Race for Life

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautifully sunny long weekend! I ended up a little pink, but it was definitely worth it 🙂

As I mentioned previously, on Sunday a couple friends and I ran Race for Life, in support of Cancer Research UK. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, as I hadn’t done one of these events before, but it was fantastic!

There were hundreds of people there. There was music, dancing, and the sun was out in full force. (I’ll admit, I was very tempted to just lie on the grass and let the others run without me).

It was also extremely well organised. Race packs were sent out well in advance, with detailled instructions; start areas for runners, joggers and walkers were clearly indicated; there were TONS of portaloos (and no queues), and the organised warmup was great fun. I can’t believe how enthusiastic the volunteers were, either! All lovely, smiley and chatty. One of them even stood in the middle of the road at around the 3k mark to high-five every. single. person. as they passed him – this put SUCH a smile on my face!

Whilst the high temperature made running a little tough (I did most of my marathon training in sub-6 degrees over the winter ..) I really enjoyed it. To be fair, I did walk up a particularly big hill, and along a tarmac road that was reflecting some serious heat .. But I still finished with a ‘gun’ time of 32:40. No clue what my actual time was, but of course being an untimed event, it didn’t matter.

The supporters were fab – almost the entire way around the course they were cheering, clapping and encouraging us all. It was wonderful to see so many people taking part, and there was a real feeling of solidarity between runners, joggers and walkers alike. I really hadn’t appreciated before now just what a difference the crowd support can make when  you’re starting to flag. Thank you so much, you wonderful people!

It was really touching reading the signs on people’s tops, as many were running for family members and friends that they had lost (a few quite recently). My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by this awful illness – I’m sure whoever you were running for would have been proud of you.

I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to the organisers, supporters and volunteers (you were all amazing!) and WELL DONE to everyone who took part. We all rocked it, and I can’t wait to see how much was raised!

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