On Sunday I ran the final event of my Ten for Tender Campaign. It was the Bournemouth half Marathon and I was determined to run it in under 2 hours. The process of these ten runs has been a really interesting one for me. I’ve approached the events with different goals in mind – the hills and cross-country terrain of Bedgebury Forest or Trent Park were challenge enough; the self-navigation of 12 miles in Fairlands Valley similarly. The wonderful camaraderie of Oak Hill parkrun with Susie and my “Ten for Tender support team” was the goal in itself for Event 9. But…..for this Half Marathon, my first attempt at the distance, my true competitive nature was in full swing and that sub 2 hours mattered to me.
Sunday was a beautiful day in Bournemouth. The race was an 8am start so my husband and I stayed down there the night before. I was nervous so pleased to get started and settle in to a rhythm for the first couple of miles. The first 7 or 8 miles actually felt really easy; I’ve trained hard for these runs for most of this year now so that should be the case. If anything I let myself go off a bit too quick, showing my lack of experience, so was brought up quite short by an unexpected steep hill at mile 9. Feeling worried that my goal was slipping away from me, I then compensated with a hard, quick mile but this really took it out of me so that the final three miles felt like mild torture! Not helped by the fact that they were all the way up Bournemouth seafront followed by all the way back down the seafront which was mentally very taxing. I summonded up my reserves of energy and tried to push for the last half mile on the pier and through the finish and was thrilled to achieve a time of 1 hour 55 mins, 31 secs.
In tough sections of races such as this I draw on the thoughts of why I want to raise money and awareness of Tender and the work they do. I am eternally grateful for how lucky I’ve been in life with the constant support of loving parents and wonderful kindness of my husband of twenty years. But I know how very different life can be for others and wholeheartedly support Tender in their work with young people.
Through the kind generosity of my family, friends and loyal clients, I hope to have raised just over £1,000 by the end of October. My sponsorship page at www.justgiving.com/SophieMinter remains open so please do add your sponsorship if you feel able.
And just so you know, Ten Events completed were:
27/5 BUPA London 10K
8/6 RW Trailblazer, Bedgebury Forest 10k
23/6 Trent Park Trail 10k
6/7 Orion Harriers Forest 5 miles
21/7 Fairlands Valley 12 miles
10/8 Gunpowder Park 10k
17/8 Greenwhich Park 10k
15/9 London Zoo 10k
28/9 Oak Hill parkrun 5K
6/10 Bournemouth Half Marathon
Hooray!!! Ten for Tender
Susie’s Best Friend, Sophx