We were all winners last Saturday when our vicar, Richard, completed his Greater Tulse Hill Straw Bale Marathon in a time of 5 hours 20 minutes. Among those who accompanied him were Tarron, aged 8, who ran a big 2k; Jaleel, the third fastest U13 100m sprinter in the country; Ally, who signed up for 10k but just kept on running to cover more than half the course; Pete, Dave, and Anne, who live with a variety of physical disabilities.
Richard said, “I was expecting it to be a gruelling and painful experience, but the company and cameraderie actually made it easy – a word I never dreamed I’d be using of the marathon. What it really shows is the power of doing things together – which is what this project is all about.”
It was a winning formula of prayer, skill sharing (eg massage!), equipment (eg the right strapping), mutual support, vision and careful preparation. The wet weather, which was timed to perfection after 90 minutes sunshine, also helped – though when we start building with straw, we’ll want that aspect to pan out a little differently! You can still sponsor the marathon through this link: www.bmycharity.com/strawvicmarathon