Well it was hard, as you’d expect. However my knee held together till the final descent and I managed to run the entire course which other than my main goal of completing it was my next goal. I had aimed for 4.30, but according to the internet my course time was 4 hours 12 minutes, so I will dine out on that amazing achievement for some time.
Of course the fundraising was a major part of my reasons for running, and as a non runner I think I managed to get a lot of people behind me, as it looks like with gift aid I have already made about £1000 online, plus the £210 from the slideshow, so I have truly smashed Bear Grylls £290 online for his very expensive Antarctic Expedition.
Thanks must go to all the people would donated plus the team of people that supported me around the course. In particular Rich Beech, who cycled along giving fluids and gels, plus the host of friendly faces that made the effort to cheer me on. There was nearly 20 people in the village who spurred me on to make a fast finish, and they are as responsible for my time as I am.
A very good friend sent me an email the day before, telling me of the emotional journey he had, as well as a quote that i will share with you. I have to say that having so many people cheer me in the village, my home nearly brought me to tears on the final loop. My main concern was not to be blubbing as I crossed the finish line. Anyway the quote was from Mohammed Ali.
“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses… behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights”