Today was the annual Race for Life event in Milton Keynes. It is part of a national set of events held in late spring across the UK where women of all ages put on as much pink clothing as they can find and get round a 5km course however they want to. Many run, a lot walk, some push buggies and others carry their children but they all do it for the same reason. To raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Most participants wear a pink sign on their backs with names of those they want to dedicate their run to.
I’ve run in this event nearly every year for at least the last 10 years, initially in memory of my grandfather and it has now become a bit of a yearly ritual where I am joined at a race by many friends and family who all have their own reasons for taking part.
This year was a bit different as it was a day of two halves. I ran the 5km in the morning, and was very pleased with my time (about a minute off my PB) and I came second :-). There was fantastic support on the way round, mainly because my running club, DLRR supplied most of the marshals! Then, in the afternoon I took my turn and marshalled on the 10km race they also held. It was great to be able to give something back as I’ve been running for years and I hate to think of the number of marshals I’ve passed in that time out in all weathers supporting runners they (for the most part) probably don’t know. So, this year I decided to help out a bit more if I could. MK marathon and now Race for Life – hopefully I’ll get a few more in before the year is out.
Watching the runners pass by today was great and made me proud to be part of something special – roll on next year! And if you do fancy helping out at your local Race for Life, just check out their website – there’s always a job for someone! But, the best bit? Getting a radio and headset for the afternoon – “Buzz Lightyear to Star Command! Come in Star Command!”