Norwich Half Marathon

A group of ten enthusiastic ‘runners’ from the Regional Medical Centre at RAF Marham ran in the Larkin Gowan City of Norwich Half Marathon. The medical team raised over £1,300 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The idea was first suggested in early August with an email sent round the Medical Centre. To begin with there were not many positive responses! However with the promise of a lot of food afterward, plus the obvious attraction of training in the dark, wind and rain- one by one the entries were made and the Team grew. The feeling of having ‘just done that’ is incredible and certainly added to motivation. Interestingly an initial ‘no’ had, by the end of September, changed to an apprehensive ‘yes’.

The Team had a photo shoot and the webpage was ready to go! Sqn Ldr James Gelnar, the Deputy Senior Medical Officer at RAF Marham proved an excellent OIC and made sure our Just Giving web page had the full approval of Media Ops!

The chosen charity for this event was Macmillan Cancer Support. Cancer affects everyone- whether directly or indirectly, it has a profound impact on our lives, and the lives of our family and friends. Sadly one of the Team members lost her Mother to cancer in October so it was wholly appropriate to raise as much money as possible for the charity. The majority of funds were raised through members independent and the Team Just Giving web pages (complete with several cheesy photos).

There was a real mix of experience within the team. For some this was their first half marathon and way outside of their known comfort zone. Not to imply that experience translates directly to ease on the day! It was a tough race for everyone! The wind was gale force and as the course was essentially a square (two laps of) the runners had to overcome long stretches into head and side winds, able to see ahead, the forming of echelons back down the lane. A welcome respite from the wind was in the sheltered village of Marlingford, where a pub garden was full of joyous spectators cheering us on. The weather was not all bad, the sun shone brightly from the starting horn until cease of play over Norwich Show Ground.

Everyone in the Team who started the race finished it. This is the greatest end to any Team event. Thank you so much to everyone who sponsored us.

Also participating in this event was a team of six runners from Air Traffic Control, also fundraising for MacMillan. The team all did exceptionally well in completing the race in under 2 hours and 25 minutes raising over £600 for the charity.

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