It’s happening! It’s really happening, 4 weeks today! My runner’s pack has arrived from the sponsors. It includes my number and a timing chip, which will track my time from the moment I pass the starting line to when I stagger across the finishing line some 7 or 8 hours later! Joking: if I can maintain the same pace I managed for Friday’s 8-mile run, I could cover the course in around two and a half hours, which will suit me very well, and surprise me greatly. I am, after all, doing this to collect sponsorship for a charity, not for the personal glory of an extraordinary time for the race. As long as I complete the course, I’ll be happy.
You’ll have noticed the aside to yesterday’s training run. I actually covered eight and a half miles. This is just as well, as the booklet makes it clear that runners should be capable of running eight unbroken miles in the month approaching the run itself. So, that’s one condition fulfilled.
There are eleven starting zones, including the elite athletes. I’m in zone 10, so I’m very close to the back, along with I guess another 5,700 runners. 57,000 of us are due to start the race on Sunday 13th September at around 10:40. The whole event will be televised on BBC1. It looks as though I’ll line up about 800 metres (875 yards) from the start, but my timing chip won’t kick in until I cross that line. Runners are placed in zones according to their expected completion times. Since I’m 67 and have recently recovered from 10 years with ME/CFS, I imagine they believe I’ll be a little slower than the average, and that’s a perfectly sensible assumption, of course.
I’ve arranged accommodation for the night before, and the night after; don’t want to have to drive home after such a run. Transport to and from the event for both myself and Valerie I’ve arranged via a specialist company that provides coaches. It’s not a cheap undertaking, so I’m hoping you’ll all make my effort and expense worthwhile by contributing to my fundraising for Action For M.E. I’ve made it easy, so please click this link here and take the easy steps to make a donation. Or, even simpler, send the text ‘MESA76’ (without quotation marks) to 70070, to donate £5 via your mobile phone. Go on: really motivate me! Thank you.
And don’t forget, you can still purchase my book on ME/CFS, M.E. and me; Chronic Fatigue: My Recovery After 10 Years, through the links on my ‘Published Works’ tab on this website. Half the profits will go to the same charity.