Raphaella Silva is a first year student, studying Urban Planning, at UWE Bristol.

Raphaella commented: "Running has never been my forte. At school, I loved all sports apart from athletics. I was in the rowing team for two years and before that, I took part in basketball, volleyball and swimming. Sports has always been a stress reliever for me and part of my routine. However, during my A-levels, I became less active due to a lack of time management as well as being busy, which meant I was frequently tired."

"My motivation for running the 10K is that it has been on my bucket list for a while and I finally saw the opportunity to act on it. I also wanted to get active again and challenge myself. In addition to this, I wanted to give back to the community, which I am by fundraising and raising awareness for the NSPCC."

"In future, I am hoping to take part in more runs like this and improve each time. As well as taking on the 10k I am aiming to complete at least 25 things off my bucket list. Items include skydiving, scuba diving, attempting martial arts, taking part in the Ultra MMA and lastly to improve my archery skills. I want to try and step out of my comfort zone because I am curious about so much and want to experience so much."

"The piece of advice I wish that I was given is ‘you are not going to be amazing in the beginning, but that’s why they say practice makes perfect’. Everyone starts somewhere, so you just have to start. Face your fears, step out of your comfort zone, don’t create excuses but, create reasons to go and keep going! And hey, it’s okay to look lost in the gym and not know what you are doing. It’s okay because you have taken one of the hardest steps which is starting. So be proud of that and keep going! Just do it."




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Training tips

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 10kstory@uwe.ac.uk 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.