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FIT AT FORTY – Prima's Joanne Woodman completes Rainford 10K

Prima’s Accounts Manager, Joanne Woodman recently completed the Rainford 10K, but not only did she complete it, she recorded a personal best time.
The aim of the event was to raise awareness for the Sands Charity.
The Sands Charity offer emotional support and information for parents, grandparents, siblings, children, families and friends who have been affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth.
As well as supporting the phenomenal work of this charity, Jo also has a few more personal reasons that have powered her forward to take part in such demanding challenges such as this.
She calls it FIT AT FORTY.
Joanne said: “Turning 40 was a scary moment, I was overweight, unfit, enjoyed a few glasses of wine, the odd cigarette and good food.
Just after my 39th birthday I realised this had to change I wanted to be fit and healthy in my 40’s, so my friend and I started a local slimming club, I gave up smoking and cut down on the alcohol.
12 months ago (12 months into my FIT AT FORTY plan) I had lost 3 stone, so my next mission was to get fit.
Having never ran before, my friend and I set up a weekly running club,  jogging and walking then progressing form 2K to 3K then running 5K.
We set ourselves a challenge to do the St Helens 10K in March this year for the Steve Prescott Foundation, with the mission to use our weight loss to help raise money for local charities.  
This then led us to signing up for The Rainford 10K. We had 7 months to improve our running and fitness, so to finish the race with a personal best time of 57 mins is a very proud moment, having now lost nearly 4stone and dropped 4/5 dress sizes.”
Ian Buckley, Prima’s General Manager adds: “As a team, we actively encourage each other to take part in such events. As a further incentive, the company offers employees an additional day of annual leave to participate in registered charity fundraising. Regular team and individual activities help boost team morale and the general health and well being of our people so why not encourage such activities