Today marks ten years since Nikki and I boarded the plane at Heathrow and flew to post-Olympic Beijing to start our Trans-Siberian odyssey.
Life goes in circles, doesn’t it? Ten years ago, I was just about to embark on a major fundraising challenge for an end-of-life hospice, after being inspired to give something back by the amazing quality of care given to my friends at the end of their lives – and this weekend, a friend inspired me to join another fundraising mission to support Wessex Cancer Trust’s plans to build a wellbeing centre here on the Island.
I am aware I didn’t record the result of my Paris Half Marathon here – the UK was hit by the Beast From The East that weekend and I fought my way through snowstorms to arrive in Paris and run a rain-sodden race, with Hugh and Matthew (now seven!) cheering me on.
I finished in 2 hours 23 minutes and I raised approxmately 300GBP for Get Kids Going!
So for this weekend’s challenge – I am running the Winchester Half Marathon in aid of the Wessex Cancer Trust.
A storm is predicted for the weekend, so once again I will probably get soaked during the race, but if the organisers have said they are going ahead – then so shall I!
My biggest problem will probably be getting off the Island, as high winds wreak havoc with our ferries, but fingers crossed I will get there and back again!
If you haven’t yet sponsored me, you can do so online.