For nurse Sarah Roberts, this year’s Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run is a real family affair.
For the 41-year-old will be taking part with her son, Kane, and brother, Steve Wilson.
The trio have run together in previous events – and while the two men are faster than Sarah, she said they have kept her going.
In fact, Steve is a keen runner who has raced in the London and Amsterdam marathons.
But for Sarah, the Great North Run, which she competed in last year, is as far as it gets.
She said: “It was a bit different to the Blackpool 10k. It was an absolutely amazing experience, but it was hard.”
Sarah, who is a community nurse at Trinity Hospice, first started running with friends four years ago.
She said: “I’ve never been a runner and never thought years ago it would be something I could do.
“When it came to the Blackpool run, I realised it was something I could probably do. I am quite competitive and will give anything a go – apart from a marathon.
“I got the bug, and I’ve been doing the 10k ever since.”
Sarah says the trick is to pace yourself.
“I don’t go at it really quickly, I just make sure that I am going to finish it,” she said.
“I normally finish after about 56 minutes, so I’d love to finish at 50 minutes. My brother’s a lot faster – he finished in 45 minutes last year – and Kane finished in 53 minutes.”
The family is raising money together for Trinity Hospice.
Sarah added: “We always raise money for members of the family who have been touched by different things in the past. It’s our way of giving something back.
“We’ve done a lot for Trinity over the years.”
Sarah, of Carleton, has worked for the hospice for 16 years.
She visits patients and relatives at home to ensure they have the best quality of life where they want it.
She said: “What I do helps them get the most from life while they still have one to live.”
Sarah said she is looking forward to the race in three week’s time.
“We’re trying to go out running three times a week,” she said. “We’re up to three miles and we’re starting to push ourselves further before the big day. Training is getting easier the more I’ve done the fun run, and I know I can do it.”
This year’s run is on May 12.
Get your entries in as soon as possible
With three weeks to go until the Blackpool 10k Fun Run, entries are continuing to come in.
But race organisers at Trinity Hospice are urging people who want to take part to get their entries in as soon as possible.
Collette Goodwin, for the hospice, said: “It would be great if people could get their entries in soon, as processing everything is a mammoth task for our team of volunteers.
“The response has been great, but with the arrival of better weather, we suspect that a big batch of entries will be on its way to us.
“There is always a last-minute rush for events like this and we are trying to spread out the work as best we can.
“Packs are on their way to those who have already registered and more entries are coming in every day.”