Yorkshire 10 mile fundraising heroes - Jane & Richard

Jane & Richard are the brilliantly talented folk behind the York-based web design company Maraid Design. And the people who built our lovely website for us. They're both keen runners and can be seen regularly on a Thursday running round the streets of York. We were chuffed when they said they'd run the Yorkshire 10 Mile for AAM and thought it'd be nice to find out a bit about why they decided to fundraise for us. 

Why did you decide to raise funds for Accessible Arts & Media?

Jane: Our business did some work with AAM. We experienced first hand the wonderful work they do. I'm happy to help AAM in a small way - they do so much for other people.

Richard: We've worked for Accessible Arts & Media in the past and I was amazed by the work they did in the local community and wanted to help them financially.

If you had to sum up Accessible Arts & Media in three words, what words would you choose?

Jane: Friendly, fun, creative

Richard: fun, important, community

How would you describe the difference Accessible Arts & Media makes?

Jane: I'm going to struggle to put that into words! The people involved in AAM's creative learning programmes benefit greatly but so does York's community as a whole. York wouldn't be the same without them. 

Richard: They help bring people together and give opportunities to people who don't normally get.

How's your training going?

Jane: Eeek! Ok - I think. I'm doing the occasional 8-mile run and still nervous but excited to go the whole ten miles!

Richard: Pretty good, I'm running regularly but still not run 10 miles in one go yet.

Do you have any top training tips for others looking to run 10-mile race?

Jane: Try some running. I found I got to two miles quite easily. On a day when I felt I had energy I stretched that to 5 miles. At that point you start to realise 10 miles maybe isn't impossible after all! 

Richard: Try and get out as often as you can and do 3-mile runs and a nice steady pace. When you're comfortable doing that, start doing slightly longer distances, building up to 10 miles.  

We love music here at AAM - what's the track guaranteed to get you going when you're out training?

Jane: Ah - easy - Public Enemy -  It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Richard: Loefah - Mud

Good luck with the run guys, and thanks again - we'll all be cheering you on!

If you'd like to support Maraid Design's Yorkshire 10 mile fundraising you can make a donation on their JustGiving Page