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Fundraising for The Prince's Trust

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  • Event: Bupa Great North Run 2009, 20 Sep 2009

The Prince's Trust

We support vulnerable young people to transform their lives

Charity Registration No. 1079675

Story

We decided to do something for the Prince's Trust early this year, when we found out that we had a place on the Great North Run, I knew I was up against it! I haven't run for over 10 years, and I'm way out of shape. I've been working really hard for about 5 months now, trying to drag myself into enough shape to get round the course. The sweep-up time is 17 minutes per mile. This is actually quite scary, and trying to keep myself motivated enough to keep training is one of the hardest things I have ever done.

One of the things that really does motivate me, is when I get sponsored, please donate, even if it is a couple of quid, each time someone does donate, I get a big git of guilt and need to get to the gym.

**UPDATE** Race completed in 3h 22m 50s - Thankyou for your support!

I had the most incredible day! We left Preston at 5, and there was a great atmosphere in Newcastle to greet us at the start.

The first mile went in no time flat, I was walking uphill and running down. I got to 6 miles thinking "this is great, I'm really enjoying my run, the Prince's Trust cheer squad gave me a big boost at 6 miles but by mile 7 I was toast! My legs felt like they were made of stone and I couldn't for the life of me break into a run.

Right on cue by the side of the road a local family was dishing out biscuits that they had bought to the runners, I couldn't believe the generosity an support from the people of Tyneside, what a great place! The well wishers and supporters kept me going until mile 10 where again I was really struggling. A runner for MS picked me up (not literally!) and cheered me through the Bupa boost zone and past 10 miles.

The next 2 were a real challenge, everything was hurting by now and it's all uphill too. As I crested the hill and saw the sea and downhill I was so relieved, but getting to the bottom of hill, turning left and seeing that I was only at 12 miles with an uphill mile still to go was really hard. I trudged away and with 800m to go, 2 guys from Meningitis research that I'd seen at the start gave me a huge cheer, which was enough to spill me jogging over the last 200m. As soon as I crossed the line I was completely overwhelmed. I simply could not believe what I had achieved and burst into tears.

Once I had composed myself I managed to find out my time, I had run and walked it in 3h22m50s and raised over £600. I reunited with the other Starbucks runners and shared their stories too, we had such an incredible day

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