On Sunday 8 September 2013, myself and nearly 20,000 runners headed to Greenwich Park to run the annual Run to the Beat half marathon.
Also running was classical singer Laura Wright, who has performed with Alfie Boe and Russell Watson, as well as singing at the Olympic Stadium and for the Queen. With more than one million album sales under her belt, Laura has been one of the biggest selling classical artists the decade – not to mention the first female singer since Katherine Jenkins to reach Number One in the Classical Chart with her album The Last Rose.
We caught up with the operatic beauty post-run to find out what motivated her to put on her trainers…
I was meant to run the London Marathon in April for Nordoff Robbins, who I first got involved with in 2012 when they were generous enough to present me with a Silver clef award, but due to a knee injury in training, I couldn’t run and had to sadly pull out.
I was absolutely devastated, so when there was another opportunity to take part and do Run to the Beat, I leapt at the opportunity. I think the work Nordoff Robbins does is incredibly important and I love supporting them in any way I can.
I have to manage my time carefully when recording albums and performing all over the place. I find running and exercising very therapeutic and a release from my everyday performing life, as for the half marathon I really enjoyed it; it was a tough course though and there was an enormous hill at the end which was a massive struggle psychologically.
I think music really helps when exercising and while I love listening to classical music, that’s not what got me round the course!!! I listen to a variety of music, but mainly progressive house, dubstep, drum and bass and a bit of indie stuff! At the moment I am loving London Grammar’s album, their lyrics are beautiful.
I am hoping to take part in the London Marathon in April after having to drop out this year! But in the meantime I am heading to China and performing at Twickenham stadium for the QBE internationals! The atmosphere at Twickenham Stadium is always electric, its one of my favourite places to perform. I feel at home there!