How a chance conversation led me to a new hobby

It’s funny how a chance conversation with my boss led me to running away from zombies.

It all started a year ago when my boss Julian at Barratt Homes asked if I could rally up a team for the annual Barratt Homes Romsey Relay Marathon.

It’s an event that the company has been sponsoring for years and sees hundreds of people come together to take part in a marathon in teams. Each participant runs a leg of just over two and a half miles and passes the baton to a team mate to continue.

It raises thousands of pounds for various charities every year and is a popular event for those starting out in competitive running, due to the short distance involved and team spirit.

Anyway, back to a year ago when Julian asked me to assemble a team.

I’d gathered a few willing troops and suddenly in the back of my mind I wondered if I could do it. I’d not run since school and while I kept fit, I wasn’t a keen runner.

Determined to set myself a new challenge, I proudly told Julian he had his team…and I was part of it.

Taking part last year was a brilliant feeling. It took me about 30 minutes to complete my 2.6-mile leg, which meant I was one of the slower runners but I was so chuffed that I’d done it. Taking part in a relay event is a brilliant feeling and it’s good to have the support of the team.

I’ve kept up my running ever since, training three or four times a week and even took part in a ‘zombie run’ in Reading last year! The event sees you run a 5k while escaping from actors dressed up as zombies and battling various inflatable obstacles.

If you’d told me a year ago I’d be doing that I would never have believed you!

This spring I’m gearing up to take part in the Barratt Homes Romsey Relay Marathon once again, along with my team mates from Barratt Homes. We’re raising money for the RNLI, which we believe is a really important charity.

It’s not too late to sign up for the race – entries are still open. My advice to anyone thinking of taking part is to go for it – you might just find a new hobby like I did!

Lisa Hanvey, PA at Barratt Homes in Southampton