July 8th 2016

THE POST RUN BLOG..

This blog is divided up into 2 sections…

What is happening at the moment post run.

The results from the fundraise and 2015 run in terms of where the money has gone and what it has been used for.

Plans for 2016/7 HNT year…will be blogged later tonight!!!

So…having completed the 26 marathons I was in having an assessment 2 days later…full check to ensure I was ok. Nothing to worry about…only 5 lbs lost and some body fat, otherwise all ready to go again in the studio with Simon from SPfit. His regime had certainly worked…LOTS of strength training rather than huge mileage in preparation for the run; LOADS of stretching pre and post run days, and PLENTY of encouragement! Thank you Simon…I would never have survived the 26 days without your help!

The plan now is to taper off gently but to remain flexible, strong and motivated over the summer…then another assessment early in September when the new challenges will be looked at and the training regime set in place.

I ran a 10K last Thursday…3 days post run…oh my word! If I had not been watching the tennis on the screen in front of me, I would have given up…it goes to show that if you set your mind to run, even if really tired and on day 26 of 26 marathons, you will do it; but if there is no need to carry on…motivation slips and you can give up so easily!!

Another 3 days off to get over a chesty cold, and then back to SPfit studio and personal training today with Simon. REALLY need some one to one sessions to get back into the studio and regain strength…so again, thank you Simon for making me laugh when it hurts and giving the right input just at the right times so that my drive does not slip.

As for my diet…well, that never changed during the run except that I ate like a horse! Need to cut down on the cake now tho otherwise I will never do the challenges set for 2017!!

Knees and neck…well; nothing too serious; just inevitable repercussions from previous injuries and neck break last year. All settled down now…the key is to strengthen areas as much as possible over the following few months. The run certainly has not had a negative impact on anything thankfully!

LAST YEAR 7 marathons in 7 days…and the start of HNT. I was going to fundraise for just 1 year for the preschool groups, but the response was enormous from parents all over the UK and beyond. They felt it was something that should be built upon in future years and the figures said it all too…

Within the initial 3 months, I had seen a local county councillor about HNT just asking for his support. I asked if he would visit Dorchester Opportunity  Group and see their financial difficulties and why I was fundraising.

This he did, and literally within a few hours of seeing how desperate the group was in terms of funding and supporting the children and their families,  he had been to speak to Children’s Services and had OVERTURNED £17,000 of cuts that was about to happen to that group! WOW!!! That was all because I waved a leaflet about my newly set up Trust at him!

The Fundraising…well, £10,000 is about to be given to the 4 Opportunity Groups any time now from last years run. Somerset Community Foundation took on my accounts last year and are also able to match-fund monies going to Somerset SEN groups. They will continue to be dealing with the finances, the next financial year for HNT being from September 30th. I also have Charity status through them…see their charity number on the leaflets and website!

I also had about £3,000 from the fundraising going towards expenses…initial outlay for t-shirts, banners, leaflets, and advertising. HOWEVER…these resources are all recyclable and so the expense was not needed this year!

SO…2015 brought in at least £30,000 if you include the cuts that were overturned…HUGE thank you to all involved!

Pete Edwards also became really the other 1/2 of HNT from July last year, taking on the website, designing the leaflets, helping me at events, promoting HNT and basically just being there on a daily basis. HNT would not be still going if it was not for his amazing drive and input; ensuring that my vision for a better deal for the SEN kids and their families actually happens. SO…THANK YOU!!!

INTO 2016…

The plans for the 26 back:back marathons had been set in stone back in September 2015. ALL I had to do was to “wing it” somehow!!!

The reason…so that HNT could be seen all over the SW region, spreading the word about what it was about and engaging others to help fundraise. I also wanted everyone to think more about what SEN is about…spreading awareness about how to access information and therefore ensuring people had better tools when it came to communicating with those with SEN.

I was really thrilled when others came on board and promoted HNT and also did mad things to help raise money for HNT…if you see my Just Giving Page on the website you can see some of the fundraisers, but schools, individuals, runners, MPs, children, churches, and more all helped in whatever way they could.

Businesses sponsored individual run days, had buckets in their shops, and one is even giving 10% of their profits to HNT over their financial year. Carnival committees invited me to collect during processions for HNT, the Rotary Club that I belong to…along with Mayors and Town Criers have all been so supportive, and locals in the community have donated into the HNT pots, fed me on my run days, and ensured that the word of HNT was spread.

I was donated my GPS tracker, thanks GPS Tracker Shop…which logged every movement and mileage during each day on the computer screen which was checked every few moments down in Southampton or on his various gadgets by Pete…driving the support car. It certainly worked as when I pressed the alarm accidently on day 1, Glenn from Jurassic Auction House who had also been watching the tracker immediately rang to see what was going on…Thank you to both for being so “on the ball!”

My kit was donated by Running Free, Whey porridge by Give it Some OOmf, and go pro by Jurassic Auction House.

I cannot also thank Dave from Diamond Images enough for his input…he spent hours out of his own time coming up from Poole and taking amazing photos…we will put them in a gallery for all to see in the near future. AND, like Pete and I…Dave takes no wage or even expenses from HNT so HUGE thanks!!

FROM AN AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ANGLE…this year has been amazing. Schools and businesses have asked me to visit in the near future and talk about HNT, why I started it and what the SEN children across the counties and their families need in the future.

AS FOR THE MONIES RAISED…I will only know once accounts are in at the end of September. The 4 Opp Gps will be applying for this money and then will use it for very specific resources that the SEN children can use. MORE on what it has been used for will be posted later once they know just how much money is coming their way!

I am hoping to have raised MORE than in 2015, but for that to happen ….

I NEED YOUR HELP!!!!

PLEASE carry on spreading the word, direct folk to the website and continue to donate. There are lots of ways to do this and of course there is still time to do a fundraising event however small!

Son William, just 13, has completed nearly 35 miles with me on my runs and has his own Just Giving Page…he is ONLY a few pounds away from his target so PLEASE make his day and donate via his page!! It would make him feel so good!

PLANS for 2016/17…

THESE WILL BE BLOGGED LATER TONIGHT FOR ALL To SEE, so do watch the website and twitter feeds. It will be an exciting year involving the children themselves, schools, businesses, local communities, sports men and women, and HOPEFULLY some faces that MANY of you will recognize!

REMEMBER…in the 2016/17 year if you work with SEN children and their families in Dorset and Somerset, you can apply to myself/HNT for funds from the years campaign!

Visit http://www.hiddenneedstrust.org for contact details, see what’s happening and see how you could help Hidden Needs Trust and children with Special Educational Needs

Rachel

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July 5th 2016

WELL…the last day! I cannot believe that nearly a month has gone by since I started the run…time has gone so quickly and yet some of the days have seemed so long and hard!

Today started with 6 miles and then off to Cerne Abbas …Abbotts Tearooms for breakfast and to also meet with Cerne Brewery…both sponsored me massively last year and it was great to catch up again!

Then…on to do the next 20 miles or so across the fields…in a nutshell, got lost, was chased by herd of cows, needed retrieving in the support car…and then finally arrived at Bishops Caundle. dsc_0028ed

With Dave loitering near the primary school with cameras at hand, the staff came out to see who he was…when he explained they were fully on board. I went into the school, found the whole school finishing lunch and did an ad hoc mini talk with the children and staff re HNT. Brilliant…all engaged and then a prayer from them to help me on my way! AND…another school enjoying the sudden interruption to their normal day and wanting me back before the end of term!

Leaflets again going to another set of parents…good!

On for the final few miles and glad of the support on the way as sadly there was a car slowly following with a man and camera to hand…last day and I was being followed! What a shame…but I was always at risk of some one  following for the wrong reasons.

BUT…arrived in Sherborne to the sound of pipes and lots supporting…thank you to all!

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I do so appreciate all the support…the whole campaign has been a huge success as SO many schools have been proactive and have come on board for the next year…thank you!!

More to come in the next few days with photos and plans for 2016/7

but for now…BBQ finished and bed soon needed…

Rachel

July 4th 2016

Day 25 of the run

Day sponsored by Dimond Images…who ALL of the SW knows and who has been so supportive! MOST of the images you will see on the 2016 run picture gallery [put on the website later this month] are his!!!

Support driver and photographer today was Dave accompanied by his fiancé Donna…huge thank you to both!

Pete as usual was at the end watching the computerised tracker readings, which amazingly show everything from mileage, where I am, miles per hour, and more. Again, huge thanks to you, P!

From The Wishing Well, Upwey…up around the villages and on towards Maiden Castle and then to Dorchester Opportunity Group to meet the children, staff, trustees, and Mayor!

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AND…this is what it is all about…seeing the children and getting a greater understanding of what they need in terms of preschool interventions. The Opportunity Groups are absolutely vital to the lives of these children and their families…HNT aims to support them to help the children reach their full potential.

It also gives me an idea of where the funds that the Opportunity Groups receive go, how much more funding is required, and where this extra funding would be used…in the short and long term.

The children were so enthusiastic…they had made a wonderful banner and flags, and were very keen to chat…trying on my glasses, getting me to hoola hoop with the Mayoress, and being even more interested in having their photos taken by Dave. One little boy, as soon as the camera appeared, automatically cried out…”cheese” and gave a big grin!!

The photos in the gallery, once published later in the month, will show just how lovely these children are and show that, despite their disabilities [ some of which are obvious; many of which are “hidden”] they all can achieve!  We all can play a part in ensuring that this happens by donating and learning what SEN is about so that we can support them in the future.

Onwards after lunch towards Bincombe, Broadway, Nottington, Buckland Ripers, and then back to the Wishing Well. The tracker stated 25.1 miles at the end of the run today….Dave nearly threw me out of the car coming home when he heard to complete the last 0.9 mile! AND…so Dave of Diamond Images…rather than be accused of not completing the full 26.4 miles of a marathon today…I have now done so in Sherborne!!!!!!

In Sherborne, little voices and excited girls from Leweston appeared again…thank you girls for the encouragement and natter! They had been a part of the group running down the drive when I set off on DAY 13 of the run from their school. It is lovely to see such confident children just automatically coming and starting a conversation about how HNT is going etc. Confidence is something that many children with SEN lack sadly…HNT help is not just about helping them with education but also about them feeling positive within.

SO…another 26 .4 miles conquered today…tomorrow the very last marathon. On the website it states that I am starting at 10.30 from Cerne Abbas and covering 17.5 miles. WELL…this has changed and I will be covering a further 9 miles in the morning at least prior to breakfast at The Abbotts Tearoom in Cerne!!!

This will mean a total mileage over the 26 days of nearing 700…come to the end of the run at 2pm, top Cheap St tomorrow and join in the fun, donate, and see ACTUAL breakdown of daily mileage and total for yourselves!

Rachel

July 3rd 2016

Day 24 of the run

Day sponsored by The Cricketers, Shroton

Another early start with the 2 youngest children in tow and Pete driving the support vehicle. I was so glad as I awoke to inflamed glands, a sore throat, and generally feeling full of cold. I think a mixture of a summer cold and tiredness is paying its toll now and I am so looking forwards to a day without having the pressure of a marathon and fitting it around normal home life.

So…Hambledon Hill, followed straight on to Hod Hill…which were pretty tough but the sun was out!!! As per usual, I decided to clamber up the steep unmarked path to get the best views from Hambledon, avoiding the official gates and tracks. At the top there were cows plus young calves, and so not running I made my way through carefully, florescent jacket in hand not wanting to scare them.

AND, thank goodness I did as when I reached the far side and gates a large poster displayed…BEWARE; BULL IN FIELD!

Not wanting to chance an encounter with the bull, I quickly ensured my return route would avoid the beast…but this probably would mean a bit of a detour.

As Diamond Images and partner said later…”You would have run really fast tho wouldn’t you!” …thanks you two!!

On to Child Okeford for a quick drink, then on towards Sutton Waldron and Fontmell Magna.. A lunch stop was needed so the finding of the village pub was a relief. [The FONTMELL] As the support car parked, the manager of the pub started to be interested in the logos …leaflets were given and after a long chat about his son with Downs Syndrome, he was enthusiastic to take a mound of leaflets to the 2 schools his children went to…Yewstock School and Clayesmore School.. With his help I am sure that I could help them fundraise for HNT, and maybe deliver assemblies and workshops in the autumn term. A really good day therefore today re spreading the word about HNT and finding 2 other schools with different ideas on how to educate SEN kids.

The pub itself is gorgeous…modern and olde worlde combined, the food is superb and a wonderful menu. A must to go back to for more than just soup!

On to the second 1/2 of the day…retracing my steps but this time avoiding the bull at the top of Hambledon.

A HUGE thank you to The Cricketers who not only took the leaflets but put them out on each table, displayed the poster for the day, and then have said that they will donate a meal for 4 [before 25th September] into an HNT auction…so let me know your bids by the end of August!!!

A good day despite my not being on top form…hoping to feel a little better tomorrow when I will be in Dorchester. Do see the run route for DAY 25…the penultimate day…for details and come and join me on the route.

Rachel

July 2nd 2016

Day 23 of the run

Day sponsored by Keith Foy and Spfit-Sherborne

I arrived at the studio dreading today…day 23 and I was due to run with SPFit’s running club who were all good runners and of course fresh, unlike me who is not an endurance runner and tired!

I was plastering my feet up ready and felt emotionally and mentally exhausted, almost in tears at the thought of the run, and facing one of the fastest runners of the group! Oh dear…how to look stupid rather quickly!! BUT, kind words from Simon of SPFit, and stern words from Diamond Images who had come along to take more superb photos had a positive effect! Of course I would complete today…physically I was running in autopilot even if mentally I felt a bit down. My legs would do the work even if negativity had set in…after all, that was what all the months of training was there for!

Tony, the runner with me at the start was also aware that my pace had to be THE pace…and in fact it was son William aged 13 who set the pace in the end. We covered the first 10 miles within 90 mins, with a short drinks break at The Crown Inn, Sherborne. I then set off for the next 10 miles with 3 more of the running club in tow…again making good time in about 90 mins.

This time I stopped for lunch…courtesy of The Crown Inn…delicious…before heading down to SPFit studio to meet the great Matt Miller. He founded Broga, trained my Personal Trainer to put us all through our paces on a Wednesday eve, and is an international bodybuilder! What a lovely man…photos of him and I and William will be on the photo gallery at the end of the run, plus photos of him putting the spfit clients through the gruelling Broga session this afternoon! My third few miles of 8 seemed a lot easier than staying for the Broga…this type of strength yoga is a must for anyone; it has certainly been the hardest part of my training to date!

SO…another 27.5 miles completed…and a lovely day with so much support. Dave and I talked through plans for HNT in 2016/7 over coffee and cakes!!!! before taking my younger boys to Simon’s house for a fantastic BBQ! What a way to celebrate Day 23 of my run…with the man who has been the focus of my training and his lovely wife [and whose studio is celebrating a year of opening!!!], with other SPFit clients who have supported HNT from the start and been fundraising off their own backs, and with the brilliant Diamond Images who has taken on HNT as official photographer. And of course…running again with son Will, who has now racked up nearly 40  miles of running with me!

Thank you all so much…HNT would not be the same without you all…

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3 more days and it is over…already 620 miles on the clock!!

Rachel

July 1st 2016

Day 22 of the run

Day sponsored by Glencairn House, Sherborne

I cannot believe that it is now July and that I set out on this challenge 3 whole weeks ago! So…only 4 days to go!!

I started at Gillingham Station today…and had a lovely send off! The Mayor of Gillingham was there, causing much interest from the Gillingham Primary School children who had joined us. The group of children all had SEN and in particular struggled with speech and language to some degree…just up my street as a Somerset Total Communications Coordinator!

They were such a wonderful group, laughing and joining in the fun, being really interested in myself, Pete who of course had the support car and banner, and the Mayors Chain! They gave me plenty if hugs, have been fundraising with their families and are keen for me to visit the school before the end of term.

ABSOLUTELY…this is just what I would like to do more of; taking assemblies and talking about HNT, why I started it and what it is all about; working with the children and schools so that the children learn more about SEN and therefore have a better understanding about others and ways to communicate with others; working with the children, parents, carers and teachers to find ways of fundraising all together for HNT and determining ways that HNT may be able to help them in the future.

It is vitally important that this next generation of students not only reach their maximum potentials, but also are able to help others less able than themselves to do the same.

Who knows…one day I may just be talking to a child that in the future decides to go into politics and can carry through into that career the motivation to make some positive changes for SEN children!

Back to the run…after a great cheer from the children off I went…to the car for coffee whilst the rain disappeared!

Really hard today to get motivated…everything seemed to hurt and in fact I have slightly pulled a hamstring which is now sore and tender. A bit of a blow at this late stage but I think that after 21 days my whole body is just almost going into shut down…all my joints seem especially tired and now I am looking forwards to Tuesday when I do the final marathon. BUT…onwards and upwards…I still have 4 more days to go after this and these days will be tough ones.

I was chased by big black clouds most of the way back to Sherborne, and in fact got caught several times in the rain, but did survive most of the heavy downpours. Glencairn House gave me a lovely welcome on my return…and the osteopath was even at hand later on if I had needed a tweak or two. Would have loved him to check out my hamstring and back alignment but sadly no time as my Springer needed one final check at the vet! So…a quick sip of water, and then into the car to collect Diddy and off to the surgery again.

HUGE thanks Pete for driving the car again, finding me when I got lost…somewhere between Templecombe and Henstridge!!…tracking every step on the GPS tracker, transporting me to the vets and back at the end of the day, and who is now in Southampton working on the total mileage/mph and other details for the day on the computer from the tracker readings. He does all the technical stuff…I just do the running bit!

Tomorrow…what an exciting day it will be…day 23, some of SPfit Sherborne will be running parts of the marathon with me [as will my 13 year old William!], it is SPfit Sherborne first anniversary and so the amazing Matt Miller [internationally renown Brogan founder and  expert and international bodybuilder] is coming at 2pm to take a brogan session with us all, and then some sort of fun in the SUN!!!! with SPfit to celebrate Simon’s success.

DO look out for us running in loops around Sherborne…donate at The Crown Inn where there will be refreshments all day, come and see Broga at its best at the SPfit studio, and come and make me laugh as I will need cheering up if my hamstring is still this sore! Details of tomorrows run can be seen under the run route under DAY 23!

Rachel

June 30th 2016

Day 21 of the run

Day sponsored by Pete Edwards

Today I started and finished in Bridport…my home town once upon a time.

AND today I had son George, 16, with me, Pete driving the support car, and Diamond Images alongside taking his fab photos.

Knee okish…supports on…and off we went to the sound of Bridport Town Crier and the presence of Bridports’ Mayor…thank you so much both for dsc_0006edcoming!…and for the locals who donated their spare change into the buckets.

The run started off for the first 14 miles as a really tough run, taking in Eggardon Hill and its valleys in between; what beautiful views though and so well worth the climbs. George and I were really tired at one point and decided to try Michael Macintyre’s Skipping technique…whoooo…it certainly makes you move faster and is far more fun than running! The only trouble was that I was laughing so much I virtually fell into the hedge alongside…so back to serious running on Dave’s advice!

Powerstock…and the Three Horseshoes Inn…HUGE thanks for the wonderful refreshments and the hospitality. I remember going here on many occasion as a teenager having walked the hills from Bridport so memory lane for me and lovely to introduce the HNT team to my younger life.

Off I then ran alone…George needed a rest, so he , Pete and Dave set off for coffee and cakes….Dave had to go on to another photoshoot in West Milton…Cider!!!!!…but his wonderful photos will be for all to see later this week.

An easier run now with less hills….another 8 miles in and I reached Waytown where the very kind landlord of the Hare and Hounds saved the day by producing drinks and a donation…thank you sir, we will be back. The garden here is worth every second that you can afford, the views are to die for and the food/drinks prices exceptionally good!

On to the final 5+ miles and into SYMONDSBURY estate…where we stumbled across the amazing tea rooms/shop and more…a wonderful find at the end of a hard day. I have to say that I was absolutely shattered…every ounce of me had gone into shut down and I knew that back in Bridport I would need to rest my knee and try to sleep on the way home. The 21 days were catching up with me…only 5 more to go now!

On return and after feeding the family etc…George has said that he is as tired as he has ever been…but well done him as he must have covered 20 miles today!

The tracker has given a reading of 27.3 miles so again over my 26 miles! NO wonder I am rather tired…

Tomorrow…a hard run again from Gillingham home…sponsored by Glencairn House Sherborne…who are out and about to set me off and welcome me home again! Do see their website as they off all sorts treatments!

HUGE thanx as usual to Dave, Pete and my family who are really coping with tired mum each eve;

TO DATE…21 days completed…

ESTIMATED mileage was going to be approx. 546 miles

ACTUAL mileage is 569.3 miles which averages out at 27.1 miles per day!

Rachel

June 29th 2016

Day 20 of the run

Day sponsored by Olivers Coffee House, Sherborne

Guess what…heavy rain predicted yet again and already raining at 7.30….so off to Oxley sports Centre AGAIN to do the run. Fed up as the treadmill really makes my knees sore, and so LOTS strapping required; BUT a better option than getting drenched like I did yesterday. This would not be sensible given the final 6 days ahead which are really tough runs including runs on the coast, and runs with plenty of steep hills such as Hambledon and Hod, the Cerne Giant and Maiden Castle.

A fast 1/2 marathon to start with in under 2 hours…tried to take a photo of the mileage and speed but my camera had run out of memory. The trouble is that, once I stop for a break, I really don’t want to get back on the machine…the thought of pounding a further 14 miles [not 13 as I wanted to cover 27 miles again today to keep up the daily average mileage] is just so horrid! My knees suddenly hurt, my ears don’t want any more music in them, and the motivation just goes. In fact, the motivation to do anything but go home, eat and sleep has gone. AAh…the thought of just chilling for the afternoon watching Wimbledon…a bit of Federa playing our English lad Willis would be far more fun and exciting!!!

BUT…I said I would complete the 27 miles so I did…hating every minute of it but thinking ahead to tomorrow when I run in sunny Bridport. Did I just say SUN! Well, according to the BBC weather, the rain will be coming in off the sea by midday or so tomorrow, sweeping right across Bridport and that bit of the South Coast. I think there have been 5 days tops when I have not had rain….flaming June; well it certainly is that!

BUT…tomorrow the t-shirt will be seen in Bridport and the surrounding villages. I used to live in the town and the support last year from the locals was amazing. I do hope some get out to see the off…from Bucky Doo Square at 9am. You will see the car as it will be parked at times through the day on the square itself. Pete is driving the car again, Diamond Images is coming to take some wonderful pictures, and son George who has just finished his GCSEs will be running with me. We hope to stop in Powerstock for refreshments at the Three Horseshoes Inn…eta = 12.15…before running the final 13 miles back to Bridport… eta = 5ish at Soulshine Cafe.

Do come and join in the fun if you can and throw those bits of loose change into the collecting pots…it will be day 21…then only 5 to go!!!!!

Rachel

June 28th 2016

Day 19 of the run

Day sponsored by Diamond Images

Today…on waking…I was filled with anxiety after yesterdays knee issues. This I felt was going to be possibly the breaking point and end to the run. That would mean disaster as I just want to get as much awareness re the SEN kids and the Opportunity Groups as possible across the 2 counties and beyond, and of course bring in more funds for them.

The weather forecast was fine for the initial couple of hours and then HEAVY  showers; I had no support driver, and I was due to start and end in Shaftesbury…sometimes 13-14 miles away from my car.

Having spoken to others and getting good advice, it was decided that I needed to run locally again, leaving the car at The Oxley Sports Centre. At least this end I knew lots of contacts that could potentially rescue me if necessary and drive me home. Also, if the weather came in really stormy and wet there was then the fall-back of running the last few miles on the treadmill.

Double knee support on, off I went…firstly to call in to see my Personal Trainer Simon…SPfit- Sherborne…and then on towards the outlying villages to Sherborne. If you see the route that I am due to do tomorrow…well, that is what I did today!!

HUGE thank you Simon for getting me fit enough to do this challenge; I am not an amazing endurance athlete that has run marathons for years so he has had his work cut out!

1/2 marathon in and a HUGE thank you to Gail and staff at The White Hart, Bishops Caundle who were surprised to see me a day early, but fed and watered me well!

If you have not been there…it is a lovely pub, full of atmosphere, great food, and able to cater for all ages and numbers of people. There is also  a garden with fantastic views, and a safe, fenced area for the little ones complete with garden toys. I am definitely going back sometime in the summer after the run!

I also must give a plug to Bishop Caundle Village Stores and PO who stock everything from food and drinks to local crafts and cards. They too have a small area outside where goods can be consumed in the sun [if it ever comes out!!!], and it is easy to pull in to so holiday makers can stock up en route to their destinations! Thank you for the cold drink which kept me going for the rest of the run today!

I digress…1/2 marathon today in about 2 hours 20, so taking it much slower…but my knee was holding out thank goodness. The second half was also good…although the final 6 miles was in heavy rain…yes the forecast was correct. So, I arrived back at The Oxley Sports Centre drenched and with shoes filled with water.

Thank you Oxley for letting me stop and use your showers etc….I even dried my shoes out using the hairdryers!!!

Thankfully my knee, despite being sore, is ok…just hoping that it will put up with 7 more days of pounding. It has been a problem for so many years [due to intense long jump training from a young age] and is not irritable due to this run; I know that once I stop it will settle down fairly quickly again.

So, I have survived another day…tomorrow brings another local run with me also leaflet dropping at the schools on the route, and then off to Bridport on Thursday for a real challenge! Fortunately the support car will be alongside then with Pete at the helm.

Thank for all your support…pls encourage people to donate through the Just Giving Page on the website as every penny will go to HNT…

Pete [based in Southampton] who does my website, drives the support car, keeps me motivated and smiling and is really the “silent other 1/2 of HNT”,…

Diamond Images who has come along from Poole to take amazing photographs, and has been carting my children too and from school at times and even cooking them brunch, and makes me laugh when my legs are hurting,…

Glenn from Jurassic Auction House down in Wyke Regis, who has put on welcoming events, is donating 10% of his profits to HNT this year, promotes HNT continually, and generally makes sure I am ok and not in need of anything,

…all 3 above, as I do, take nothing from the raised monies. They do all this out of the kindness of their hearts and I love them all to bits for this as HNT would not be what it is without them.

Rachel