Lauren Barker was looking to make a big fundraising impact for BON with her second ever half marathon, and this time Leeds was the race of choice. The weather was hot, the crowds were out and the runners were ready for 13.1 miles of fun. Lauren told us how she'd come to run for Brunswick:

I decided I would run a half marathon at the start of the year and Leeds seemed the perfect option. Brunswick Organic Nursery was always going to be my chosen charity. My brother in law, William Sharman, works at BON and keeps me up to date with what he has been up to. I’m always fascinated in what he builds during the woodworking sessions, whether it be bird tables, hedgehog hotels, etc… In fact, I was so impressed with the work, I commissioned a bird table to go in my garden a few years back. He thoroughly enjoys working at BON and knowing he is gaining experience and learning through meaningful work means so much to me.

Celebrating its 34th race, the Leeds Half Marathon is firmly established as one of the highlights in Leeds’ sporting calendar with approximately 9000 people signing up. The course is known to be very challenging with lots of hills, however, it’s incredibly popular and is Yorkshire’s biggest half marathon.

Lauren tells us what the race felt like:

A few people had warned me it was quite hilly, however, I felt strong from my training and I knew deep down I would be ok. The half started right in the city centre and the crowds there were fantastic. As we crossed the start, we were straight into the first incline. I think it was well over a mile before I realised I was actually racing as I felt like I was floating along grinning at everyone like a lunatic. It was so much fun.

However, the hills were relentless and my legs did start to burn. Having said this, the crowds were incredible. Just after mile 3, I saw Will and his family which gave me such a buzz. After a quick hug and a photo, I was back on the road with a massive smile on my face (if a little emotional) and the hills didn’t seem to faze me as much.

All in all, Leeds is definitely a great event with fantastic support, superb organisation and a challenging but rewarding course. I would definitely do it again… I think!

 Lauren has raised over £1190 for BON with a big donation coming from the company she works at, Lawcris Panel Products. Simon Hall, Managing Director, adds, “We are so proud of Lauren and the money raised for Brunswick Organic Nursery. Smaller charities sometimes need a voice and we hope we have helped in raising awareness of this fantastic organisation which obviously means so much to her.”

Brunswick are proud of you too, Lauren! Thank you so much, and we'll be cheering you on for your next race!