Did you take up running during lockdown?
I did not.
Instead, I rather innovatively decided to buck the trend for self-improvement and saw that first lockdown as my opportunity to really commit to a fully sedentary lifestyle – joggers on, trainers off. In March 2020, I had just completed the Cambridge Half Marathon and quite happily considered that to be my last hurrah before lockdown set in – my final run, ever.
And yet. Here I am again, one year later, donning my trainers and refreshing my running playlist. Why? Because our Museum needs our help!
I’m taking part in our Miles for Our Museum challenge, along with trustees Lucy, Louisa, Sally and Roger, to raise money for the Museum’s fundraising appeal #YourMuseumNeedsYou.
March 2021 marks a year since we had to close for the first time due to COVID-19. Whilst the museum is hopeful that the summer will bring better times, we have lost thousands of pounds in admissions revenue and it is likely that visitation will not fully recover in 2021.
That’s we have each decided to run 85K over March (or a walk/run combo). The Museum this year will be celebrating 85 years since we first opened, so 85 felt like a lucky number.
The money we raise will go towards the #YourMuseumNeedsYou fundraising campaign, to help ensure the museum can open it’s doors to our community for many more years to come.
Given that last month I ran precisely zero kilometres, I know it is going to be a challenge, to say the least! But with the sponsorship of friends, family and colleagues will definitely provide good motivation to get myself off the couch.
Wish us luck! We will share pictures along the way on our Go Fund Me page: http://bit.ly/308CAhs
Annie Davis is the Development Manager at the Museum of Cambridge.