Welcome to part one, no way can I fit all I have to report in one blog without boring you all to death so will break it down in to parts. Not to keep you in suspense, I did not achieve any of my happy, happier or happiest aims, but will add to this a glad, yes a glad I finished, but more on that another day.
Like most of us I am fortunate enough to have a good group of friends. One of these is the lovely Mrs F who has been mentioned here before, for five years she sat next to me between the hours of 9 and 5, Monday through Friday, helping me to cling on to a job that did not come naturally. Despite recently being quite ill she came out yesterday to offer support as I ran round her home town, standing in a great position enabling me to pass her 4 times. She was armed with flag, camera, jelly babies and much-needed water and bucket loads of encouragement. The last time I passed her was at the 18 mile mark where I was struggling to put it mildly! At this point she jumped on her bike and rode with me pretty much most of the way to the end. Offering amazing encouragement, carrying my water, chatting to take my mind off it, giving me pain killers at 20 miles as I was HURTING. (No offer of a backie on the panniers though!) Words cannot express how much this helped. She even managed to get to the finish straight to give me a high-five and once I got over the end I was presented with a lovely bag of ‘soak in the bath’ goodies! What a great friend.
Mrs F sadly lost her Mum when she was young and always says this has meant, she has surrounded herself with good friends, the reason she has lots of good friends is because without a doubt she is a FANTASTIC one. This tired achy, slightly sad round the edges runner is very grateful to her for all she did yesterday.