Day 298 – The Great South Run

Today I  took part in the Great South Run. This is a 10 mile road race and I am doing it to raise awareness of my son’s medical condition. It has been a struggle to get here… 2.5 years go I was 5 stone heavier … I lost weight and than was challenged to run my first 10k, I did that and then decided I’d like to do a bigger event and signed up to do the Great South Run.

I was never a runner. Prior to January 2014 I had never run anywhere. But today I did. Two weeks ago my running number arrived… and in case I could not share photos of it today I created a flat lay to mark the occasion.

Ready to Run - ISO4000, F8 1/80 sec ISO4000
Ready to Run – ISO4000, F8 1/80 sec ISO4000

I made it … OK I did not run with my DSLR but had my iphone and was able to capture some race highlights….

The Lead car - the only chance I would have to see it
The Lead car – the only chance I would have to see it
The start gate
The start gate
Warming up with the crowds
Warming up with the crowds

OK – a post full of selfies… today was a big day – the furthest we have ever run. I was recovering from injury and my amazing husband kept me inspired for the first 5 miles…. I never imagined I could really do this, to be part of something this big – there were I think 20,000 runners … and I was not last 🙂

How many people?
How many people?
A different view
A different view

If it was not for photography I would not have thought to capture this shot. I am so pleased I did … I would have missed the details, who would have thought to decorate your legs!

The warm up
The warm up

They were are ready to race – a race that starts on time and I try a panaroma on the iphone … I am not really steady enough, but it gives an idea of what an amazing event this is.

A really bad iphone panaroma
A really bad iphone panorama

My husband is a member of HM Coastguard, and I am the Coastguard Association’s national secretary – and they came along to the start of the race to wish us luck , a really appreciated send off 🙂

HM Coastguard showed their support.
HM Coastguard showed their support.

At the nine mile mark I remembered I was suppose to be taking photos today – this is a sneak of the view behind me on the seafront at Southsea… glorious sunshine for October and who would believe I had ended up running the last seven miles in just my bra as it was so hot … 2.5 years ago that would never of happened.

The nine mile mark - who knew I would run in my bra :)
The nine mile mark – who knew I would run in my bra 🙂

And the view ahead … 9 miles done …. 1 mile to go and still so many runners!

1 mile to go :)
1 mile to go 🙂

At the finish I found my hubby again. So here we are with our race medals and the Spinnaker Tower behind us – what better was to end the morning in the iconic Portsmouth.  Matt finished in 1 hour 45.59 mins, and I finished in 1hr 55.34 secs – my goal was under 2 hours and I did it …. plus photographs and a loo stop on the way round……

Reunited - 10 miles done!
Reunited – 10 miles done!

I am still collecting sponsors – if you would like to help please donate, all money raised is to help create awareness of my son’s rare medical condition and will go to the UK charity – KLS Support!

4 thoughts on “Day 298 – The Great South Run

    1. You can manage your trek it will be a fantastic adventure … all you need to remember is keep putting one foot in front of the other and enjoy the view along the way!


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