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January 25, 2019
Meet Gemma, our second member of the Surrey Sparklers, and one of four taking on the Quicksilver Hampton Court Half Marathon in the coming weeks.
“I’ve been working at the University for six and a half years and full time at Surrey Sports Park for the last two working in Finance as a Management Accountant. I’ve always been a keen runner and competed for England and Great Britain as a teenager alongside athletes like Mo Farah. However, over the years I’ve fallen out of the habit of exercising due to lack of motivation and the pressures of balancing work and home life. I suffer from anxiety and depression which I’ve particularly struggled with following a miscarriage two years ago, but I have always found running to be a great stress reliever.
“I am hoping to rekindle my love of running with a supportive team around me. I am starting again from zero fitness level, and one of the hardest things for me is not to compare myself with others or compete with the times I’ve run before. Working with the team at SSP is improving my confidence enormously. I have been struggling with an ankle injury, but through the multidisciplinary approach I am learning, I can build up my fitness in different ways which will ultimately help my running.
“Since signing up to the race I’ve come to realise how important it is that we are doing this as a group and supporting each other. We all have our own reasons for doing the run but can all benefit from being more active and challenging ourselves. I hope that other staff at the University see how SSP can support you in achieving your fitness goals no matter who you are or where you’re starting from. I am really looking forward to witnessing all of our journeys.”
SSP Statement – Covid 19
Following the most recent government announcement regarding Covid-19, Surrey Sports Park will be temporarily closing from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December.
We will be re-opening on Wednesday 2 December 2020.
For our full statement and more information please visit our news page.
Keep safe and well during this time and we hope to see you back at Surrey Sports Park again soon!
From Saturday 19th September, it will be essential for every person in Surrey Sports Park’s communal areas to wear a face covering. This is in-line with the campus-wide policy introduced by the University of Surrey.
The policy does not apply whilst taking part in sport and exercise and activity areas are exempt.
The University considers that the responsibility of wearing a face covering sits with individuals and we expect all our staff, students and public to adhere to this requirement where possible.
Please be mindful and respectful towards members of our community who, due to exceptional circumstances, may be unable to wear a face covering; their reasons may not be visible to others.
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