I can hardly believe that my friends and family helped me to raise over £1,000 when I ran the Beachy Head Marathon in memory of Jeremy Cole on Saturday 27th October 2012.
My regular training of around 50 miles each week left me in good shape for one of the UK’s most challenging off-road races, but a rare injury meant that I wasn’t sure that I would be able to run.
Only the support of those who had sponsored me helped me to the start line.
The race was brutally hilly (over 4,600 feet ascent, over 4,600 feet descent) and brutally cold (below freezing with wind chill).
The dazzlingly bright day and the amazing views inland and out to sea were only so much compensation!
The final few miles saw even those runners with “100 Marathon Club” T-shirts reduced to walking pace, but I made it round the course in 4 hours and I could walk without a limp within a few days.
A big “thank you” to all my supporters!