We were running on a sunny day in the Worthing 10K race along the seafront. And, then, it was ‘waiting on a sunny day’, dancing to The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, on the pitch of Wembley stadium.

The sun was shining and there were over 2000 runners crammed along the starting barriers. The race pace makers were wearing balloons to stand out from the crowd. Having a phobia of balloon, I began to lose focus but before I knew it we were stampeding across the start line.

The start felt as if we were running in a sauna, steam coming from our heels, sweat dripping. Runners started to burn out with heat exhaustion, which made me think, ‘I am stronger than this. If I can do a half marathon, without stopping I can do this. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!’

Spectators were cheering, hoses where being sprayed, percussions were beating out a running rhythm and the crowds were cheering. Finally, I reached the halfway point out of the shaded trees and into the roasting heat..

Running past my mum  (she'd slowed down because her heart rate was too high either through heat or her hyperthyroidism) it only made me more determined to finish, even though every inch of my body from pelvis downwards was aching, telling me to stop. Runners were stopping in front, suffering from the heat and my Achilles tendon was throbbing. I had pins and needles in the soles of my feet from pounding on the road. But I just dug that little bit deeper and kept going – pain is weakness leaving the body.

At the 5m mile mark a fellow runner had collapsed due to heat exhaustion. My heart goes out to him and his family!

Then it was the last stretch, running at 7.20 minute mile pace with a sprint to the finish! My mum came in five minutes later, happy to finish but way off her PB.

We had just an hour to shower and change to go up to Wembley to see The Boss, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. We stood and danced on the pitch for his three and a half hour non stop playing. A marathon of a performance. 

Baby, we were Born To Run!


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