Last month I ran the Prague Marathon. A group of 4 of us decided to give it a go, and we appropriately named ourselves ‘Worst Pace Scenario’. We were all first-time marathoners so we thought we would try and raise some money for charity too. Each of us picked a charity which we cared about; I chose the Nottingham Hospitals Charity Cancer Appeal, to raise money in memory of my mum who passed away 3 years ago. The other charities we chose were the British Heart Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society and Look Good Feel Better.
I would definitely say that the training was worse than the actual marathon. We had a harsh winter with the "Beast from the East" and running in -5-degree temperatures, across black ice and through snow and hail, with dodgy hips and knees and seeing one too many 5am wake-ups is just not fun! But we all plodded on, knowing that it would be worth it in the ‘long run’!
Panic started to set in as the big day approached, as temperatures were rising well above the seasonal average in Prague. On the day itself temperatures shot up to 24 degrees, which, after training in sub-zero temperatures I can assure you is hot! Luckily the race was really well organised with plenty of water stops, cold wet sponges and even shower stations to run through.
Lots of our family and friends travelled to support us, who we had decked out in T-shirts with our team name printed on. This made it easy to spot them in the crowds and really kept us going! All 4 of us made it across the finish line, which was an amazing feeling as throughout the training I could not picture myself finishing! But what made it more special was that we hit our target of raising £2,000 mid-race, and the total has increased to £2,597 since!
Since then I have also ran the Derby Half Marathon. I thought it would be rude not to as I work in Derby, however I regretted that as on the day it was 23 degrees and very humid! But I got through it and finished. I’d recommend the Derby Half Marathon as a race; it was well organised and a nice route.
I’m not sure what the next challenge is yet, but I intend to keep running!
Rebecca Beardsley BSc (Hons), Planner at Planning & Design Practice
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