THIS time last year I was in Newcastle ready to take part in the Great North Run.
I was running and raising money for Action for Children, a charity doing some amazing work for young people. It had been a last-minute decision because Chris and I had just returned from Vienna where we’d been celebrating his fortieth birthday. We went from Vienna to Newcastle only stopping at home briefly to pick up my kit-bag.
We’d consumed a fair bit of cake in Vienna, so I wasn’t sure how well I would run, but on the day, the atmosphere carried me round. I ran a perfect race (if I do say so myself), recording 22-minute 5km splits all the way, setting a personal best of one hour 34. Friends and family came to cheer me on, and I even got on telly twice. My mum spotted me coming over the bridge because of my ‘dodgy arm’. It really was a great day.
This morning, I can’t help feeling a bit sad that I’m not there. Instead I will be watching, cheering on my friends from the comfort of the sofa. My friends all have their own goals, and are running for some fantastic charities. I wanted to wish them all good luck.
I also wanted to mention one friend in particular, seventeen-year-old Katie Lee, who is running her first half marathon. Katie has taken part in the Junior Great North Run every year since she was old enough, and is now stepping up to the full 13.1 mile distance. Katie has epilepsy and has faced a few challenges because of her condition, but she never lets it get in the way of her running. There’s an article about Katie on the Great North Run website, which you can read here. She is running for Epilepsy Action.
The TV coverage will be starting soon so I’m going to wrap up this post, get the kettle on and put my feet up.
Good luck everyone!