Sunday, 27 July 2008

Race for Life - Essex University 27 July 2008

Today's Race for Life at Essex University was the last one of 2008, with over 2,000 women from the Colchester area taking part to raise, we hope, in excess of £128,000.

Race for Life is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event. In 2007, 665,000 of us walked, jogged or ran 5k and raised £40 million for the vital work of Cancer Research UK – the world’s leading independent organisation dedicated to cancer research.

The sun beat down on us relentlessly today. 30 degrees, with no shade and no breeze (hazard of venturing inland!). Even by the end of the gentle aerobic warm-up I had a thumping headache and it was clear that (a) I should have brought a hat, (b) my nocturnal so-called training had not really prepared me for this, and (c) my bottle of water was far too small!

But the tremendous atmosphere banished any qualms about striding out in the heat. I had planned to part-run, part-walk the course, but as it turned out I ran for longer than I'd intended. As last year, I found myself carried along by the wonderful sisterly esprit de corps; the overwhelming sense of purpose displayed by all the participants - from ages 5 to 75, and of every size, shape and fitness; the deeply moving two minutes' silence before the race; reading the names and photos on the other runners' backs; and thinking about those known to me who have won, and those who have lost, the battle against cancer - and most of all, those who are fighting right now.

Here are some pics.

















Anyway, I got round in one piece, received a medal to prove it, wolfed down a very welcome ice-cream, then came home for a soak in a refreshing lukewarm bath. Put my feet up with a large pot of tea and a good book . . . and woke up several hours later!


A million thanks to all my sponsors. My fundraising page stays open until the end of September, so if you haven't yet, but would like to, you can contribute to the life-saving work of Cancer Research by clicking here.

8 comments:

monix said...

Well done, J! We are all as proud as H.

wordsmith_for_hire said...

Well done from me too. I'm quite disgusted that you managed to look so amazingly glamorous, heatwave or no heatwave! Just how do you do it? But seriously, I did a six-mile hike for fun today (no money raised) so you score waaaay above me.

60 Going On 16 said...

Fantastic, J. So proud of you and so proud to have you as a friend.

Cath said...

Huge and hearty congratulations - a brilliant effort.

Rob Spence said...

Well done - and you look fresh as a daisy at the end.

KSV Woolfoot said...

Looking good, Juliet. And the kids look sweet too. I am sure they are proud.

I was glad to see your recent comments on my blog. My question (expressed there and for good measure, here as well) is whether you have any interest in hauling out your blue and white for a little bloggish display. I have at least one more post on that topic brewing...

Peter Ashley said...

Well done. I did a sprint yesterday to stop a traffic warden putting a ticket on the car, but it's not as good as this.

Juliet said...

Thanks everyone!

Kim - I have and I will, but probably not until after the school hols - I'm stressed out with the work/family juggling and there isn't a clear surface in the house to unload spare china onto! Meanwhile, I shall continue to enjoy yours instead.