This weekend was the second of my 20 Races Against Pancreatic Cancer for Pancreatic Cancer UK. It was the BE A GUNNER, BE A RUNNER race around the stadium in North London of Arsenal FC.
This was a small family day, with fans, and families of fans, including a lot of little ones, running in a child’s race and then an adult’s race.Here are the highlights.
How did I do?
The curse of new shoes reared it’s ugly head. The new Brooks Beasts, one of a few styles designed to deal with my hobbit feet – or moreso my second metatarsal overload syndrome, destroyed me. I was dying from the off, the shoes making me land flat footed, cramp, shin splints, pain, and walking, which makes it even the more impressive that I somehow got a PB for the mile and PB for the 5K somehow
I didn’t run in the Pancreatic Cancer UK t-shirt, or the new awesome Pancreatic Cancer vest, but I took it with me to change into to highlight the real reason for my running.
Would I run the Be a Gunner, Be a Runner again? No, and I wouldn’t have if the other two halves were on.
Would I recommend it? Unfortunately, the runners I know and I are in a privileged position. I have run through Paris, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, I have run through Disneyworld and met Disney characters, around the angled NASCAR tracks of North Carolina. 10 laps avoiding the dog poo in North London with no real view other than the high sides of the stadium was not all that inspiring. That and I am a Chelsea fan. So this was really uncomfortable for me, and I am not talking about the pain caused by the shoes.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR ME? The Regent’s Park Easter Monday 10K and the Sean Astin #Run3rd