Elaine did it!
Last month, Book Aid International supporter Elaine Rhodes took part in her very first half marathon and all in aid of our work! We were delighted to hear that she successfully completed the race. Here she shares her experience:
After a groggy 5am start, I arrived in Hampton Court just before 8am, dropped my bag off and stretched with 5000 other runners, all of whom were supporting a variety of other causes. Seeing so many people in one place, excited and motivated to support their chosen charity is one of my favourite things about race day. The atmosphere is so positive and there is a real sense of comradery.
It was quite chilly to begin with, but after a warm-up, I was ready to join the other runners and take my place behind the start line. By that point, the nerves had gone and I was ready to get going.
The race itself feels like a blur now! It was challenging, but I felt buoyed along by the lycra-clad sea of runners. Pairing this with a good dose of adrenaline and Beyoncé’s ‘Run the World’, I was able to maintain momentum.
The encouragement from hundreds of supporters along the route also provided an incredible boost (my mum was stationed around mile three – thanks mum)! There were people to cheer you on at almost every corner, greeting runners with smiles, applause and cheering. It really made such a difference. Around mile 11, it was a particular ‘celebrity’ supporter that really gave all the runners a much-needed boost: Experiencing a dip in energy levels, I found running past the beautiful Hampton Court Palace where Henry VIII and one of his wives were cheering us all on, a slightly surreal, but energising moment.
Throughout, what really kept me motivated, was the thought of the money I was raising for Book Aid International. It was – and is – a truly incredible feeling to know that thanks to the generosity of the friends and family that sponsored me, I am able to donate over £250 to Book Aid International. If anyone would still like to sponsor me, there is still time to donate through my JustGiving page.
So thank you to all my family, friends and colleagues who supported the amazing work of Book Aid International by sponsoring me. Thanks to their generosity, the charity will be able to send over 125 brand new books to support library users in places where books are scarce – books to empower individuals and communities and provide people with the tools to shape their futures.
Many thanks to Elaine and her friends, family and colleagues for supporting our work.
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