Nottingham Race For Life - Victoria Embankment

Photo Credit to Carrie.

Evening all!

So as those of you who follow me on Twitter know, on Sunday I took part in the 'Race for Life' at the Victoria Embankment in Nottingham. Going to bed Saturday night (or should I say the early hours of Sunday morning), I wasn't excited about having to be up at 5am. Why so early? Well my dad was on his way to work at that time, and I had to be dropped at my student house in Nottingham (I was a bit too poor to take the bus, okay?!). Anyway, I figured I could use the time waiting for my friend to get up, to pack up my stuff ready for moving back home. Needless to say, I was done within 20 minutes and spent the rest of the time outside her door texting her to wake up and get ready.
Once she was finally ready we set off at around 8am (the race started at 10.30, and we had to be there at least an hour before). We decided to risk walking to the embankment from the house, which was interesting as we didn't really know where we were headed! Shockingly I actually managed to navigate us in the right direction, and we even got there early enough to scoop some pick 'n' mix!

I'm actually getting ridiculously hungry just looking at that photo...Anyway, we waited for a while and basked in the sun before heading over to join the crowd for the warm up. Two ridiculously fit men came on stage and led us (honestly, they were so fit I could see their muscles way back where I stood...drool), but I drew the line at hip thrusts..thankfully I wasn't the only one!

Eventually everyone separated into either runners or walkers and headed to the start line. I can't even begin to tell you how thrilling it felt to have people cheering you on as you ran for such a great cause. Crossing the finish line after 30 minutes running (with a dodgy ankle might I add), me and my friend felt on top of the world and so proud of ourselves for taking part. So happy we forced ourselves out of the house - otherwise we would have regretted it!

Reaching the finish line, we were a bit disheartened when we realised the set up before us wasn't actually the finish line, but rather something leading up to it! Pushing the pain aside we took off running again, crossing the finish line gasping for breath and so thankful for the goodies being given out by volunteers.

Picture credit to Carrie.

Both of us took part as the cause is something close to both of our hearts, and Carrie was the perfect person to do it with. I took part for my mum, who is one of the bravest people I know and has survived cancer herself. Knowing I raised money to help other people is such an amazing feeling, and I'm so happy to have taken part of such an amazing cause.

Needless to say, afterwards I crawled back into bed and passed out from exhaustion! Being up at 5am and then doing a 5k run can do that to a girl I guess. It was all worth it though!


alice said...

This is so lovely, made me want pick n mix too haha x

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ashleybates said...

I do the race for life every year for my mum, well done such a good cause!

Ashley xx