Rob Stewart, Senior Lecturer (Radiography)
Rob commented: “I am 58 years young and in the last two years have returned to running and fitness, in a bid to lose a significant amount of my body mass. I completed a Couch to 5K locally which ended with our ‘graduation’ run being the Chipping Sodbury ParkRun.
“My motivation for becoming a run leader is to encourage others that you can run at any age and fitness level in your life. You do not have to be an instant gazelle or super-fit to start! Part of the ethos of Glenside Campus is being inclusive and healthy, with tree walks being amongst the encouraged activities.
“Historically, I had always been a bit of a distance runner, having completed the London Marathon three years in a row (1994-96) but had lapsed after joining the NHS and then UWE. Returning to jogging got me back on the right track with fitness and I now regularly cycle (up to 60 miles in an outing) and can go for a 5k or 10k run without any real work up to the event.
“In future, I would like to become more regular at completing 10k’s and improve my PB for my local ParkRun.
“For anyone thinking of starting out, I would say just go and join a group. You are more likely to succeed and continue if you run socially with people. Don’t worry that you may be slow, unfit or too ‘big’. A forty-five minute 5k is just as long as a fifteen minute one, and you will be moving far faster than the person still sitting on the sofa. PB stands for personal best and is not directly comparable with anyone else’s PB.
“Being part of Team UWE Bristol means we are in it together, to show and support each other! Nobody comes home last on their own.”
You can access a range of dedicated running groups that are suitable for all abilities and led by qualified run leaders. We’ve also launched a variety of detailed training plans to help you build a running routine. Find out more.
When you sign up to the 10k with Team UWE Bristol you also get free entry to the Varsity 5k, which is taking place on Sunday 24 March at Frenchay. Find out more.
What's your 10k story?
We'd like you to share your story and what's motivated you to sign up to Team UWE Bristol.
- Can you introduce yourself, including what you do, or what you are studying at UWE Bristol?
- Can you tell us about your running story up to now? Or, are you a first time runner and what has inspired you to take part in the Great Bristol 10k?
- Do you have any future running goals? (i.e. are you hoping to set a new personal best or are you running for a charity?
- What advice would you give those just starting their running journey?
- What is the best thing about being part of Team UWE Bristol?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your story and a high res image.
Be part of the team
The Great Bristol 10K is open to all abilities, so all UWE Bristol students, staff and alumni are invited to be part of Team UWE Bristol on Sunday 5 May. You will receive a fantastic discounted run entry fee as well as a team T-shirt.
Whether you’re running, jogging or walking, Team UWE Bristol will be supporting you all the way! Be Good To Yourself, Get Active and sign up today.
Sign-up for the Great Bristol 10k here.