Thank you to everyone for their support on Sunday with the Eastbourne Half Marathon.
It was a very difficult day. I woke not feeling well and from 6am in the morning spent most of my time in the bathroom! Not wanting to let anyone down I managed to pull myself together and headed to Eastbourne. I met up with my colleague Chris and his partner Laura who gave us a lift to the start. The weather was terrible but as we approached the start time it cleared up.
My knee has been causing me quite a few problems and apparently I have an IT band problem. I knew my knee was not going to cope with running the entire half marathon, but wanted to do my best so tried to run and walk sections. The steep downhill into Hollywell proved too much for my knee and I struggled from that point onwards. By the time I got to the Fishermans Green which was about the 7 mile mark I suddenly felt really faint and had to sit down for a few minutes. I was burning off too much energy and my knee was shouting at me too. I must say a huge thank you to the lady who very kindly gave me her energy drink and tablets to pick me up, and within a few minutes I was back on my feet and able to push on again.
There was no way I would run with my knee so have to do my best to walk the rest of the route. I did not want to let anyone down so had to ignore the pain and just keep going. Chris was amazing support and really helped me keep going and was a real gentlemen letting me cross the finishing line before him.
Over £1670 has been raised via just giving for East Sussex WRAS which is an amazing amount to help support our charity and means a lot to me, so thank you all for your support. I would also like to thank all the volunteers at the road crossings and water stops as well as the organisers of the Half Marathon for a brilliant event and for everyone’s words of encouragement.
This photo of my crossing the finishing line is courtesy of Jonathon Dunville.