HTI Group's product manager, Emma Pilgrim is on a mission: to run a 10k challenge every month for the whole of 2018.
A South Shore native, Pilgrim has so far clocked up an impressive 93 miles and 140,000 competitive steps after running throughout the past 12 months to raise money for the mental health charity, MIND.
This month, Pilgrim's task sees her once again slip into those running shoes to complete her final run of the year with the Longridge Christmas Pudding Run taking place on Sunday, December 9th.
It will finish off a year of athletic challenges each month that has seen Pilgrim complete 10k runs, half marathons and challenges like Tough Mudder and Water Wipeout to raise funds for the charity.
So far Pilgrim has helped raise over £600 to support MIND’s great work, including therapy and crisis care for the one in four Brits who suffer from mental health illnesses.
Emma’s quest to raise funds for this charity started when she discovered that running provided her own form of therapy and helped with anxiety, releasing endorphins and freeing her mind from the pressures of modern life.
Events completed throughout 2018 include the Blackpool 10K in February, the Liverpool half-marathon in March, Water Wipeout in July and the Amsterdam half-marathon in October.
Emma Pilgrim, junior product manager for HTI Group, said: “I knew at the start of the year taking part in 12 competitive races would be a real challenge – especially with all of the training which goes into preparing for them and the strain that you’re under when competing.
“At times, I’ve really had to dig deep like in the Peak District race, battling the elements including heavy snow in order to complete the race, but my battles are somewhat insignificant in comparison to some of the people who are supported by MIND on a daily basis, which is why I’m so proud to be doing what I am.”
If you would like to help Emma reach her fundraising target of £1,200, please find her story here.