Helen's 45K in May Updates

Run #8 down. Just one more to go and I will have completed 45km this May. It's been tough but I'm definitely feeling fitter and my mental health is much better. I'm even starting to enjoy running.


24th May 2021

Nearly there now. Just two runs to go. Please sponsor me! Money will go towards helping us continue our lifesaving work in Wales.


20th May 2021

It's been really wet and windy recently and definitely not optimal running conditions. But i'm still here, I'm still running and i've completed number 6/9! #45KMay. If you can, I'd love for you to sponsor me, I'm on track to reach my fundraising goal of £450 but I need your help to get me there! Please give what you can to my JustGiving page

16th May 2021



14th May 2021

9th May 2021

5th May 2021

Today I ran my second 5km and it was hard. I've got seven more to do, but I'm going to do this! Please sponsor me by giving whatever you can and raising vital funds for us to continue our lifesaving work in Wales: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helen-smith-sjac

1st May 2021

First 5k run of my #45kmay today. I'm pleased with my run, though I will admit, I was a bit nervous after last week!

But that's one down, eight to go!


24th April 2021

Today it was a family bike ride kind of a day, so a nice 'casual' 29km down the Taff Trail to train for my #45KMay.

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Together we can help our amazing teams of St John people continue their work in communities in Wales.

I burned 1,000 calories, so I think I've earned this homemade anchovies and olives pizza. Looking forward to what the next day brings. 

Mushroom pizza in front of a wood burning stove


22nd April 2021

Getting ready for my next training session. I've been sponsored now, so there's no going back!

Adidas trousers, under armour hat, adidas running shoes

I'm going to document my #45KMay for St John Ambulance Cymru warts'n'all. Here's my first video update. If you haven't done so already, get sponsoring! 

19th April 2021

Our volunteers and staff are out every day, helping people, saving lives and responding to emergencies. 

We've been caring for people who are sick or injured for over one hundred years; from the battlefields during WW1 to helping out at the tragedy in Aberfan, to now when we've been on the frontline throughout Covid, supporting the NHS with our ambulance crews, on the ground in the field hospitals and now in mass vaccination centres across Wales.

They do this day in and day out, helping people like you and I, ironically especially runners in a non-Covid world as there aren't many finish lines you'll get to in Wales without seeing someone there from St John ready to help your ache/pain/twinge etc. 

As the CEO of our charity, I'm so tremendously proud to say I'm part of this organisation that does so much for so many.

But we need money so we can keep on being there for when people need us.

I have decided that as I turn 45 in May, instead of running 5k May, I'm going a bit further and running 45k in May instead!

I only started running in February (and I use the term 'running' loosely) so I am not exactly 'ready' for this challenge.... and I may live to regret this plan!  I've always been very firmly in the 'I don't run, no way, never, ever' camp!

But I'm going to do nine 5k runs throughout May (for fear anything longer might actually prove to be the last thing I do!)  It won't be fast and it won't be pretty, but I will do it!

Please, please make my effort worthwhile by supporting me and donating what you can on my JustGiving page.

You can follow my progress on this page or over on Twitter. 

Or, sign up to do your very own 5k May in aid of St John Ambulance Cymru and do a 'virtual' run with me!

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