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Wayne's marathon motivation

You may want to take on an epic challenge of endurance for any number of reasons. You may want to do it for you; to prove to yourself that you can do it, to overcome a life changing condition or to simply get in to shape. You may want to do it for others; in dedication of a lost loved one or to raise money for a worthy cause.

For 37-year-old Wayne Walkley however, he runs for all of the above and now he’s about to take on his next challenge in the form of the Swansea Half Marathon.

“Being a father of two young girls and getting older now, you start thinking that you need to do something with your life and be a bit healthier and fitter to spend more time with them,” Wayne explained.

“Five years ago I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic and I had to change my lifestyle sharpish,” he continued, and from that moment on, his life took a U-turn.

After changing his job and lifestyle habits, Wayne is now a controlled diabetic with no need for insulin or tablets. One such change saw him take up running, but although he made an array of lifestyle adjustments, one thing that remained constant was his love of Swansea City AFC.

Supporting the Swans for as long as he can remember, making it to the Vetch as often as his pocket money would allow, Wayne has been a season ticket holder for the last seven years and will now extend his support to the Community Trust.

Having signed up to run the JCP Swansea Half Marathon taking place on Sunday 26th June with the Trust, Wayne is raising money for the Swans’ charity to help us continue to deliver our plethora of community projects.

Only taking up running this time last year, Wayne has since gone on to run the Caerphilly 10k raising £400 for Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice and since then he caught the running, and fundraising, bug.

“It made me feel great that someone like me could help to make a difference to the lives of families in need of support at very difficult times,” he said. “Straight after the Caerphilly run, I signed up for the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k so that I kept on running,” he continued and since then, he hasn’t stopped.

Following that he’s run the Cardiff St. David’s Day 10K in memory of his late grandfather Graham and now he’s ready to take the step up to a half marathon.

“Over the last year, I’ve set myself little goals to challenge myself and this year I chose to step it up a gear and run the Swansea Half Marathon for the Swans Community Trust,” he explained.

He isn’t just running it solely for himself, for his grandfather, for his girls, or the hundreds of people throughout Swansea that benefit from the Trust’s initiatives however. Wayne seeks to encourage others, he hopes to motivate them and he wants to inspire his fellow fans to take on the challenge.

“I’d like to inspire others out there to get up, be active and challenge themselves,” he finished. “If a lump of a bloke weighing a little over 16 stone and measuring 6”2”, who enjoys a few pints with the lads can do it, I’m sure a few others could get up and have a go.”

So whatever your reason for wanting to get in shape and on to the road to living a healthy lifestyle, do it with the Trust and let’s run that road together.

Sign up to run the JCP Swansea Half Marathon with us for the discounted rate of £25 here, or if you want to give Wayne a bit of a boost, donate here.


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