21kms and over £13,000 - our Brooklyn Half Marathon story
My daughter Eve and I have both gone through peaks and troughs in our training, but at the start of this year it felt right to set a goal together. So we decided to run the Brooklyn Half Marathon, and help raise money for the JDRF - a hugely important foundation funding research to cure type 1 diabetes, and support children and their families living with juvenile diabetes.
It's a cause close to our hearts as Eve has had type 1 diabetes since she was 11 years old.
We trained hard for months and finally the day in May came. It was a brisk morning in Brooklyn with an early start, up at 5.00 to be at the starting line for 7.30, ready to jump into the 13.1 mile race we'd trained for for so long.
All up, we both did well. Out of the 27,410 runners we crossed the line in 22,912 and 22,913 places, and holding hands! We had no injuries to report (except sore knees), so that in itself was a result.
We had as much fun as one could possibly have, running for very nearly two and a half hours. As you probably know, Americans are very supportive so wearing personalised running shirts with the Union Jack and our names on the front inspired lots of vocal encouragement, which helped us along the way.
Above everything else, and of the greatest importance, we want to thank everyone for their amazing support. Eve and I were really touched by the kind-heartedness and generosity of family, friends, clients and business associates around the world. You helped us raise an incredible total of £13,151 (and counting!) for JDRF. The charity themselves have been in touch and have asked that we express their thanks for your amazing support.
Signing off for now, with our thanks and best wishes, and if you have the inclination: https://www.justgiving.com/eve-wilson5
Managing Director, Globe Apartments