Dear friends, colleagues and family
As many of you know already from following the updates on MRI’s Facebook and twitter, on Saturday I completed the London to Brighton 100Km challenge in 16 hours and 54 minutes. I was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done but, oddly and unexpectedly, I loved every single minute of it. Some sections felt like an obstacle course – I must have jumped over 30 stiles, at least! – with all sorts of terrain, pretty much everything apart from sand. Climbing the infamous Downs after completing two back to back marathons was just mental but I got through it and was rewarded by a gorgeous view of Brighton and a continuous downhill after the summit.
The boffins amongst you may be interested in my race stats which can be viewed on the London 2 Brighton site. I came 42 out of 159 female runners and 216 overall. 2,200 participants signed up for the challenge but only around 1,500 finished. This was a mixture of runners and walkers.
I dedicated this challenge to the many LGBTI people that every year MRI helps: those who are homeless because they are rejected from their families; those who are destitute because they are not given the chance to gain employment and those who face death or imprisonment just because of who they are and whom they love.
There are so many causes that are worth supporting. The fact that so many of you decided to donate to support me and MRI’s cause makes me feel happy. It also makes me feel privileged that I can count you as one of my and MRI’s supporters.
When I started, I set myself a target of £1,500, which we reached within a week. I then raised it to £2,000 and this has been now met. I do not know how to begin to say thank you.
If you would like to see some pictures of me during and after the race, please check MRI’s Facebook and twitter. There is a picture below of me at the finish. I have pictures of my feet after the race too if you would like to see them but they are not for the faint hearted. I got some prize blisters that burst at around 80 km and had to be dressed by the medics. That was the only mishap of the day so, all in all, I got off very lightly.
If you have a moment, remember to check out MRI’s website to follow how their work develops in the future also thanks to your generosity.
Thank you again everyone. I am already thinking about my next big challenge but first I need to my feet to heal!
With many thanks, and best wishes
PS. If you were thinking of sponsoring me but you have not had time yet, don’t worry, there is still time, just follow the link.