Supporter loses more than eight stone for Half Marathon
15 August 2017 15:00
Louise ready to take on Royal Parks Half Marathon after losing more than eight stone in 15 months
A woman from West London is preparing to run the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon for us.
Louise Visminas, 49 and from Hayes, is taking on the 13.1 mile challenge as part of a wider fitness regime that has seen her lose an astonishing 52 kilos, more than eight stone, since February 2016. She explains: “I ended up having a few health issues and eventually came to the realisation that it had to stop. Something needed to change and that’s when I decided to start improving my fitness."
"I’m now in a place where I’ve constantly got to challenge myself. I do the park run every week, which is 5k, and also took part in a charity walk last September. I ended up covering 7k in 50 minutes, and then thought, why not start running?"
Louise, who works as a Workshop Administrator for a road markings company, is no stranger to the military world. She explains: “My uncle died in Dunkirk aged just 21. I also have one nephew who Served in the Royal Air Force and another uncle who was a Desert Rat."
“This half marathon is a huge challenge for me as I’ve never been a runner of any kind of distance before, but I know I’ll get through it and it’ll all be worth it! For anyone thinking about doing something similar, I’d say just do it and make sure you have fun."
"Raising money for any charity doesn’t have to be hard work, it can be the most amazing fun and and incredibly rewarding experience."
Louise first came across the charity on Facebook, while she herself has seen the profound impact that blindness can have on someone’s life. She explains: “My dad’s eyesight began to deteriorate later on in life and in the end he was rendered almost completely blind. I know just how isolated people can feel and so I fully appreciate just how important the services provided by Blind Veterans UK are. While I think I could cope with any disability, I honestly don’t think I could cope with losing my sight. The bravery of the veterans this charity supports is truly inspirational.”
Louise, who is originally from Berinsfield, Oxfordshire, has enlisted the help of a personal trainer who’s been helping her continue her incredible fitness regime. She says: “I’ve been working with her for a couple of months now and she’s been fantastic. She’s got me doing core work and lots of cardio, making sure we’re keeping track of my resting rate and things like that. I’ve just completed a 17k run too which went well."
"This half marathon is a huge challenge for me as I’ve never been a runner of any kind of distance before, but I know I’ll get through it and it’ll all be worth it! For anyone thinking about doing something similar, I’d say just do it and make sure you have fun. Raising money for any charity doesn’t have to be hard work, it can be the most amazing fun and and incredibly rewarding experience."
To support Louise as she prepares to take on the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, please visit: Just Giving.
The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon is one of the most popular events in the UK, taking you through Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. For a registration fee of £30 and a minimum sponsorship pledge of £300, participants can still sign up to run on behalf of Blind Veterans UK.
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