As some of you will be aware on Friday 5th October I took part in the Race for Life Twilight 5k in Norwich.
I’ve been working my way through the Couch to 5k program and this event coincided with the last week of the program, so seemed like the perfect goal!
Plus it was a great opportunity to take part in raising money for Cancer Research UK, which is funded entirely by the public. Events like Race for Life are vital in funding Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer, and helping to save millions of lives.
This was the first year that the Race for Life Twilight was held and it was only trialled at selected venues (Southampton, Norwich, Swansea and Windsor). If it is a success then hopefully they will hold the event at more locations next year, so more people can join in with the fun!
It was a great atmosphere with people dressed up in pink gear and sporting fairy lights, glow sticks and other shiny accessories- the showground was lit up!
Some people went even further with their efforts including these girls who did the whole 5k as a 3-legged race!
The Norwich 5k was held at the Norfolk Showground – there were fireworks before the event started…
…and a warm-up lead by two Zumba instructors, which was great fun and good to get moving because it was a pretty chilly evening!
I took part in the event along with Mark’s mum Pat who walked the 5k distance, finishing in just over an hour- well done Pat! 🙂
It was really nice to have someone else participating although everyone was really friendly as we were running round.
Overall I’d say the event was a huge success
and great fun! I ran the whole way finishing in about 37 minutes (not sure exactly as it wasn’t officially timed so I just used my HRM) which I was so chuffed with! That’s the longest distance and the longest time I’ve run for so far, and I am really pleased 🙂
More to the point I enjoyed it so much, and would definitely enter more races and do the Race for Life again- the atmosphere was brilliant!
We got our medals for participating and a goody bag afterwards too, which had some cool stuff in it.
A water bottle, nail files, packet of cereal, toothpaste, moisturiser, spice mix and coffee sachet- pretty sweet!
Some more photos of the Norwich Race for Life 5k can be seen here.
Thanks to everyone who sponsored me, and I really appreciate the support with my running too. Thanks Em for coming to watch, and Mark’s dad Richard for braving the cold! 🙂
Come and join me next year!