No stone left unturned

image1.PNGWhy, on a cold Christmas Eve, I decided to sign up for my first ever half marathon I will never know! I had lost 5 stone in the past 18 months and was getting fitter and wanted to raise money for Cancer Research with many of my friends and family affected, my brother included, so the cause was very close to home.
It seemed such a good idea at the time but as New Year arrived, reality set in. I was fairly active with two weekly fitness classes but running was never my forté and so on a crisp, cold but sunny January morning training started. I could ‘run’ a mile without stopping so the thought of the 13.1miles that was needed overwhelmed me. However, with sheer perseverance and patience from my trainer (husband!) I realised with each run I could go a little further. The furthest I ever did was 10 mile runs before the day.
Before I knew it the big day approached and on the 12th March a very nervous lady waited in the ‘pens’ to go. I actually enjoyed it and the time whizzed by; the last three miles were hard, but the support was amazing and apart from one small blister I completed it in 2 hours 34 minutes.
I was also lucky that in the days that followed I had no aches or pains! I would like to thank a lot of the Wychwood community who sponsored me and to Jacqui and Shana from St Michael’s stores for a raffle prize and having a Cancer Research tin on the till; so you may well have contributed your change to me without knowing. All your support has been amazing and all the words of encouragement got me through. Sponsorship at time of writing is now over the £1000 mark so a very big THANK YOU TO YOU ALL.

Sally Cambray

June – July 2017