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Southwater 06.02.11

On 06.02.11, 18 Cranleigh Sunflowers ran from Cranleigh To Southwater.
 
It was approx 11.5 miles along the South Downs Railway Link. Lisette, Sarah, Sarah, Sara, Laura, Melissa, Sharon, Julia, Julie, Beccy, Louise, Deryn, Kirsty, Claire, Kelly and myself all met at the Co-op car park at 9.45 am to start our run. We were also joined by Becky and Karen on bikes, Debbie in car support and Chris for directions and support with the runners.
 
The weather was a bit windy and cold, there was also damp in the air but it didn't rain and the cold soon went after running for about a mile!
 
At about 10am we started on our journey. We all stayed together for a while and just eased into the task ahead.
 
Becky and Karen did a fantastic (and very funny) job cycling behind us all and then going backwards and forwards between us all offering drinks and jelly babies. They also had a go at taking photos but we went passed to quickly!!
 
Debbie and Kevin also met us just near Rudgewick at the point were we had to cross the A281. This was really great as they handed out drinks, food and support. By this time we all needed it!
 
The next marker was when we crossed a small road. This was at Slinfold, we were half way! We had splinted into smaller groups but we were all still going and there was no turning back for any of us, we were all going to finish. Run, jog, walk or cycle we were all going to get to the end! And we were still laughing.
 
Karen got a puncture 3 miles from the end, so she dumped her bike and got into the spirit of things and started running.
 
We passed the Bax Castle, Christ Hospital and then Southwater Village was in site.
 
By the time we all got back other Sunflowers, partners, kids and even dogs met us! And it was a welcome sight.
 
There were lots of tears. The achievement for everyone was unbelievable. We all had our own reasons for doing it. Our own goals and targets to get to, and we all did it. It was a fantastic morning out. The sense of pride, relief, joy, anguish, achievement, fun, pain and so many more feelings were felt by everyone. The runners, cyclists, support cars, friends and  families all felt it.
 
After everyone was back and changed into warmer clothes we all sat down for a well deserved cuppa and slice of cake. We all told our stories of the things that had happened along the way. We laughed and cried but we did it together, as a team, as part of the Cranleigh Sunflowers team.
 
Thank You to everyone that helped on the day, without your support we would have missed a vital part of our team.
 
Congratulation and well done to all.
 
I am feel very proud to have done this run and every run that i do with Sunflowers. If it is a training night, 5k, 10k, 11.5 miles and more, all the runs are so important and for so many different reasons. Everyone has a target and we are all here to help and get to those targets.
 
I am now looking forward to this years "Race for Life" 5k. This will be the first time some of our ladies will have run this far and is a very important race to do for all of us. This will be the first race for some, and the start of many ........ hopefully.
 
Long many it continue. Long may we continue.
 
 
Lucy. xx
 
"Be proud of how far you have come. Have faith in how far you will go."
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