Ruth Heywood, CEO of Worcester Community Trust, has entered the 2020 Virgin London Marathon in order to raise money for the Trust and those in need in Worcestershire.

Following on from her successful participation in many smaller and local events, like the Worcester City 10km, Ruth is now taking on the 26.2 mile run and is encouraging those who are able to support the charity to sponsor her.

Being the individual at the Trust who manages the funding applications for the many different projects provided to the people of Worcestershire, she’s spent many hours (too many to count!) writing about the work the Trust does for the community, as well as meeting the partners to try and raise funds; but this is Ruth’s first individual fundraiser for the Trust.

In order to prepare for the run, Ruth has joined the Black Pear Joggers group, whose trained coaches have helped to develop a training plan with achievable goals to ensure Ruth is ready for the mammoth event. Having already completed 125 miles in training this month (January), Ruth has 385 to go in the training programme.

Talking about the race, Ruth said: “I really feel like I’m at the start of my journey at the moment. I’m feeling excited about the training but, of course, a little apprehensive about the run itself! Working within the Trust, I see local people who need the charity in our centres every day, from children all the way through to the elderly, who all face such complex lives and challenges. I am so motivated by them and their struggle to get myself out the door in the freezing cold, pouring rain and pitch black.

“Every little donation really does make a difference, so please consider sponsoring me and helping someone in need in your home city of Worcestershire. Sadly, there are more and more people in Worcestershire that need our help every day, and I feel honoured and privileged to be able to make a difference each day and through this marathon.”

Ruth is also no stranger to competitive sport, with a background as an ex-international swimmer and having spent the last 15 years keeping fit through regular running. However, with her races usually lasting just 60 seconds, Ruth is having to completely retrain not only her long distance running, but also her patience!

Worcester Community Trust provides projects to help those in need throughout Worcestershire, and always welcome people who would like to know more about the charity or provide support through donations, volunteering or hosting a meeting or party in any of the 6 centres available for hire. For more information about the Trust, please visit www.worcestercommunitytrust.org.uk or to donate to Ruth’s marathon run please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RuthHeywood1.