Well, only 9 months and 4 days since Run 1 Week 1, and I finally did my first Half Marathon. I was running for BLESMA (The Limbless Veterans) Charity, Hold that thought
The day started well, the event was well organised and smoothly run. There was a good warm up with some very fit lady doing aerobics on the stage and everybody was encouraged to join in. I joined my starting time slot (2:30 - 2:45) and waited to set off. The route was a flat run around the streets and suburbs of Peterborough, and along with 5000 others we plodded along.
Something happened at 9 miles that I will never forget, one of the moments I will remember for the rest of my life with pride and a heavy dose of emotion. I was quite happily running along Hi-Fiving the kids and waving to the crowds cheering us on and I heard a rather loud voice shouting "Look BLESMA, Look (name mentioned) its BLESMA", I looked across and there was a young man (late 20's) wearing a regimental T- Shirt and a prothetic leg with a group of spectators, My heart sank as I wandered across and he held his hand out for a Hi-Five and simply said "Thank You, Thank You". He had tears rolling down his face and I could hardly control myself, I started too!!! Welling up now writing this.
Anyway managed to get round in 2:45 (garmin time) and raised £610 for BLESMA.
Only bad thing about the day was they only had size medium T Shirts, I haven't been size medium since Secondary School!!! However an email was sent earlier asking us to provide details and they will send the right size to us.
Great race and I recommend it for a first one, deffo doing next years.