Run a Race: DONE!

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racemap On the look-out for ‘doable’ races that supported charities I like, I saw an advert for the Edinburgh Christmas 5k Run. As it happens, I saw this while looking for puppies to adopt on the Scottish SPCA website. I can’t wait until I can have one of my very own!

I thought 5k would be realistic, since I’ve never done a charity race before and don’t really like running to be honest (I’m more of a competitive team sports person, despite running track&field in high school).

runThis race is cool because you can choose from a variety of charities to support. I’m basically a fan of anything pro- animals, books, nature, etc, and in the end I went with the SSPCA. The RSPB was also there (I support them by pin-badge minding!) as well as a handful of other amazing charities worth supporting.

Now this left S and I to train a bit and do some fundraising to support the cause. In fact, if you fancy donating, you can still do it online at our JustGiving page:
http://www.justgiving.com/AikoH

Every penny raised will help animals in Scotland!finished

We were also excited about the Edinburgh Christmas 5k Run because on both days of the run, they’d be having a fun & festive market with stalls for all the charities, as well as places to buy some early Christmas presents. I love the community spirit in Edinburgh!

We woke up on race day and got ourselves ready. It was a little mizzle-y so I was a bit nervous it might be rained off. But upon heading into Inverleith park, there was a lovely festive marquee and lots of runners in fancy dress (so many Santas, elves and reindeer!).IMG_20131208_115406

We managed to finish the race in 29minutes, and my lovely husband even waited up for me so we could cross the finish-line holding hands (*spew*). =)

It was great fun! I think we’ve both agreed that that’s probably as far as either of us fancy running, but I’m glad to have ticked another thing off my big list and supported a great cause at the same time.

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