I wanted to take it relatively easy given I have a 50km trail run (Coastal High 50), that is the following week, but I probably wouldn’t have done this unless it was for the amazing charity Red Kite and having run as a corporate team leader for the SAP team (plus I organised breakfast afterwards). So having woken up on the morning at 5.30am for a 6.30am start, and realise it was raining, I decided to drive to Coronation drive and run into the start line (plus I had to leave relatively early to get to another gig, so the car was close by the finish).
I made it to the start line in time for the green group (I was officially a yellow), but I couldn’t start later (and waiting longer in the rain) and given the yellow group was 60+ min joggers, I didn’t want to be caught up with them.
The course was great again, and even though it was raining pre-race it didn’t rain on the course, which is bit of a shame because I love running in the rain as well. I felt strong the whole way and managed a 48 minute (my watch said 9.9km) and I was happy with that.
Having completed the NY marathon the year before, and this being my first road run since, It was an absolute contrast in events. It is estimated NY had 2 million spectators (in the rain too) and Brisbane was lucky to have 200. It would be great if this could be transformed somehow…
Reaching the finish line, always encouraged to hear the Jonathan Fogarty on the microphone, and as an added bonus he gave me some time on the mic. Always happy to shout out to out great charity that we work with, Redkite, especially Tara who made the process all very easy for us.
Finished with a yummo breakfast at Barbossa and then ran home from there.
A new course, and a revived excitement to participate in this years Bridge to Brisbane – found me back on this Charity Fun Run. With our corporate sponsorship of RedKite, they were our charity of choice – and personally they made a large contribution towards my motivation for running this event again. Jess and the team from Redkite were encouraging with alot of pre-event support, providing tops (for our fundraising efforts) and also support along the way along with meeting us at the end.
The run itself was a much more enjoyable, as it ventured through different sections of the inner city Brisbane and a chance to run over the bridges on the road – rather than the usual footpath.
Made a conscious effort to run with the the team for this, both for a bit of team spirit (and lots of selfies) and trying to rest the legs for next weeks Coastal High 50.
Overall was a great event, lots of familiar faces and supporting a great charity who we look forward to working with again in the future.