Bit of a cheeky one today: next weekend my best friend Gina and I are doing the Spooky Sprint for Parkinson's UK, which is 10k for me and 5k for her (she's a new runner and it's her first race) in the dark on Halloween. We're doing it because we've jumped at the excuse to dress up and mess about since we were at uni together 10 years ago, and this seems as good an excuse as any to purchase hideously shiny Lycra leggings with bones on, and glow in the dark face paint (if it stays on the faces of sweaty ravers it can handle sweaty runners too, right?!).
However, we're also doing it because last year Gina and her fiancée watched his dad die from problems related to his Parkinson's Disease. We're doing it because instead of him playing with his band at their wedding this summer, he was there as a lump in 80 throats and an aching absence, and because that's only one grief in the context of many - there are loads and loads and loads of families who lose people they love to this disease and research remains underfunded and way too low-profile. So if anyone felt able to donate, it really would be appreciated and our just giving link is as follows: justgiving.com/ginaandamyru...
Also, if anyone has experience of running in full face paint whilst also possibly crying and not looking a total mess afterwards, pass on your tips! Also if anybody's managed to retain a Frida Kahlo inspired headdress for 6 miles whilst maintaining 8 to 9 minute miles, give me your wisdom!