I used to do a lot of running. I ran the London marathon in 2004 and have done a lot of half marathons and other running events. Kelvin (strategic director here at SiteVis) and I used to run to work together when our offices were in Shoreham. Then we both had children and funnily enough running went out the window for both of us. Being woken up several times a night, every night, for over 2 years kind of killed my enthusiasm for getting up at 6am for a training session. But then I decided enough was enough and it was time to get back into it. So I re-joined British Military Fitness and at least twice a week you’ll find me on Hove lawns at 6:45am being shouted at by a couple of soldiers.
A couple of months ago I sent an email round the office asking if anyone wanted to take part in the 10k Major series, an off road 10-12k race with obstacles and mud and water. Assuming (hoping) I’d have lots of takers I booked myself a place on it. I got one reply….and it was a ‘no way’. So I was on my own.
The NSPCC is a charity I have always supported, but as I’m sure anyone who has children will agree, after becoming a mum, it takes on a whole new level of importance. I decided to run the 10k for the NSPCC to help us here at SiteVisibility reach our target of £1600.
In the end, I didn’t have to run alone. John McElborough, ex SiteVisibility manager entered too. We’d entered an adventure race before a few years ago (http://www.sitevisibility.co.uk/blog/2008/10/30/site-visibility-try-adventure-racing/) and had always said that we’d do it again. So we did.
There were about 2000 runners taking part on the day. We started in waves of 100 to try and keep the route from getting too crowded although this didn’t really work. Before the race started there was a group warm up which started with everyone lying down flat on the grass and then standing up again. It had been raining all night so not only was the grass soaking wet, it was also covered in stinging nettles so we started off the race with stinging backs and legs, extremely wet and cold. Nice. Every km or so there were obstacles which varied from wading through muddy rivers, crawling through mud under barbed wire, climbing over hay stacks, oh, and more crawling through mud. I don’t think I’ve ever been so muddy. The race ended with a very steep hill at the top of which were soldiers with huge water pistols shot you with some kind of orange gunk. Then (the best bit as far as I was concerned) there was a massive slippy slide down the other side of the very steep hill.
Possibly the most pointless race I’ve ever run but it was fun and it was great to be part of an event again and, most importantly, it was my way of helping SiteVisibility get closer to reaching our target for the NSPCC. Now we’ve reached 84% of our target £1600. And it’s never too late to donate!!! http://www.justgiving.com/sitevisibilityjustgiving