Sophie Aldus took up running just four months ago and now she is preparing to tackle her first 10K challenge in aid of a charity that helps her little boy.
The 26-year-old mum has entered the Asda Foundation Hull 10K on Sunday 18th June to raise money for the Special Stars Foundation, which aims to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families. Its services include the provision of social activities and trips around the region.
But entering a race was the last things on Sophie’s mind when she set out on her first run on January 17th.
She said: “I had struggled with mental health problems. I was stressed and strained and looking for a healthier lifestyle. I started running and felt better than I had done for years. I’m now weaning myself off anti-depressants.
“I started running for me but then I saw a poster at my local running group saying that Special Stars were looking for people to run for them. I decided to give it a go.”
Sophie’s four-year-old son, Jack, has autism and attends play sessions organised by Special Stars.
She Said: “We have only been going for a few months but it’s made a heck of a difference. It’s a chance to take your child somewhere with an atmosphere that encourages them to do their own thing and learn in their own way.”
Sophie, now a regular at her local Park Run, said her training was going well and she was looking forward to her 10K debut.
Special Stars is one of the event’s partner charities along Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Child Dynamix, Dove House Hospice, Candlelighters, Hull and East Riding Breast Friends, Jerry Green Dog Rescue and Hull Homeless Community Project.