The day after our ‘attempted’ charity challenge I posted this to my personal Facebook wall:
I honestly don’t know where to start…
I gazed into the mirror this morning and I thought a number of things:
Was I a failure? Was I brave? Was I stupid? Was I proud?
Then I realised it was all of those things. Lee and I always said from the very start that this challenge was an attempt. It was also an attempt to raise as much money as we could for Tiny Lives.
Lee and I can’t thank my Brother and Val enough for the constant encouragement and support throughout the day. We also have so many other people to thank but I think it’s fair to say, you know who you are!
Unfortunately at the end of the 11th parkrun I collapsed and was taken to the RVI hospital. It’s quite ironic I should be lying in the same hospital as all the babies from Tiny Lives. Three hours and a couple of drips later, I was on my way home. Amy is still shaking her head at me now but she doesn’t need to say anything, I already know.
I honestly gave this challenge everything I had. I never gave up but unfortunately my body did. I feel like a boxer that’s gone 11 hard rounds and then got knocked out before even attempting the 12th. I do feel bad for Lee as I believe he could have gone on and completed the challenge. He did say this morning though that 11/12 and 34/37 miles isn’t bad! You’re an absolute legend Lee and I’m truly honoured to have you as a friend.
I believe with online and offline donations (including gift aid), we’re close to hitting the £1000 mark. I know this is a difficult financial time for everyone but if you can, please make a small donation. I might even upload a photo of me lying on the ground! Thank-you all and Merry Christmas.
This was from the heart. I was a broken man on the Saturday night and on the Sunday morning. I did feel like a failure at first but that has eventually turned into pride.
We really did have a fantastic day, despite the sad end. We met some amazing people throughout our challenge and most importantly, we raised a fantastic amount for Tiny Lives. This is what the challenge was all about.
Thanks for the continued support!