We arrived at the NSC in plenty of time for my 8:45 scheduled start, for my leg of Relay for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK. I got itchy feet by 8:30 and started anyway. Jip decided to walk with me.
We set of at a brisk pace. My target was 25 laps or 10Km. This I succeeded in doing but with a sore groin – ouch! Jip kept with me for 22 laps or 8.8 Km. Well done Jip! I thought I had done well until Steph (our race walker) told me she had completed 10. I asked 10km? No 10 miles, she announced! Crikey! Well done Steph!
A few of my colleagues camped on site as they were walking through the night. They didn’t sleep much as the music continued all night but mainly because the temperature dropped to near freezing. Poor girls. I had a good nights sleep at home in my warm bed and was raring to go Sunday morning.
We all stayed for the closing ceremony and walked as a team for the final lap with Bob. Lots of dancing and clapping. Our team raised over £1,500 with still more to come! £53,000 was raised in total by all the teams also with more to come.
I would like to make a special thank you to all the people who were kind enough to sponsor me and help raise the money that we did for such a great cause. My heartfelt thanks to Anna, La & John, Loot, Laor and not forgetting my lovely wife Jip.
Short video of Relay for Life Isle of Man 2014.
We are all keen to do it again next year only bigger and better. Here’s to 2015 and beating Cancer together.