Well I DID IT! After 2 years of having “running injuries” being labelled a flake, weak, depressed, a neurotic and goodness knows what else I rose above it all got my number and ran 3 miles at my old school Stover http://www.stover.co.uk today raising cash for MS Society and Globals Make Some Noise. The course was partly our old cross country course ending with “Torture Field” which we used to have to run up during cross country or early in the morning when we had misbehaved the night before. I have recently found out that the school are no longer allowed to make pupils do this due to infringement of human rights or health and safety or some such nonsense. It never did us any harm. Much!
We had the most glorious of sunshine and so much support with people either running alongside, helping on the sidelines or babysitting my children for me. I think Rob was a bit worried as I was clearly very slow and had to stop and walk several times, my balance was completely off and I was stumbling all over the place like a drunkard! He was worried I would be upset that I was so much slower than I ever have been. The last time we ran together in 2011 i streaked away from him at the Tavy 7 but today he had to wait for me. He was worried I would take this very badly but this didn’t cross my mind. I was just happy to get one more running number (even if it turns out to be my last) and be able to participate. I was surrounded by people that are special to me and yapped all the way around. It was great to catch up with my good friend Debra Searle who is a famous motivational speaker/adventurer now, she rowed the Atlantic solo when her husband abandoned ship due to an anxiety attack. She is currently training a team of normal everyday women to walk to the North Pole http://www.debrasearle.com to me she is just “Deb” my old school friend, tennis partner and fellow netball team member. Also Kathryn Harvey was there another fellow dormitory companion, my bridesmaid as I was hers, she also played netball, she had travelled 3 hours from Hampshire to join us today, her son, Aaron also competed and won his category u14. So very proud of him. Cathy Warne and Fanny Foo were on the sidelines looking after coats and Sam and Eli. Sally and Matt Parkins looked after Tom. Then we had runners from ORC http://www.okehamptonrunningclub.com including Marilyn Cooper, Jane Jackson, Mags and Colin Jarvis, Janet and Sarah Haigh. The Baptist Church were there in support too and Jeff (pastor) and Antonia Jacobson were in attendance http://www.okebaptists.org.uk. Jeff was looking after their children whilst Antonia ran with us.
Last but not least my Rob who ran beside me the whole time, telling me when to stop and when to carry on, holding my hand when I was about to fall, ready to catch me if I did. Rob is currently doing a blog too (which is much more amazing than mine) http://www.south2north.com which is his story about running the length of Dartmoor. So what next? No idea, I want to be baptised this year, do another 3 mile run and travel somewhere on an aeroplane with my boys – I doubt very much it will be any further than Spain but you never know…..
Positive thought: be kind to everyone you meet, you never know what another person is going through