My first ultramarathon – The Oscars speech …
The Oscars bit …
Yep. Not letting it go without a few thanks because truth be told I would NEVER have started, much less finished, this challenge without the help of a few (although if I’m honest I probably took your names in vain once or twice on Saturday??) lol
Karim … cannot believe, much less relay to others, the amount of support, commitment to my training and confidence in my ability that you’ve poured forth in the last two months; and for being the most amazing support crew on the day! Thank you thank you thank you!
Caitriona … for accompanying me the previous week on that last arduous section of the trail and making sure I didn’t get lost; for organising the greatest reception committee at the finish line ( I still can’t believe all your friends came and froze at the race course for 2 hours just to see me cross the line), for your total hysteria when I got my medal (lol) but perhaps most of all for adopting the role of Jillian Michaels just when I was starting to wimp out at 60km!
Chris … for offering to accompany me across the Downs in the early hours for fear (quite rightly so) that Mum would be lost forever! They didn’t allow it but I know you would’ve in an instant.
Jo … training buddy – for making sure that TRX was well used in our training sessions, for all your totally-undeserved admiration for my efforts, for picking me up off the floor when I was down, your knowledge, advice, amazing friendship and, most of all on this occasion, for being my inspiration to dig in and steal just a little of your ability to plough through that hurt box to the end – as I’ve seen you do on so many occasions!
Kieron … for unwittingly putting the idea into my head in the first place; for sheer proof that if you want something then go fight for it (following you on C2K was just mind-blowing!) – and for the tips, advice and help, ALL of which I actually followed to the letter and without which I would’ve been completely clueless.
SAMA buddies – for all the texts, tweets, support throughout! I owe at least a couple of km for every single one!
Action Challenge organisers/support crew …. I’ve said it all elsewhere – couldn’t have asked for more (other than a piggy back from 75km onwards)
Rockinghorse Children’s Charity – for your support and help along the way – and for what you do every day!!
To EVERYONE who sponsored me on this journey into ultra-madness and mayhem. I thank you – and Rockinghorse thanks you XX