Well, I promised I'd let you know how I got on with this so here's a few piccies for you (like this one of my best friend Mandy and I, right) just to prove I actually went through with it! My reason for saying this is that I simply do not do things like this, something to do with coming last out of hundreds of girls in cross country when I was about 12, maybe?
Well, the weather was amazing. I'm so glad it was such a beautiful day as it seems to lift the spirits. It was an extremely emotional day, too. Each participant had a sign on their back to say who they were running for.
I was running for Marcelle who lost her battle against cancer last year. Her three incredibly brave children were there, of course. Sam, Marcelle's son (14) was there as part of the support squad as it was a 'women only' race.
Charlotte (16) carried her little sister, Taylor (just 5), on her shoulders for much of the 5k showing both her inner and outer strength. Charlotte had a lovely photo of her mother on her back, which caused more than a few people to well up. I'm completely humbled and in awe of their bravery and spirit.
I've been so moved by many people around me who are currently battling against this cruel disease. It's so prevalent but there is hope when we keep on fighting and keep on making advances. This is why it's so important to keep on raising desperately needed funds.
It's not too late if you want to donate. I haven't yet reached my target of £250 so any donations gratefully received. Thank you again to those who have already given, it's massively appreciated.
My thoughts are with all of you who have gone through, or are are now facing, your own experience of this sad disease. Together we can make a difference so keep on fighting.
Love Catherine x