CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Hertfordshire Life today CLICK HERE

Jennie Bond’s BUPA challenge

PUBLISHED: 12:09 22 May 2014 | UPDATED: 10:15 27 May 2014

Jennie Bond running for BUPA

Jennie Bond running for BUPA

© Tom Dymond

Jennie Bond, who grew up in Hitchin before travelling the world as BBC Royal Correspondent, spoke to Hertfordshire Life about getting fit for the challenge of the BUPA 10k, which took place on Sunday.

Her job saw her constantly looking to keep abreast of royal movements, yet wind forward 11 years and Jennie is running in circles of an altogether different kind, as she prepared to take part in a Bupa 10k challenge last weekend.

It’s all a fair distance from her days as a student at St Francis College; she was as far removed from being the sporty type as you can get.

‘Oh I hated cross country running,’ she says. ‘I found it monotonous and absolutely draining! I can’t believe I’m back to running after all these days.’

Now back in her stride as a reborn exercise fanatic, she is fully behind a Bupa campaign which looks to get over-50s active.

‘We know from research that the over-50s age group is less inclined to exercise,’ she continues. ‘I’m 63 and am trying to prove the theory wrong, but it’s important we inform people and give them the belief to get out there and be active.

‘And it’s all about being realistic. My physio says, “Don’t be ridiculous you can’t go from completely cold turkey to being an athlete in three weeks.” So he recommends I run for five minutes, then if I feel like it walk for a minute.’

So, how did the preparations for the 10k go?

‘The most I did was nearly seven kilometres and I had to walk some of the way. But it was great and I felt really positive.’

In fact, she thinks she’ll continue running after the Bupa challenge: ‘I cannot believe I’m saying this, but I think I might! The buzz you get after running is so great and it doesn’t have to be terribly time consuming. I can’t stand sports that take over your life. I’ve too much life to live!’

.

BUPA 10K

Jennie Bond ranthe Bupa 10k on May 25 to inspire people to take on a new challenge as part of Bupa’s Your First Step Campaign. For more information about how Bupa can help you achieve your fitness goals, visit bupa.co.uk/running

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hertfordshire visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hertfordshire staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hertfordshire account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from People

12:19

Buckhurst Hill’s Alexander Vesselinov who became a karate red belt at just four and a half years old

Read more
10:54

Gemma Lilly is one half of the Loughton-based Style Sisters. We talk personal style, top tipples and favourite places to shop in West Essex

Read more
00:00

Putting the spotlight on retailers whose business is an important part of the community.

Read more
Friday, November 16, 2018

Escape to the Chateau star Angel Adoree is currently reaping the benefits of her incredible vision and drive to build an overseas wedding and lifestyle business from scratch with husband Dick Strawbridge. Here she tells Essex Life about series five of the hit Channel 4 show and how a strong Essex work ethic helped her dream so big | Words: Denise Marshall

Read more
Friday, November 16, 2018

Spirit Yachts is a Suffolk success story. After 25 years of designing and building luxury vessels sailed all over the world, it has plenty to celebrate | Words: Ross Bentley

Read more
Friday, November 16, 2018

Actor Tom Burke talks to JUDI SPIERS about his production of Don Carlos staged by his own theatre company Ara, in association with Exeter’s Northcott Theatre

Read more
Friday, November 16, 2018

250 years ago this month a baron’s servant smashed down a bedroom door in St Albans’ White Hart Inn to find a prince in bed with his master’s wife. Cue a court case, a delighted press, and much airing of royal underwear

Read more
November 2018
Friday, November 16, 2018

As the Lord Bishop of Norwich, the Right Reverend Graham James, or Bishop Graham to his flock and many friends, prepares to retire, he bids a fond farewell to Norfolk

Read more
November 2018
Friday, November 16, 2018

Piotr Jajszczyk is a master jeweller who works for a 125-year-old Harrogate firm that has made jewellery for kings and presidents.

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Millennium Care believe in independence and ‘Why not’ when it comes to what helping their residents fulfil dreams.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy



Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search