We all need a little help from our friends

I'd like to share a story, not about myself, but about a special person who's had a positive influence in my life and is the reason why I run today.

Jill, is a runner and also doing the 21k Bellarine run with me next year. Jill is involved in her local community and is a volunteer surf lifesaver at Gunamatta Surf Lifesaving Club. I met her nearly 5 years ago when I was 12kg overweight and struggling with running a retail business. I was doing weight watchers at the time but not seeing any results. I dreaded exercise but started training with Jill once a week. She was encouraging and persistent and before long I was training with her a few times a week.

In October this year, I ran my first marathon with Jill, something I could have never contemplated 5 years ago or even 12 months ago. She coached, encouraged and supported me all the way.

Jill is a giver, she is a positive energy and gives of herself willingly and openly. She is a nurturer. I share this story because I would like Jill to know how truly special she is.

Jacqui Thals, Warrandyte, Victoria

10km Bellarine Sunset Run 2016 finisher, 21km Bellarine Sunset Run 2017 entrant.