Cambridge Half-Marathon 2014

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This half- marathon came so quick I am struggling to believe that it’s all over.

What a glorious day it was, over 4500 participated to this event and it was a brilliant atmosphere throughout the race.

I started slower that anticipated and finished the race in 2:03…slightly less that the last one but not under two like I had hoped.  Maybe I should have been more optimistic with my anticipated time when I enrolled as I was in the third pen down to the start and spent the first k trying to get in my usual pace.

It was unusually hot on Sunday which took everyone by surprise and most runners finished (or even started) with a very red face, as per the before and after picture…

I have also almost reached my target for Future Hope which is fantastic – if you want to donate my raising page will be open till the end of the month, thank you for everyone who has sponsored me so far X

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Running and raising money for Future Hope

This year I am picking up my trainers again and have enrolled myself in the Cambridge Half Marathon. I took part in this race a couple of years ago and I thought that it would be a perfect excuse to get running this winter.

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My chosen charity for this event is Future Hope, I wanted to select a charity that supports my local community and having two teenagers in the house Future Hope made perfect sense.

Future Hope is a free, confidential service working holistically with young people aged 11-19 (and sometimes older) across Hertford and Ware.

They work with vulnerable/at risk groups as well as schools and individuals on issues such as addictive behaviour, depression and other mental health issues.  I came across them personally when I attended a workshop on depression in teenagers at the school my children attend.  I was touched and impressed by the dedication of the team and realised that there were so little places for teens to turn to when faced with problems.

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Our children are having to deal with the biggest challenges in our current landscape – pressure at school, bullying online and off, pressure to look in a certain way, loneliness,self-harming, body dysmorphia, you name it.  The stats are revealing that our teens are increasingly feeling anxious and depressed .

The reality is that they have little escape from it all, this is the generation  that fuels their anxieties via intravenous doses of Instagram and twitter feeds – they will learn to cope and adapt in this environment  but I think that charities such as Future Hope and Young Minds have their work cut out and deserve all the awareness ,exposure and funding they can get.

If you wish to help me raise money you can donate directly on my fundraising page. 

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Cambridge Half-Marathon – operation completed

 

Well that’s it, we have done it!  Completed in 1:53mn for him and 2:04 for moi.  It was a great event that Cambridge hosted brilliantly.  The atmosphere was really great, the course was compact so people were cheering pretty much all the way which made a great difference to the morale.

The day was unusually mild and I felt hot within 2 miles.  I should have brought my own drink, I should have worn shorts and not legging,  I should have worn a belt with a few energy tablets.  I have come to the conclusion that I cannot forecast and prepare adequately for a race.   I never know whether I will get too hot or too cold – whether I will need a lot of drinking during the run which is why I like to have a cyclist besides me when training …not such an option on a race.  I had to wait 3 miles before I could catch sight of my crowd and ditch my crazily hot windstopper.

The event was organised by One Step Beyond  and was pretty faultless.  The course was very safely mapped out with plenty of friendly marshalls throughout.  The last 2 and half miles were a “killer” mentally – we were made to run near the finishing line and away from it in an endless mind numbing straight line, facing runners completing their last mile.  One runner next to me even asked me in which direction the finishing line was as she could not believe we would have to go back on our steps…I thought she was going to cry and to be fair I wasn’t far off either.  I had aimed to run it in 2h00 with a hope to come just under, so I was a bit disappointed when I heard a runner behind me saying that 2 hours would have been good to her friend, I knew I had gone over in my last mile but gave it all I had left and ran through the finishing line timed at 2:04

My legs felt weak throughout the course which may be an indication of not enough training.  This got me thinking whether I would run for a marathon again this year, the commitment with training is so hard that I am not sure I would find the time or energy for it.  I still feel very pleased with our achievement and the money we have raised for the CMA so far.  I am planning to leave my fundraising page open for a while so if you want to sponsor us, there is still time. Thank you to everyone who supported and sponsored us so far, it really means a lot!

 

 

 

 

Training for Cambridge Half Marathon and raising money for CMA

I am looking forward to my first race of the year – I love Cambridge and the thought of running around it in March is enough to get me out in the bitter weather conditions.  My aim is to run it under 2 hours and raise money for The Cardiomyopathy Association (CMA).

The CMA  is a UK charity providing information and support to families affected by the heart muscle condition cardiomyopathy.  I want to help my running partner who tragically  lost her husband to the condition a few years ago.

Years have passed, the children are growing and with her limited spare time she is training for her first marathon, her aim is to raise a total of £1000 this year for the CMA.  I am sure she will do it.

 

It would give this race a whole new meaning if we manage to raise money for the CMA.  If you are able to sponsor you can do so through my fundraising page here or by visiting Gaelle‘s.

Running stats for 2011:

929.01 kms were covered – used two pairs of Nike

Lost 3 toe nails

Burned a total of 56 630 calories in the process that’s the equivalent of 103 burgers…

Have a love and hate relationship with my Nike+iPod

Only start to get in a zone 45 minutes into a run

I have placed my marathon medal in a noticeable area of the kitchen