I joined Congleton Harriers in 2016 after a difficult breakup in a relationship. I was never into any form of exercise other than a short dog walk every day. The Harriers were such a friendly and welcoming group, they never pushed me to do anything I wasn't comfortable with. However, they did sneakily encourage me over time to gradually increase my distance without me noticing.
I was invited to a cross country race that summer, and was advised just to have fun, no pressure was ever pushed on me about my performance. I completed the race in a surprisingly good time and saw my position count towards the team points, from this moment on I was hooked.
Congleton Harriers took me from barely being able to complete a mile in 2016 to finishing Manchester Marathon, Macclesfield Half and Dig Deep Ultra Marathon the following year in 2017.
I joined the Royal Navy in 2018 and finished my physical training in the superior category, all thanks to the Harriers. Unfortunately, due to being in the military I am unable to attend weekly runs on a regular basis, but they still hold a special place in my heart. I will continue to run with them when I am back in the area.
I will always race for Congleton Harriers they are one in a million.