Raising £1700 for RNC by running up a mountain!


My day job is to help businesses with their HR and Health & Safety but in my spare time I very much enjoy running and all sorts of fitness activities. I regularly attend on running races and this mountain half marathon was always on my bucket list.

Due to COVID19 this mountain race was postponed last year to 22 May 2021 and sadly, they have announced the same this year a few weeks before the race.

I met Mel Denning from RNC in January on a Sterling networking and we’ve set up a 121. I was amazed of the work they do and immediately felt that I would love to use this opportunity to help them raise some money.

I decided to still complete the challenge on my own and run it on the day as it was planned.

It’s one of the toughest fell races in Wales. The race starts and finishes in the market town of Dolgellau, at sea level, and climbs almost 3000ft to the summit of Pen y Gader itself.

I love challenging myself and push to the limits and I love supporting those are in need. One of my colleague from CRONER has decided to run it with me which was great because it is a very tough route.

The charity sector has been hard hit by Covid19. The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) which has had to absorb substantial extra costs of over half a million pounds or more to keep its students and staff safe throughout and via remote learning when necessary.

The RNC, based in Herefordshire, is the UK’s leading specialist residential college of further education for people who are visually impaired or blind and its students come from across the UK.

The students are given specialist support and the tools eg IT to access a range of academic and vocational studies such as GCSEs, A Levels and NVQs including sports training, media studies and massage. Alongside this, the students develop their independent living skills including cooking, home care and mobility as well as enjoying exciting extra curricular activities, including theatre and social trips, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, oversees exchanges and much more.

The RNC equips its students so they can be confident about their next steps in life, whether that is into work, volunteering or further education such as university so that they achieve their personal and career goals, just like their sighted peers.

Big thank you from myself and on behalf of the RNC for everyone’s wonderful support of my challenge! I have raised the total of £1700 to date.

I am so grateful that we have done it. Thank you once again.

Barbara Goodway
Business Development Manager