Sunday, May 18, 2008

'Race for Life' Bristol 2008

I'm sure that everyone has been touched by cancer in someway, be it yourself, a relative or a friend and this is why research into the treatment and cure of this terrible disease is so important. This event has been running for a number of years but I got involved last year as you can read here.

I had been avidly watching the weather forecast all the week and if you believed the met office we were supposed to get rain! I woke up to an overcast sky and a cool breeze...but no rain, thank goodness. My friend, Tina, had decided to do the race on the Sunday with another friend so I wondered what it would be like walking alone with thousands of people all around you.
This got me thinking about cancer, because in a way that is how you might feel if you had the disease. You are battling alone whilst being surrounded by loved ones, friends and professionals who are all offering support, but it is the person alone who, bravely endures the treatment and actually fights the disease.

As we congregated at the starting point for the walkers, reading the tributes brought a tear to my eye. It took me back to the funeral of Sam's friend Sheena, who sadly died in October last year; it made me think of all the bloggers I knew who had written about their, and their family's personal stories of cancer. It made me thankful that my mother had her skin cancer removed successfully, earlier this year; and it made me pleased that so many people were supporting this event to raise money for research.



Luckily the rain kept off and being a little cooler it made the walking a lot easier. I managed to keep up a steady pace, and my knee and hip did not let me down, although today my knee is twice the size it is normally and a bit sore. Some 40 minutes later I was at the finishing line.....Embee tells me I am in this picture but I must be hidden!



These last two photos are not exactly flattering, but I just wanted to show you that I got my medal for completing the course.



I would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored me. I have raised £180 (approx $350) so far, which is a modest amount, but combined with everyone else's will make a difference.

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22 Comments:

At 18/5/08 11:35, OpenID tootsie said...

Well done!

I lost my Mum to cancer after just six weeks of being diagnosed.

I'm doing the Flora Mini Marathon in Dublin next month, for 'Suicide or Survive' of which I've also been affected...

Again, well done and thankyou! XX

 
At 18/5/08 11:49, Blogger Aoj & The Lurchers said...

Chris, you are a star....congratulations and well done!

 
At 18/5/08 12:43, Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Way to go, Chris!

 
At 18/5/08 13:05, Blogger Celeste said...

Congratulations!

Here is the US we have "Relay for Life" (sponsored by the American Cancer Society) and "Race for Cure" (sponsored by the Susan G. Komen foundation and supporting breast cancer research). Both events always make me tear. There is something about joining a group of people that are supporting cancer survivors/victims that is very emotional.

 
At 18/5/08 15:40, OpenID marmiteandtea said...

Congratulations Chris! Well done on finishing!
Let's hope one day a cure will be found.

 
At 18/5/08 15:47, Blogger BS said...

Job well done - Congrats !

 
At 18/5/08 16:29, Blogger john.g. said...

Well done Chris!!

 
At 18/5/08 18:00, Blogger Sam said...

love you mum. this post brought tears to my eyes.

 
At 18/5/08 20:14, Blogger Cricket's Hearth said...

Wow - way to go the extra mile for the cure! And thank you for visiting my blog.

 
At 18/5/08 22:07, Blogger Steffi said...

Congratulations,Chris!Great job and well done!

 
At 19/5/08 00:40, Blogger Barbara said...

Well done Chris. I hope your knee is better soon.

 
At 19/5/08 02:27, Blogger lisa marie said...

Yay! You look great and are doing a great thing! Congrats on your medal!

 
At 19/5/08 02:48, Blogger karisma said...

Congratulations! And you don't even look a bit tired!

Hugs xxx I hope your knee feels better quickly

 
At 19/5/08 10:55, OpenID daffy said...

£180 more than what they would have had and I bet it makes a world of difference to them!
Look at you. :o)
You look all rosey cheeked and smiley! See, doing good things has a positive effect and you look lovely! xx
I must be going soft... I put kisses on the comment and I was going to go back and delete but then I thought why not leave them on! :o)

 
At 19/5/08 11:17, Blogger ChrisB said...

karisma my knee feels a lot more comfortable today~ thank goodness.

daffy you are so sweet thank you.

 
At 19/5/08 12:49, Blogger Beccy said...

Well done mum, you look fantastic.

 
At 19/5/08 13:55, Blogger Jo Beaufoix said...

Well done Chris. Brilliant. :D

 
At 19/5/08 14:39, Anonymous Karmyn R said...

Awesome! Way to go, Chris.

 
At 19/5/08 14:41, Blogger headless chicken said...

Well done Chris! Great post. I think the photos of you are fab! Rosie, Izzy, Mum and me did the race last year but haven't entered this years yet though I do keep getting info reminding me that it's not too late.....must sort it out!

 
At 19/5/08 15:52, Blogger Pamela said...

ROCKING~~~
I'm scheduled to walk in June -
My sis Nelda died of leukemia. My nephew from a rare Lung Cancer at 29. My BIL died from pancreatic cancer. And now my SIL Brenda is battling breast cancer that has moved into her bones.
On a happy note !!!! My sister Sandra is a breast cancer SURVIVOR!!!

Thanks for walking dear lady!!

 
At 19/5/08 23:02, Blogger ChrisB said...

THANK YOU FOR THE LOVELY COMMENTS EVERYONE X

 
At 25/5/08 19:11, Blogger Cuteluc said...

Congratulations! How great does it feel when you cross the finishing line?!
I did the race on the Saturday, and it was just one of the best things I've done!
Well done again...have a look at my blog as i have photo's from Staurday's race for life!
Cuteluc....

 

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