the middle of January and I am currently following a 13.1 plan. This is basically a plan which builds up your stamina to run from 2 minutes to 100 minutes (hopefully). I am also being thrown out of my comfort zone and taking part in Pilates to build core strength. So far I’m thoroughly enjoying the training.
Why the NSPCC as your chosen charity?
Earlier this year my five-year-old son raised money for the NSPCC with his school and he wanted to do more to help less fortunate children; this is the reason I’m running for the NSPCC.
How can people get behind you, in terms of support?
The NSPCC ask for a minimum of £300 in sponsorship, so if anyone is able to help me in being able to raise this, I have a JustGiving page (click here) or donations can be given in at The Venue at Park Hall.
Charley, everyone at The New Saints Football Club wishes you the very best and we’ll catch up with you again before the big day.
You can contact Charlotte direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find out more about the great work that the NSPCC does on their website. Click here.
The lead photograph is Charley (foreground) with Victoria Moss, her running partner for the event in October.