Freedom Leisure rehabilitation expert trainer is putting herself in her clients’ shoes by lacing up her trainers for the Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of the Stroke Association.
Stephanie Wadlow, 52, is well-known locally for her award-winning work as a health programme manager at Hailsham Leisure Centre, operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Wealden District Council.
There she works with people who are living with the effects of serious illnesses including stroke, heart disease, cancer and Parkinson’s Disease.
Her classes and one-to-one advisory sessions have changed many people’s lives by improving their strength, health and sense of well-being. Physical activity is key to Stephanie’s programmes and through her guidance and care, people progress week-by-week.
Stephanie works closely with the Stroke Association which refers many people to Hailsham Leisure Centre to follow her rehabilitation programme. She was both delighted and surprised when they offered her a place in the London Marathon, especially as it’s been seven years since she last ran this distance.
Stephanie accepted the place with mixed feelings and said, “I have run a few marathons but not for many years. While my day-to-day work keeps me very active and busy, training for a marathon is another challenge altogether.
“Having got over the initial concern about fitting in the training and being able to complete the distance, I’m now progressing pretty well.”
The tables have very much turned, with Stephanie now receiving plenty of encouragement and support from her clients.
She said, “It’s lovely to see and I really appreciate their confidence in me to run the marathon.
“It’s usually me encouraging them to achieve their potential but now, after our training sessions, they turn to me and offer their support.”
Stephanie is making the most of the facilities, using the gym and treadmills for training when she’s off duty. Her main aim is to raise cash and awareness for the Stroke Association.
For more about the rehabilitation programmes, call 01323 846755 or visit www.freedom-leisure.co.uk.
To sponsor Stephanie visit www.justgiving.com/stephanie-wadlow1/.
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