Dear Everyone involved in the Newcastle Race for Life 2015,
I shouted ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ to as many of you as I could yesterday but with so many people attending the Race for Life, Newcastle, it wasn’t really enough. That and the fact that I was only just wheezing it, probably inaudibly, from about 2km into the 10k run.
So I thought I would write to everyone involved as well.
It started off personal, doing this Race for Life. A challenge to my post-baby fitness to run 10k as fast as I could and then get round the 5k course. A personal way to remember my 3 grandparents and sister-in-law taken by various forms of cancer. More positively to celebrate my cousin surviving 5 years cancer free after her breast cancer diagnosis in her late 20s.
An opportunity with the incredibly support of my generous family and friends to raise a bit of money for cancer research.
It turns out to have been so much more than that.
I wanted to say such a huge congratulations to everyone who made it round the course.
You were all amazing.
Those of you who sprinted round in 20-odd minutes and those who made it round in well over an hour.
The time and the ‘race’ didn’t actually reflect how incredible you all were. What you really achieved was to take your experiences of sadness, suffering, sorrow or survival and turning them into something positive.
So many of you had signs on your backs telling us why you were running. I read as many of them as I could. Some still make me tear up:
‘For everyone still fighting’
‘For my Mam’
‘For my Dad who beat cancer. And my baby sister who didn’t’
‘For a world where my one year old daughter can grow up without fear of cancer’
So many stories. So much motivation to raise money for further cancer research.
I’ve never been anywhere surrounded with so much sadness and positivity at the same time.
At the start you all stood in silence for a minute remembering your personal reasons for running. I stood there too, and joined in with some of your tears.
There was an explosion of pink shiny ribbons. Minutes later there was a sea of awesome ladies in pink, a few with tutus and fairy wings, bopping to the warm up music.
So congratulations to you all if you were part of this. Your stories were heartbreaking and inspiring. Your running, jogging, walking and dancing with such motivation a privilege to have been a part.
To the organisers, volunteers and supporters a huge thank you too. This incredible event could not have taken place without you. You made what could have been a difficult trek round many kilometres feel fun. Your enthusiasm actually made me smile at 8km into my run. I don’t think ANYTHING else has ever achieved this.
Thank you so much everyone at the Race for Life, I think half a million pounds were raised in Newcastle over this weekend for further cancer research!
Have you ever been involved in a Race for Life? I’d love to read any of your comments.
Please note I was a little carried away with everything on the day and did not take a single picture. So please forgive these posed ones taken on my return home. I am quite clearly not a fitness model, and did not think to shower or fix my hair post-run, but was very proud to be wearing my new T-shirt!
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