FSSC‘s Jo Cooke brings us the latest news from her half marathon challenge…
Wow… 9 down, only one more to go!!
So since my last update, I had to drop out of the Halifax Half due to injury which was a shame as it was local to me, but I needed to make sure I was fit for the big one, the one I’d been looking forward to all year… The Great North Run!!
So my 8th Half was the Great North Run*… what a fantastic experience, I absolutely loved every single minute of it!! I wasn’t fully fit so knew it wasn’t going to be a personal best but I just wanted to get round. My time was 2:23:46 which considering my calf protested at 5.5 miles and I had to hobble jog round the remaining 7.5 miles, I was more than happy with.
My penultimate Half was at Worksop… a real treat this one as the majority of the run went through the National Trust’s Clumber Park.
It was a gorgeous day so the autumn colours were fabulous… I had a 4 week rest from running so went in with fresh legs and just the intention of finishing without getting injured, I managed this in a time of 2:04:46…”
To recap on Jo’s runs so far:
- Jan 18th – Inskip – 1:58:17
- Feb 15th – Liversedge – 2:04:08
- Mar 29th – Liverpool – 1:58:44
- Apr 26th – Blackpool – 1:56:59
- Jun 14th – Liverpool Rock n Roll – 1:56:13 [latest PB – Ed]
- Jul 19th – Lytham Windmill – 1:58:51
- Aug 9th – Isle of Man – 1:59:17
- Sep 13th – The Great North Run – 2:23:46
- Oct 25th – Worksop – 2:04:46
“My final Half is the Lancaster 3-1-5 which will is on the 6th December… I think fate had a hand in this one, as this will be the 11th anniversary of when my Dad passed away. Now if I hadn’t got injured I would have completed my 10th run yesterday… its almost like it was meant to be… 🙂
As ever, a big thanks to all of those that have donated so far; with your generosity and support I’m at a fantastic £1,414. My original target was £1,000, which with your help I’ve gone over but it would be great to get to £1,500… come on, it’s 10 half marathons!!!”
Here’s Jo’s JustGiving page for those extra donations.
Good luck Jo, you’re almost there…
* = Did you know the Great North Run is the world’s largest half marathon?