Both me and my brothers ran the 5km in Greenwich park and chose to run for charities that we personally felt passionate about. I ran for Broadway, a great charity which seeks to help and support the homeless.
The day began pretty early as we layered up (especially those spectating) and headed out on a chilly Winters morning.
Typical of my luck a few wrong turns and closed roads meant our journey was a little longer than expected (cue my good mood transforming rapidly to panic).
We finally managed to cross the river and make it to Greenwich Park in plenty of time. Which only meant one thing...time to check out the start line and get those Santa suits.
The Santa suits were donned.
Many photos were taken for future embarrassing parental usage.
Probably the funniest 20 minutes of my life watching 2,000 + santas 'warm up' to Gangnam Style and then make their way to the start line....and then off we went.
Wasn't smart enough to take a camera on the run so you can use your imagination to envisage over 2,000 Santa's running and crossing the finish line :)
Proud but tired runners, along with our completion medals.
I know that to a lot of people 5km isn't that far but nevertheless I am still so proud that we ran the entire race and crossed the finish line all together.
I am hoping to continue to help Broadway and hopefully volunteer in one of their support centres in 2013. Overall, I managed to raise £266 and here's a breakdown of where the funds raised will help;
For £11 – deliver a specialist counselling or anger management session for one person to help them manage their mental health and wellbeing.
For £21 – provide a week of home-cooked meals for one person who has just left the streets and moved into our Assessment Centre.
For £63 – give someone a Home Starter Pack (including bedding, towels and basic cooking and kitchen equipment) for someone like Tracy who is moving into their own independent accommodation.
For £300 – pay for a client led project, such as a day trip, hobby club or gardening equipment for hostel residents to help build a sense of community, alleviate boredom and improve motivation.
For £639 – resource the tea bar at our Broadway Centre for three months. The tea bar is a welcoming service, run by client volunteers, often providing the only hot drink of the day for someone in health and housing need.
Thanks again to all those involved :)