Another of our valued marathon team runners, Catherine Mooney has been in touch to give us this account of her day.
“A huge thank you for giving me the opportunity to fulfil one of my ambitions – what an experience! I think my body has just about fully recovered now from the blisters, stiff and aching muscles and overall exhaustion (it took me 3 days to before I could manage stairs!)
It still seems a bit surreal and sometimes, I can’t believe I actually did it! After all the months of preparation, training hard and injury worries, my main concern was to get round the course in one piece and not to let anyone down. I knew I could run 18 miles without stopping and just hoped I could manage the other 8 miles without too many problems.
There was no need to worry though, as soon as I got to the park at Greenwich, I immediately felt relaxed and focused to start my challenge and it was exciting to see just how many thousands of people were in exactly the same situation. Everybody was so friendly and chatty as we all waited to get near to the start and I could feel the positive energy spreading through the crowd. What with the surprising but welcome sunshine and the continuous lines of families, well wishers (and priests!) the first five miles went relatively quickly. The atmosphere just got bigger and better, – I was high fiving children lining the roads, waving to the crowds and smiling at the bands and choice of music being blared out along the way. Every time I felt I was getting tired, the music would lift me or groups of strangers calling out my name would suddenly spur me on.
I had a bit of an emotional few miles when I hit 20 miles, my feet hurt and my blisters had burst, so it was difficult to run but I was so overwhelmed by the support of the crowds who encouraged me to keep going, I was determined to carry on.
My best memories of the day had to be spotting my niece in the crowds, holding her handmade banner as I ran around the magnificent Cutty Sark, crossing Tower Bridge and finding the hidden energy coming up to Buckingham Palace, so I could break into a sprint to the finish line on the Mall!!
So thank you again for letting me be a part of this amazing experience. It not only gave me a chance to prove to myself that I could complete a physical challenge like this but also give something back to a charity who helped support my sister through two ectopic pregnancies and who continues to be a true inspiration to me.”
Our congratulations to Catherine and to our other Gold Bond team members for their amazing achievement. They are all winners in our eyes!
If you would like to read about what motivated them or to sponsor them just click on those links. Your sponsorship will be put to very good use, delivering the EPT services.
If reading Caterines’s account has inspired you to do something, click on the events button to the right of the screen and see if there’s something you fancy doing and raising funds for us. You can also read more about what others have done to support us in our fundraisers diary.