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The story so far - November 2008, I saw the great and the good running in the Barns Green Half Marathon in my capacity as an Explorer Scout leader with 1st Shipley Scouts and thought short and soft (not long and hard, or maybe I wouldn't have come to the same conclusion)... "I could do this and raise some money along the way"
December, I got kitted out in some running shoes.
January, I went out for the first time and realised it was a jolly good thing I had allowed so long to prepare.
Since then, I have gradually been getting fitter and fitter, helped along the way by being given a running watch for my birthday in April.
In August, I broke through first the 10 mile and then 11 mile continuous running barriers.
I also now occasionally go to work by train and run from a station 7 miles from the office.
Breaking News - 8 weeks to go
I have had to buy a new pair of running shoes. 300 miles of training have worn a great chunk of tread off the original ones!!
Minor disaster - our shower has packed up at home. Exercise confined either to lunchtime runs at work or swimming, or if my co-runner lets me pop in for a hose-down after a training session.
I did my first full distance session on 13 September. It came in two parts; an 11 mile continuous run along the Downs Link path, almost to the Surrey/Sussex border and back again, and then I grabbed my gear, went round Paul's house and did two more miles more as a warm down than anything else. Broke my 2 hour target!!
Tuesday 15th - new shower installed. Praise be.
Only six weeks to go now and I'm beginning to get a bit excitable. I can't imagine what I'll be like on the day.
Under five weeks to go. The local pub has been tremendously supportive and I have put sponsor forms on the wall. The following anagram I have composed is therefore very fitting, as I am likely to end up in the Queen's Head after the run:
Barns Green Half Marathon Man, he ran far. Slog then bar!!
I have received some pretty imaginative incentivising sponsorship pledges, with people offering me money for every person I beat, or amounts for every minute under two hours etc. I have also managed to convince three other people to take part in the event, and even if they don't get themselves sponsored, their entry fee goes to the official race charity (which I am also supporting), and who knows, if I manage to run faster than them, that is worth 20p per person to charity as well!
Last update before the run - Thursday 29 October
Have spent a few weeks in the doldrums with a sore right leg, but got a convincing 4 mile run under my belt today with no major ill effects. Looking forward to Sunday. Should be great fun...
My overall aim was to raise £75 for each mile I run, and the total is to be split between three charities, but have in fact nearly got enough for £75 per mile for each of the three charities!!! This page is for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The money they receive will help to do research and ultimately find a cure for this debilitating genetic disorder. My dear friend Will is currently on a waiting list for a lung transplant operation and for him and countless others out there, I would ask you to be as generous as you are able.
STOP PRESS - Less than one week ago, Will received some new lungs! Early days yet, but I am so thrilled for him.Makes me all the more determined to raise as much as possible to prevent anyone else from having to go through that in the future!!
Thank you so much for your support
I finished the race in 2 hours 2 minutes and 9 seconds (2:02:09)
I was 896th over the line out of 1359 competitors, but my chip time was 886th quickest, so for those of you who sponsored me per person I 'beat' that is 473!! In some ways the weather tried to beat us all, but everyone who ran played their part in raising funds for charity, as some of the entry fee and the car parking went towards cancer research.
Below is a fairly comprehensive account of the race as I saw it:
I was somewhat trepidatious as I left the house anyway because of my sore right leg and not having done enough recent training, but with it blowing a hurley and there being more competitors than ever before on a course with narrow, rutted offroad paths as part of it, I didn't know what to expect really.
Chris (a.k.a. Dux)