Great North Run for KASBAH
The 2008 BUPA Great North Run … and I completed it!!
Hi I’m Claire Minter from Folkestone in Kent, currently living in the North West & working for the BBC in Liverpool, and earlier this year I set myself a challenge!
I decided I needed something to do to keep myself focussed & most of all busy! They say that everyone taking part in the Great North Run has a story … and I’m no different. The year before my life changed dramatically and I was left feeling empty & very lost … especially with the death of a very close friend who was the same age as me. I looked at myself in the January of 2008 & decided I needed to pull my socks up & that life was too short! So I looked into the idea of a run … and in the February I was lucky enough to be chosen for the Great North Run through the Daily Telegraph ballot … that was it, no turning back!!
Never having undertaken ANYTHING like this before (the thought of running to the bus made me shudder!) I got myself on a diet & started the arduous task of training…
And of course I had to run for a charity … so who should I chose & who would be my motivation … that’s an easy answer … MY MUM!
My dear mum is a star! She’s always there for me even though I live so far away & I wish I could do more for her; my mum has hydrocephalus & I must admit I would never have known what that was had she not been diagnosed with it. I know she’s learnt to live with it these days, I think we all have, and I’ll always be apologetic to her for finishing off her sentences sometimes – don’t you hate it when people do that?! So it was easy to chose … run for ASBAH & KASBAH; the latter have been such a help to my mum this year, even visiting her at home which I know has been a big help to her & so that’s why it meant such a lot to me too to do this run for them …
And so here I am at the end of October & I can’t believe I have completed my challenge! I finished in 3 hours, 11 minutes & 9 seconds & I’ve never felt so tired & emotional before!! I cried as I crossed the finish line as it had been such a hard slog towards the end, and of course all the hard work & determination just to get there. And of course the thought of all those people (some of which don’t even KNOW me!) who had sponsored me along the process & helped to raise over £1,000 for the charities.
And it’s those people I want to thank today, who I will never meet but who decided that they’d sponsor me to achieve a personal goal & to raise some money for a worthwhile charity!
So on behalf of my mum & me THANK YOU! And would I do it again? Well as the pain seared through my legs for 2 days after the event I vowed NO … but now I’m re-thinking that decision … it was such a buzz on the day & I feel I’ve really done some good, both for charity and for me! See you next year maybe!!
Sponsored Bungee Jump!
On 25 August Mary Hamilton made a sponsored bungee jump to raise funds for KASBAH. Thanks and congratulations to her on taking the plunge and raising over £800.
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