Hi Jeff, all your Marshalls and organisers!
I just wanted to pass on a huge thank you
for making my (first) Bling run such a pleasure (along with Rachael Hughes
who used her Inner Katherine Jones [our Running club leader] to coach and
encourage me along the course when my legs were burning and the spirit was just spotting the coming hill)!
There was MUD, there were oceans pretending to be puddles, there were unending hills... and there were lovely downhill bits... I liked the downhill bits so much!! But given all that I enjoyed it and, not just because against the odds and elements I managed to creep in 3 minutes under my target, but also because it went so well from my viewpoint, no problems, everything at my end went so easily!
You were all spectacularly encouraging, the high fives, the smiles, the laughter, the advice, the cheer... every bit was a drop in an emptying tank! Thank you. It was a first for me and my medal has taken a pride of place in my bedroom... there may be other races but there will never be another first for me! Thank you for making the booking process (I managed to ring you on holiday!!) so easy even when it hiccupped!
Great experience, I enjoyed it... and eventually the mud will come out of my orthotics and my runners will dry out (actually they got a good clean when dried and look as good as new so my trainers thank you too!!)
A huge manhug and a massive thank you to you and your team.
Absolutely love the races that Jeff organises. The 'no pressure' attitude to individual abilities is mad paramount, and subsequently those (like me), who are not 'natural' runners thoroughly enjoy the organisation and atmosphere, and keep returning. The thing I love too is because of Jeff and his team, these are the friendliest races around. I tend to go along by myself, and always the runners and marshalls are so encouraging, and make the pain 'fun' (!!), and the elite runners are focussed on encouraging us plodders!
To organise these, with no great personal gain, just the love of getting people out and active - is amazing. Thank you!