Personal trainer Runs to the Beat
A PERSONAL trainer has gathered a group of his clients together to take part in a charity run this weekend.
Chesham based personal trainer, Jonathan Popple, of JJP Training, has rounded up 16 of his clients to take part in the 10km race Run to the Beat 2015 on Sunday.
The route, which is held in Wembley Park, has music along the way to motivate the runners.
The team is raising money for Crohn’s & Colitis UK.
Crohn’s and colitis affect a growing number of people, some 261,000 in the UK, particularly young adults, mostly affecting the intestines, causing ulceration and inflammation.
Crohn’s can also affect other areas of the body such as the joints and eyes.
During a flare, it is harder for the body to absorb nutrients from food, meaning sufferers have no energy and even simple physical tasks such as walking the dog or heading to the shops or getting ready in the morning can seem almost impossible. There are drugs to keep flares under control, but there is currently no cure.
Mr Popple, whose wife Natalie has ulcerative colitis and mother-in-law has Crohn’s, knows first hand what an awful disease it is.
He said: “Seeing a loved one in so much pain, knowing there’s nothing you can do to remove that pain, is horrible. Hearing them crying in the night is the worst. And what makes it frustrating is that on the outside they look normal, so other people just don’t understand, they think it’s just an upset stomach.
“Luckily, Natalie is currently in remission, so we really appreciate these happy times, but you never know what’s around Jonathan Popple, of JJP Training, has rounded-up 16 of his clients to take part in the 10km race Run to the Beat 2015 the corner. For the time being, we eat a clean, mostly organic diet and exercise regularly to maximise Natalie’s health.
“I’m very proud of all of my team, I know some of them have been a little anxious about the run, but they have all attended specific sessions to prepare them, as well as running on their own in between.
“Raising money for Crohn’s & Colitis UK will help with research to identify causes and hopefully one day find a cure. If you’d like to sponsor us, it would be very much appreciated.”
To sponsor the team, visit www.justgiving.com/ jjptraining.
Sponsorship forms are also available at Chesham Moor Gym and Swim in Moor Road.