Alex Horton’s “100k in May” for Free to Run


We are proud to tell you that Alex Horton, Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner & First Contact Practitioner Supervisor & Team Lead at the White House Clinic is running 100km in May to raise funds and awareness for this worthy cause, Free to Run.

Free to Run is a non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering women and girls in areas affected by conflict. By providing access to sports and physical activities, Free to Run fosters resilience, confidence, and leadership skills among participants, helping them to overcome the challenges they face and build a brighter future.

Motivated by a passion for promoting the well-being of others, Alex has decided to take action and contribute to this transformative cause. With an extensive background in physiotherapy and a strong belief in the power of movement, Alex recognises the profound impact that physical activity can have on individuals and communities.

To support Alex’s endeavour and make a donation towards Free to Run, please click here to view the dedicated fundraising page. Every contribution, no matter the size, will directly contribute to providing opportunities for women and girls to participate in sports, fostering resilience, and empowering them to achieve their full potential.

As you can see in the image, Alex is wearing an Ossur Knee Brace to help her achieve her goal. You can click here to learn more about these braces.

Alex’s Story

I recently saw a film about this charity, Free to Run. I was moved by the deprivation of liberties of women and girls in Afghanistan, and the leadership and running programmes that Free to Run have been tirelessly implementing to improve access to sport and education for Afghani women.

Unmarked minibuses pick women up before dawn and take them to the mountains to trail run with a lower risk of getting shot for doing so. They risk their lives every time they step out of the door. Under the Taliban regime women are not allowed to work, go to school or get a further education, and are not allowed out of the house without a male relative or their husband. They are expected to stay at home, cooking, cleaning and parenting.

We can only imagine the impact on their physical and mental health under these conditions, and I felt moved to run every day from the day I saw the film, run for the women who can’t, run to appreciate my freedom.

I decided to double my lockdown challenge and run 100km in May. When you are as slow as I am and with as many ‘balls’ in the air, fitting this in is not as easy as it sounds! Sometimes I’m having to run twice, or further if I know I will miss a day due to other commitments a distance away for example.

So I hope you can see why it is so important that we support programmes for equal rights and opportunities for women and girls, and that you can dig as deep as you can to spur me on on my daily jogs! Thank you 🙏🏽

James Walker

Service Development Director & Senior Physiotherapist

James is the Service Development Director and a Senior Physiotherapist at the White House Clinic. He qualified from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy in 2009.

James Walker

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