Tina Robertson is clocking up the miles in memory of her mum
Tina Robertson is now nearing the end of her year-long running challenge.
WHEN Tina Robertson lost her beloved mum after a short battle against cancer, she needed an outlet and focus for her grief. Grateful for the help and support the family got, she chose to channel her energies into raising money for charity.
But this was to be no ordinary, simple fund-raiser. The thirty-four-year-old decided to set herself a mammoth 1,000-mile running challenge to thank those who helped care for her mum.
Tina is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and for Ward 32 at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, where Christine Roberts, who died last November at the age of just fifty-seven, was cared for.
The demanding challenge Tina set herself is to attempt to run 1,000 miles before the year is out – juggling this round a full-time job, two children and a husband working shifts.
The Carnoustie mum, who is a university admissions officer, wants to give something back to the people who helped the family in their hour of need.
“After Mum died we used the Macmillan website and staff for support on how to understand your feelings when you have lost a loved one and to grasp that people grieve differently,” Tina, who hopes to raise £2,500, explained. “And the staff on Ward Thirty-two were such a comfort at a very difficult time.”
Tina says she is on target for hitting the 1,000 mile challenge, but admits it has been “incredibly tough” at times. However, the support of her husband, Colin, and children Danielle, ten, and Logan, eight, as well as friends, family and colleagues, is helping get her through – as is the memory of her mum.
“This is a mammoth challenge,” Tina admits, “but I felt I needed to do something which would really test me – I’m pushing myself further than I ever have before.
“I started the challenge on January the third and recall feeling quite daunted when I thought what was ahead – one thousand miles, to be exact! I knew I would need to be so disciplined to run nearly every single day. To go from very little exercise to that was scary, but I’m coping well and keeping fit and healthy, thankfully.
“I decided to split the run into mini challenges so that I can see the progress I am making along the way. It also helps keep me motivated, seeing the milestones being ticked off.
“It’s difficult to juggle the challenge around such a busy work and home life. I go out running four times a week at lunchtime, doing at least three miles each time.
“The rest of the runs are done when my kids are at their clubs. My husband works nights, but when he is around to look after the kids I try to fit in longer runs.
“I didn’t fully appreciate how hard it would be. I assumed doing three miles a day would be easy but it hasn’t been, and on days when the weather has been miserable it’s hard to find the motivation.
“Every now and then my enthusiasm wanes but I’m fortunate that I have friends who run with me, so they help keep me on track. If I’m having a bad day, they push me to go out.
“I must admit my legs are constantly tired, but I feel such a buzz when I complete another run and chalk up the miles.
“My dad has said to me many times that he is so proud of what I’m doing – and that my mum would be, too. What better motivation could I have?” n
If you’d like to help Tina in her fund-raising efforts, go to https://www. gofundme.com/ tinarobertson.
Tina clocks up some miles during her lunchtime.
Tina with her family on graduation day, and left, stopping for a breather on her running route.