Not all superhero’s wear capes is a true statement. This weekend they wore TMP hoodies!
On Sunday 20th March 2022, a team of RSP members, volunteers and staff took part in the Blickling Half-Marathon… and what a brilliant day it was.
As with any event, we had our fair share of mishaps with the first being supporter (and CEO) Andy, testing positive for C19 the night before.
Given the very early departure time of 7:30am from Oak Street HQ, we naturally had a few later arrivals. The most impressive being staff member Kev, (and marshal) oversleeping, so he had to meet us at Blickling!
When we arrived, a massive car park queue ensured we were pushing it to the last minute for our runners and walkers, to make it to the start line. In fact RSP member Ash (who drove himself there) arrived so late that by the time he made it, everyone else had a twenty minute head start!
It was at that point it became apparent that we were already the winning team. Each member that made it to this event faced a challenge...
Ryan was suffering with a tummy ache
Ash was late and this was his first ever half marathon
Tessa only started training for the event 4 weeks beforehand
Although Jenny, Ellie and Teresa signed up, they were secretly hoping it’d be cancelled
Susie was freezing cold standing at her marshal location, Kev couldn't find his
Phil decided to bike to Cromer instead (we thought we'd lost him at one point)
Jake had never run this distance before
Despite this, our team of walkers, runners, marshals and supporters, clocked up approximately 160,000 steps. A massive achievement! And through it all, we smiled, chatted and laughed.
Jake came in first with an amazing race time of 1hr and 41mins! Perhaps it was the glitter he wore on his face that helped! Ash came in shortly afterwards with an epic 2hrs and 5mins. Bearing in mind he started after everyone else, this is a MASSIVE achievement. Tessa arrived next with a brilliant 2hrs and 34mins and Ellie, Teresa and Jenny completed in 2hrs and 35mins - an awesome display of girl power!
On completion, all our runners and walkers received a lovely medal with a picture of Blickling Hall. We hope they will wear them with pride they deserve.
At the end, we met back at our TMP minibus and enjoyed lots of tea and coffee, hot dogs, donuts and biscuits. All in the lovely sunshine!
A big thank you to RSP member Matt, who came along to Blickling with his girlfriend and her doggy, especially to cheer on our team, which was much appreciated.
Best of all, we have raised £1,182.50 including gift aid so far.
However it is not too late to show your support as we'll be keeping the page open for a little longer. You can use the link below to donate.
Below are some further pictures from the day. As you can see, a wonderful time was had.
Thank you so very much to all the team. It really was a lovely day, full of achievement and inspiring to be a part of.