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Great South Run 2014

Posted on 28 October 2014 by

The Great South Run isn’t something I’ve experienced before. Anybody who knows me will attest that I am not a runner; I never have been. The occasional half-hearted jog around Southampton Common is as close as I’ve come to running since the hellish cross-country ordeals of my school days. So, whenever I told people I was “doing the Great South Run”, the general response was one of bemusement.

I might not be a runner myself but I have a lot of respect for people who can put themselves through 10 miles. There were an estimated 25000 runners this year and a huge number of these were running in aid of charity. Working for Macmillan on the day I was always on the lookout for the distinctive green T-shirt, but there were many different charities represented, from the big charities we all know to more specific, local causes; all meant enough to people for them to endure 10 miles of pain and exhaustion.

Doing something like this for charity is almost commonplace now, but it still means a great deal to each individual who does it. After all, running the Great South Run isn’t just about raising money, it’s a celebration of life and a call to do what you can while you can.

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