Well, what a fab day we had on Saturday! It was emotional for me, but what amazing support from family and friends. Sian was the day’s organiser extrordinaire with lots of people mucking in to help out. Graham & Pauline Parsons did a stirling job running the cake stall and kept people in tea and coffee all day. The cakes were all donated, and most will appear in ‘Tilly’s Treats’, the recipe book that my folks are compiling and will be sold to help raise more money. There was also a sweep stake on how long the marathon relay would take and a guess the number of sweeties in the tub.

The day started with my lap (which I roped Russ in to running with me) and we went from there. The oldest runner was over 70 and the youngest just a month old. Admittedly ‘running’ was a loose description for some of the laps but what a fantastic effort from everyone. The kids all got little goody bags and a certificate, none more deservedly so that Joseph (my super speedy nephew) who did five laps in total! He is only five. Darcy (Tilly’s sister) even managed her lap and ran some of the way. Darcy is three, and for those of you who don’t know her to walk a mile in less than about three hours is quite an achievement! She even asked if we could take the car when I first told her about the sponsored mile, but she knew she was doing it for ‘Tilly’s place’.

The sun shone on us all day and through donations, sponsorship, cake sales, the sweep stake & the sweeties we collected nearly £650 on the day. In addition to this donations and sponsorship have been going really well through Just Giving and so far we have a grand total of £1,468.70 nearly 75% of my target. Amazing! We covered a total of 79 miles and (lots of people doubling up and extras on the day) the 26.2 laps took a total of 5 hours and 15 minutes.

So what’s next? Well first up I think I might have to increase my target, then we have the recipe book to come and our fundraising night for family and friends in November. Jennie & her friend Paula have finished their sponsored weight loss so I’ll update everyone on that soon. Auntie Gerry will be running a craft stall at the church fare where Tilly is buried and there will be lots more going on too. Any suggestions for the new target…?