Boryana Petrova

Join our Workout for Water tribe...

... and help us change the world for thousands of children. The funds we raise will help UNICEF to complete the Lega and Yelam Gej multi-village solar-powered water systems in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia.

You can fundraise with us, donate now and join our movement to create a fitter planet. Every USD$450 we raise can provide 12 children a lifetime of clean water.

My Updates

Marathon for WATER - CHICAGO 2019 - DONE!

Chicago Marathon was completed on 13 Oct 2019 

Official time 3:40:59

Alan, Debora, Einar, Ian, Jon, Nuno, LesMills TRIBE and all my WFW sponsors:

T H A N K    Y O U 💕

My official time is 3:40:59h which is a Personal Best (PB) from my last marathon effort at 3:51:15h :). Am I happy with that? Yes, I am. With injuries (lower back, hip and ankle), freezing cold race day, jet lag and only 12 weeks training after 6 months of almost no running I was not expecting much. 

Trying to shut up the monkey on my shoulder saying I could have pushed harder and listen to the wise friend who reminded me that 'It is not worth pushing your injuries too hard for a race. There will be other races and you have already won the biggest prize in this one - helped towards improving the life of others via the Workout for Water campaign.'


My heart is content. 🙏



If you wish to join me in helping provide clean water to those who need it, donations are still very much welcome 😊


Marathon for WATER update 02 Oct 2019

LesMills BodyCombat video recorded and submitted! I was nervous. 

The second the recording stopped I unleashed and had the most awesome class ever!  laughing


Marathon for WATER update 25 Sep 2019

A L M O S T   T H E R E

The fundraising effort is almost complete thanks to YOU my generous sponsors. Shout-out to:

  • Paola Carotta
  • Alan Burn
  • John Burton
  • Vanessa & Ruben Ribado


What am I currently up to:

With less than 3 weeks to the marathon I am working to ensure I am prepared for the challenge ahead.

So, what is there to prepare you might ask?! A runner just have to ..well .. run, right? 

Absolutely, but not only. I found out the hard way (after an injury) how important strength training is to ensure that the body can cope with the training load and the demands of the race day itself.

I have been working with COMMANDO ACTIVE on my strength and mindset and I feel stronger and fitter than ever before both physically and mentally.


What is next:

  • Last few speed/ tempo sessions and medium / long runs
  • Last few strength sessions
  • Selecting and testing out my kit for the race
  • Finishing off my playlist (yes, I run with music. ALWAYS!)
  • Recording a video of me teaching a LesMills BodyCombat Class . I am so nervous and excited at the same time. (This group fitness class is an absolute passion of mine! You should give it a try).

 Once again thank you for your ongoing support. It means a lot to me


T H A N K   Y O U!!!

Marathon for WATER update 06 Sep 2019


So much support for the cause! I am lost for words as we are well over the ½ mark of the fundraising effort.

  • Noel Lai-Kit
  • Craig Stratton
  • Pragna Sree Ganesh
  • Ramandeep Sohal
  • Gah-Yi
  • Don Brook
  • Simona Zdante 
  • Nicole Mastellone
  • Zary Zarkova
  • Shimon Lev
  • Nataliya Taleva
  • Simon Head
  • Plam & Steve 
  • James Young


So what have I been up to since:

  • I did my longest run last weekend – 35km (about 21 miles)
  • I smashed yet another hill session (thanks to Air-CONDITIONED running community) and topped that up with some old fashioned speed intervals (these hurt).
  • Pushed through a challenging tempo run guided by an outstanding running coach and colleague – Ian McLaren.

What is coming next:

  • 30 km (18 miles) run coming up this weekend, working on adding some speed to the km/miles. Give me a shout if you would like to join me 

Let’s help provide some clean water to the communities in Ethiopia that need it.   


T H A N K   Y O U!!!



Marathon for WATER update 28 Aug 2019

Marathon for WATER update


Overwhelmed with the response


T H A N K   Y O U  to my generous sponsors who pushed me over the 1/3  mark of my fund raising effort.


  • Fred Parma
  • Rob Caulfield
  • Michael Jeavons
  • Sree Ganesh
  • Steve Leary
  • Paula Bistany
  • Andy Chua
  • Teodora Vasileva
  • Hristo Zlatarev
  • Teodora Andreeva
  • Veselka Shahova

You ROCK!!!


I am doing hill training tonight after work which involves mobility drills and running up 4 – 6% incline hill repeatedly at a close to max intensity for about 60 min.  


During the training I will drink at least 1 litre of water.


Will you help me treat children in Ethiopia to the same hydrating ‘luxury’?


T H A N K   Y O U  


Best regards



Marathon for WATER

Hi guys,

I am currently training for my next marathon challenge and fundraising for Workout for Water.

I need your help in raising funds to provide communities in Ethiopia with clean water.

I take about 4h to complete a marathon and I need weeks to fully recover. A child in Ethiopia walks for 4h to get to clean water on regular basis....I doubt they get any time to recover..

Any donation however small will be appreciated.

Y O U 

Thank you to my Sponsors


Michael Jeavons


Teodora Vasileva

Успех, мила сестричке! You freaking rock! 😘😘😘 ❤️


David Winter

Good luck for for the weekend. I'm sure we wil l see another PB !! :)


Boryana Petrova


Paola Carotta

well done my dear!


Rammy Sohal

Great work Boryana - good luck with your training, I'm sure you'll complete in record time!


Noel Lai-kit

Best of luck Boryana, a great cause!


Nicole Mastellone

Wonderful cause, Boryana!


Don Brook

Well done Boryana - delighted to support. Kindest WIshes, Don



You are my super hero! Love your dedication to running and charity!


Chris Price

Congratulations; you are a legend!


Nikola Runev




Julio Da Costa

Well done Boryana, great cause and and amazing effort.


Alan Burn

No need for luck Boryana, you'll smash it!


Vanessa&ruben Ribado

Good luck Bory you can do it !!!


Craig Stratton


Steve Leary

Congratulations in advance on completing this challenge. :-)


Paula Bistany

Way to go Boryana!!!! I know you'll do great for this great cause.



Good luck Boryana! :)


Sree Ganesh


Shimon Lev

Good luck Boryana!


Frederic Parma

I have no doubt you can do it :-)


Simon Head

A worthy cause - good luck!


James Young

Good luck.


Pragna Sree Ganesh




Plamena N Steve

Fantastic cause, well done for continuing to do great things.


Steph & James

Best of Luck Darling!


John Burton

Keeping trucking.


Hristo Zlatarev


Nataliya Taleva

Good luck!


Jacqui Dodd

Well done Boryana - sorry this is so late! xxx


Teodora Andreeva proud of you xxx


Veselka Shavova

Good luck <3


Michael Ezeike

Go Boryana, yes you can!



Go, go girl, you CAN!


Rob Caulfield

An excellent cause Boryana - Hope it all goes well


Andy Chua


Zary Zarkova

Good luck <3