There were over seven thousand runners. Each runner had brought along several supporters, each runner had raised money for Cancer Research, and each runner had a moving message written on the back of their t-shirt* explaining why they were running. Layers of goodwill, interesting stories, motivated people, and determination filled the centre of Cambridge yesterday morning.
I assumed we'd be running around Parker's Piece - the park in the middle of Cambridge where the race began - but we were actually running right through the centre of the city. This made it so special, as we ran through King's College, all through the market, and up and down the narrow cobbled streets of shops and cafes. The hordes of tourists seemed a little baffled as to why seven thousand women in pink had suddenly taken over the city.
We had a wonderful day, and we raised £275 in total. I am so proud of Olivia for suggesting that we did it, and grateful to her for getting me running again after more than twenty years of not running. What a girl!