|Leanne and some of her team|
Sunday 6 October was the final half marathon of our challenge, the Cumbrian Run.
Waking up on that morning, I felt really nervous, as it seemed to have finally dawned on me the scale of what we had done over the last 10 months and that it was finally coming to an end.
Being the most local of our runs, it only took 20 minutes to reach where we needed to be, rather than a 2 hour journey. Seeing lots of people we knew at the start only made me more nervous and there were some family and friends that had come to support us at the start too, which was brilliant.
It was, however, one of the most hilly of all of our runs and one of the most demanding courses, but nonetheless, we all made it round safely. As I entered Bitts Park to run the final half mile, I realised that it was pretty much all over, the organising, the training, the aching muscles and the blisters. This made me think of the main reason we had done this, for mum and for the hospice and it made me feel incredibly proud of each and every one of the others to had done this with me. The track at the Sheepmount was lined with our friends and families that had come to cheer us on over the final finish line, which only made me more emotional but WE HAD DONE IT!
We may not have been athletes by any sense of the word when we set out to do this challenge, but by the finish, it just goes to show what you can do with an idea, a motive and a lot of determination.
Last week, after our challenge was over, I decided that we would have one final cake week. Thank you to everyone who baked and ate the cakes, there was £165.34 made to add to the fund total, which is great.
We are now in the process of collecting all of our sponsorship and the total at the moment is just under £6,500. This is far more than our original target of a few thousand pounds and I’m blown away by the support we’ve had all year.
As a result of our challenge, our group have also been nominated for a Cornerstone in the Community award, which is set up by Newcastle Building Society. So far, we have been shortlisted into the final 3 of our category for the Bobby Robson Foundation Team Award and instead of wearing our trainers and running gear, we will have to hunt out our glad rags to attend the award ceremony on 7 November, so watch this space.
A big thank you to all of the other runners, our friends and family, David Allens, Eden Valley Hospice and everyone who has put their hand in their pocket and sponsored us.
This has been an unforgettable experience and by far a one off challenge of this scale, but who knows what next year will bring…