Hi all, Ricco here reporting on the Great Birmingham Run of Sunday 19th October 2014…
You may have thought we creative marketing folk here at Jask aren’t much for sports and running…
…and on the whole, you were probably right. We are avid armchair enthusiasts at best and it was a big surprise to me when we put our names into the hat for the Bupa Great Birmingham Run half a year ago in March 2014.
Our sole motivation? To raise money for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice and their fantastic services to the community around Birmingham and Sandwell.
So cometh the hour, cometh the day, and yesterday, on Sunday 19th October 2014, me, Craig, Kevin and Stu took to the second biggest half marathon in the country, the race where 20,000+ people congregate in the centre of Birmingham to tackle a gruelling 13.1 mile course.
Our first stop? Well, it actually wasn’t on the run itself, but a lucky stumble across none other than our friends at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice stand. Here’s us (minus Stu, late on the train!) with CEO Tina Swani at the stand. Cheers for the water, safety pins and looking after our bags!
The atmosphere was, as cliche as it sounds, electric. The sun was out, people lined the streets, ready to cheer the runners on, and the race start at Sandpits Parade was absolutely jammed. Here’s us doing a selfie just before the race began (apologies about the bad photography, yours truly is not a great snapper):
At the stroke of precisely 11:20AM, we were off! As I knew it would happen, Craig and Kevin bolted first, leaving me and Stu to eat dust, and then soon enough Stu left me in his wake as well…deserters!
They completed it easily enough, but for me it was a very tough run indeed. Being a half marathon virgin, by mile 7 of 13 I had hit the wall and running (or mainly walking) on pure determination alone.
Thankfully I got through it in the end and it was a great feeling running down the home stretch on Broad Street. I even had the energy to take a cheeky selfie of me and my finisher medal, boom!
The best feeling of all though? Smashing our target for the hospice. Check out our JustGiving page here, and keep donating!
Plans to do it all again next year! Come and join us! #RunJaskRun