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Margaret Connarty who is based at our Shrewsbury office ran the Bridgnorth 10K on Sunday 28th October along with work colleagues, raising funds for Midlands Air Ambulance.
Also running were Sarah Smith, Mike Anson, Jacynta Walsh, Luke Davies, Nicole Stiller and Beth Morris; Rachel Wood from our Bridgnorth office was marshalling the run.
Margaret who is an experienced runner commented;
"I have to say that I was not particularly looking forward to the Bridgnorth 10k; I hadn't had the best pre-race prep/training and I had kindly been told that it was a brutal course. I had also the day before looked up the elevation profile - I'd heard it was hilly and tough (and I had seen photos of 'the hill').
I found Sarah and the rest of the TJ teamat the start line. I was impressed when Sarah said that it was the first ever 10k race for Nicole, Mike and Luke. I don't think I had ever before felt so sick with nerves as I had before this particular race, but it must have been a million times worse for these fantastic guys.
It was quite a crowded start with some narrow parts and a tough grass section in about the 2nd kilometre. I remember thinking we had gone off way too fast, but luckily at that point we settled down into a sensible pace. I'd done a couple of smaller races in Bridgnorth, but had never looked around the town or taken in the scenery. I was struck by how pretty it was, especially from up high.
It was lovely to see Rachel Wood marshalling. Beth Morris was also there running so we saw her on the course a couple of times. The hill near the end was extremely tough, everyone was watching, and I did silently curse whoever said the finish was just around the corner (it wasn’t).
We all successfully completed the 10k - huge well done to everyone, especially to those for whom it was their first ever 10k - they can only get flatter courses from here! They had put in the hard work in training, so thoroughly deserved their success. They were so happy to finish and it was brilliant to cross the line as a team and I recall the commentator saying "4 of you crossing the line at once, the timers will have fun with that". It may have been extremely hilly and tough, but it was also one of the most enjoyable races I have ever done, with the smiliest, most-encouraging marshals I have ever encountered.
The race was a great example of teamwork - encouragement and helping each other through - and mental toughness ('the hill' comes to mind). I for one wouldn't have completed it without my work colleague (and I think I may hire Jacynta as a personal motivational coach for any future races!). Most of all, it was fun and we were raising funds for Midlands Air Ambulance, the firm's chosen charity for 2018."
If you would like to donate to Midlands Air Ambulance, you can do so through the following link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarah-smith370
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