Natalia Guimaraes to run half marathon for charity


Many of you might know our receptionist, Natalia, from the friendly voice behind the phone. But did you know that Natalia is just about to embark on a half-marathon?

We have a great team here at Westbury, and when someone does something great, we want to talk about it.

I asked Natalia to tell us a bit more about why she’s challenging herself and it turned out to be quite a story.

“At the age of 3 my parents realised I had trouble breathing, I would get tired and breathless easily; playing, running around and even speaking. I was later diagnosed with asthma. My mum, thinking it was a problem for me (or for her, to run me to the hospital every second night) kept me away from sports and exercises that required any effort.

Growing up I learnt to deal with asthma and also learnt that participating in sport improves the lifestyle of asthma suffers. When I turned 24, I was slightly overweight and had asthma attacks at night. My GP suggested that I changed my prescription to a stronger one. Not very happy about the decision I thought I could do something to improve my condition. So I started running. Improvement came with time and so did my health.

I can’t remember the last time I had to use my medicine.

Two years ago I joined my first running competition, it was a 5k run and I was thrilled to finish it. A few months later I did a 10k run and now I have made the decision to run a half Marathon. I have been training since June.

When I heard that a 2 year old boy that my friend looks after was diagnosed with cancer. My fiancé and I decided to take part in the half marathon to raise money for CLIC Sargent. This organisation is for children with cancer and we want to dedicate the run to this wonderful little boy.”

The run will take place on Sunday the 18th of October and we are really looking forward to it. Please feel free to support Natalia and her chosen charity by going to the following link