Last weekend over 20,000 runners took part in the world’s leading 10 mile running event, the Great South Run 2017 in Southsea, Portsmouth. This year bandv's PR Account Manager Nicole Prema and her dad joined the throng of runners to raise crucial funds for Cancer Research UK.
The weather the day before the run had been uncertain to say the least thanks to a storm that caused excessively high wind-speeds and enormous waves, and unfortunately the other scheduled weekend events were cancelled on the Saturday as a result.
By the morning of Sunday 22nd October though, the weather had improved dramatically, and the forecast was for a clear, sunny day, although still rather windy. After the Elite Men's race, won for the second consecutive year by Chris Thompson and the Elite Women's race which was won by Gemma Steel, it was the turn of the thousands of other runners to set off on the scenic course.
The 10 mile notoriously fast and flat course took runners through the iconic sites of Southsea and Portsmouth, including Portsmouth's historic dockyard with its world famous naval ships like the HMS Victory, and then past the Spinnaker Tower before finishing on the wild and windy seafront. The at times wild and windy weather though did little to kill the spirit of and deter the many fun-runners who were taking part (many of whom wore fancy-dress).
With a series of different bands and music at every mile to help spur the runners on along with unrivalled support from local residents and spectators, the event was certainly a memorable experience for all involved.
Nicole says, “What a truly magical and memorable day Sunday was. A fantastic atmosphere full of inspirational people from all walks of life, and of all different ages and sizes. All raising money for countless charities and coming together to take part in the Great South Run.
The support from the crowds really helped to keep us going and despite the extremely windy last two miles to the finish line, I’m pleased to say that we ran every step of the way and even managed a sprint finish.We were also lucky enough to have the support of our family cheering us on from the side-lines which certainly helped.
On the day, the atmosphere was electric and you could almost feel the adrenalin and see the determination on the faces of the other runners. The other lovely part was that if anyone was struggling, everyone else spurred them on with words of encouragement.”
So far, Nicole and her dad Prakash have managed to raise a whopping £532 for their chosen charity Cancer Research UK.
Speaking of her chosen charity Nicole says, “Cancer affects so many lives and our family is certainly no exception. We wanted to do something positive to raise money for Cancer Research UK to help fund vital research that will hopefully one day lead to a cure for all types of cancer.
I’m thrilled that we managed to complete the Great South Run and we would both like to say a huge thank you to everybody that sponsored us for their generous donations and support.”
bandv would like to say a huge congratulations to everyone that took part in this year’s Great South Run!