‘Team J.A.C.K.S’: There and Back (Update: Week Five)

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At Week Five, Team J.A.C.K.S., who are participating in Cardiff University’s Step Count Challenge, have so far collectively travelled 1,118 miles – that’s the distance from Land’s End all the way to John o’Groats, and then back to Edinburgh!

This week, we’re hearing from Sophie Miller, whose new role as Speciality Training Officer entails recruitment and programme management for secondary care trainees; prior to that, she did similar work on behalf of general practice trainees for four years:

What do you hope to achieve from the Step Challenge?

I am enjoying being more active, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep this up when the Challenge is over.

I’ve been struggling lately with feeling really lethargic and tired, but the more I exercise the more energy I seem to have, which is great; I just need to remember that when motivation is lacking!

Before this challenge, how active would you have considered yourself?

I try to be as active as possible, but I can always find an excuse to get out of going for a run or to the gym. I probably go to the gym a maximum of twice a week – I hate it!

However, I’m hoping the pressure of having to fit into a wedding dress is going to kick in soon!

What activities are you doing to achieve the number of steps?

I try to go for a walk at lunch a few times a week to help keep my steps up. I also have a Golden Retriever, so I have the responsibility of walking her, which helps get me out and about!

I’ve signed up for Cardiff Half Marathon in October, so should probably start running at some point too.

What are you finding difficult about reaching the steps target?

The fact that I’m sat at a desk all day is really tough – before you know it, two hours have gone by, and I haven’t moved.

The weather is also a contributing factor; if it’s raining, I tend to stay indoors!

Why are you raising money for Cancer Research Wales?

My fiancé, Josh, was diagnosed with cancer on his 12th birthday. He had a primary tumour in his liver, with secondary tumours in his lungs and pancreas, and was given just six weeks to live.

After having chemotherapy for two years, he made a miraculous recovery, and was finally given the “all-clear” five years ago, aged 22.

As you can imagine, it’s a cause that is extremely close to my heart. Josh is so lucky to be here, so I think it’s really important to raise as much money as possible for a charity that carry out groundbreaking research to help stop this horrible illness, which has affected so many people.

You can donate to Team J.A.C.K.S on their Fundraising Page.

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