I have done RFL every year bar one since it started being held in our local town and although I have never managed to do as well as id like to, I have always finished the race in a respectable time and up till now I have raised £1,659.70 (Which im a bit taken a back by to be honest!!)
Last time I had this determination I was running the 5K Race for Life, 7 months after giving birth, for a very special little girl Evie. Evie was born on the 4th of October 2008 weighing 6lb. A beautiful little girl who captured the hearts of not only her parents, Carly and Mark, but everyone who saw her. A month later Evie was diagnosed with Sadly on the 24th November Evie lost her battle for life, with her parents at her side, she was 7 weeks old. As a mum to a baby of a similar age it really tugged at my heartstrings and I wanted to do something in her memory and as I had done RFL previously i felt it was the ideal opportunity. On that occasion alone i raised £784.50! When something is close to your heart it really motivates you to do something.
This time its the same, although a lot closer to home. This year I have a sense of determination I have never felt before. I feel I owe it to Rich to get myself fit and healthy and I NEED to raise awareness and as much money as I possibly can. In an ideal world I would love to match the total I have raised so far. In a real world I know money is tight for a lot of people and im not even sure I know enough people to enable me to raise that much but I will give it everything I have and try my best.
If anyone reading this has any ideas or suggestions then please post them and as soon as I am able to sign up for the race then I shall post a link to my just giving page.
So tomorrow when I am back on that treadmill and it is REALLY burning I will be saying to myself "It's only pain" after all Rich has cancer!!