The London Half Marathon at Silverstone had as race starter, the former Formula 1 World Champion Nigel Mansell. He ran the race together with his two sons. The announcer was concerned that something had happened to Nigel whilst running the half marathon, he wondered if he had a flat tyre. When a race marshall indicated that Nigel was on the last curve they played “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac. He ran to the finish with the music blaring.
Teresa ran the London Half Marathon at Silverstone today. The weather was horrendous, one moment it was sunny and clear, the next it was heavy sleet and hail. The wind remained very strong the entire duration of the marathon and the temperature was very cold. The wind chill contributed to the cold temperature. I was frozen by the end of the marathon and I had wished that I bought some mittens along for the marathon. They gave every finisher a great medal. The runner who finished first probably wanted to finish it as quickly as possible due to it being so cold. 🙂
Teresa has raised £2,444 for charity in the last year by running two 5km races, two 10km races and a 7km race in a gorilla costume. I was there supporting her for all of the races. She helped 3 charities, Cancer Research UK, Grove House Hospice, and The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. She has been training over the winter and will be starting the season with a half marathon on March 18th, 2007 at Silverstone.
The Silverstone London Half Marathon is going to be running around the race track, thankfully there won’t be any formula 1 racing cars at the same time. It might be a bit windy and wet, but I am going to be there cheering Teresa on. The race will be in aid of The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign.
The next run after Silverstone will be The London Marathon on April 22nd, 2007. The marathon is 26.2 miles around London finishing on the mall. I am going to be cheering from wherever I can get to on the route. We are hoping to be able to catch her at numerous points along the route. The marathon will be in aid of Cancer Research UK.
The third run which we will all be participating in, will be the ING Bay to Breakers in San Francisco on May 20th, 2007. I have started training for this race already because one section of the run is a 11.5% incline. It is going to be very tough for my paws. We are running in aid of The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation which is the only charity in the world dedicated to fighting lung cancer.
If you would like to donate to any of the runs then please click on the justgiving pages below. Thank you in advance.