Firstly, a massive thank you to everyone. I have been overwhelmed by the support and humbled by people giving what they can, especially Mission customers. I am someone who runs alone, but it did not feel like that during the Marathon. And I’m not talking about the other 24 thousand people running the Marathon. I mean the support from Huddersfield Mission customers, staff and volunteers. The support of my friends and my family. 

This was especially important when I hit mile 24. I had been walking for about half a mile after a sore knee, which began on mile 12, really started hurting. I could not stretch it out, as when I did my whole leg cramped up. My goal was to finish (in a perfect race, with my plan A) in 3:30, as the miles ticked by I went to plan B, (3:45) and was at a point thinking I wouldn’t make it under 4 hours (Plan C). 

I was really struggling, but then I saw my family and friends supporting me. Seeing my family gave me strength and I managed to run a few hundred meters, then walk a few hundred meters, run a few, walk a few. I was running when I crossed that line, and I am super happy with the result. 

In the toughest moments, we all need support. None of us should run alone. 

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