Our First Fundraiser for Connect
Last Sunday was a great day. In London, the sun was shining and over 12,000 people, including our finance director Paul and I, took part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon. After months of training (well the occasional jog round our respective local parks) and for Paul, compulsory attendance on a stag weekend just two weeks before the big day, we set off to earn the £1000+ that had been pledged by colleagues, family and friends in support of Connect, VMA Group’s charity of the year. And what a great charity it is. I really didn’t know what aphasia was before we ‘connected’ with Connect; although I have seen the impact that a stroke can have on people, with a number of my family having suffered from strokes in the past, if only Connect had existed then to support them!
So back to the half. Paul and I were probably a little too keen out of the blocks, averaging 7 minute miles for the first few, but then age and alcohol (and a never to be repeated assumption on my part that it would be a really easy run!) took its toll and we started to find it quite tough going.
To Paul’s credit he pushed on and maintained a good enough pace to achieve an impressive time of 1.50… With me following up with a time of 1.56, but we both found the last two or three miles pretty tough and as for a sprint finish, no chance. I was delighted just to get over the line!
We had a fantastic day; it was a great experience (when else will we ever get the chance to run down The Mall, across Westminster Bridge and past Buckingham Palace) and I hope to be able to take part in many more fundraisers for connect in the coming months and years.
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