Running, fundraising and babies

One of the very-clever-people behind our research is Senior Researcher, Dr Nat Gould. Not only does she hold a doctorate in pyschology and works across some of our biggest projects, Nat is also a marathon runner extraordinaire (we know, more than one marathon in a lifetime?!) and passionate fundraiser.

We caught up with Nat, just after she finished the 2019 Brighton Marathon, to find out more about her, pre-run rituals and how Natives have helped been a part of her fundraising goals this year.

Let’s jump straight in. How many marathons is it now for you?

This year’s marathon was my fourth Brighton Marathon and my third running for Grassroots, which is really exciting. This year I ran the marathon pregnant, which definitely gave it a different edge to my previous runs!

Wow, congratulations! What keeps you motivated to keep coming back year after year?

I may be having the next couple of years off because of the new family member, but we’ll see! It’s definitely the atmosphere and how the community comes together, they say the runners inspire the supporters, but in fact, it's the other way round. It’s the supporters that inspire the runners to keep on going, the energy is just amazing.

And of course, being able to raise awareness and money for a charity that is so close to my heart is just something I am so honoured to be a part of each year.

"We are so appreciative of Natalie’s passion for supporting suicide prevention efforts. The funds from her success will go towards continuing our wider efforts to prevent suicide in our communities.”

- Grassroots, Brighton Suicide Prevention Charity

Speaking of the amazing Grassroots, you raised an impressive amount this year. Could you talk us through your fundraising and how much you raised?

I am so proud of how much we raised this year, it came to over £2,000, which is just crazy when I think of my goal being £800! The support has been amazing, especially from Natives. I held a bake sale before race day and then, Natives very generously doubled my total. I really didn’t expect to raise so much.

I think people can really get behind the smaller, more local charities, and especially a cause that affects so many, it has been lovely to watch.

If you had to give some advice to an aspiring marathon runner reading this, what would it be?

It sounds cliche but believe in yourself and soak in the atmosphere because it really is electric. Don’t worry yourself about timings, because you’ll run out of time to enjoy it otherwise. Find any excuse to eat pasta on the lead up to the day. Oh, and if I can do it, anyone can!

At Natives, we always match any funds being raised for charity and have so far this year contributed over £3,000 to causes close to our hearts. If you would like to know more or want to become a Native, then check out our careers.

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