.....After 3 unscheduled stops for live radio interviews and a rather surreal 10 minutes when a lady asked me to pose for a photo with her dogs, i found myself about 30 minutes behind my plan at 5.30pm but after a 10 hour day thats not too bad! I was nearly at the end…..
Even though this was a much longer run than the Marathon I felt more confident, more prepared, better rested and had fuelled up on pasta all week. The day of the run came and I drove to Black Park with my good friend Grant Criddle. We were joined by several other friends: Stu Skinner, Stephen Savory, Marc Hockley, Darren Petford and Peter Lee. We were even joined by Lindsay and Brian Muir. Brian is the man who back in the 70s sculpted the costumes and is credited for creating the Stormtrooper and Dart Vader!
I began running at 0745 and soon started building up the miles. Everything was going well, I had one fairly big fall/trip at the 8 mile point but apart from that I was ok.
Stephen Savory was very good at nagging me to drink and eat at every opportunity, bless him he even applied a blister dressing to a rather large blister at the 20 mile point. Some of the members of the support crew took turns to join me and keep me company for a few miles, there weren’t many miles when i was on my own! After 3 unscheduled stops for live radio interviews and a rather surreal 10 minutes when a lady asked me to pose for a photo with her dogs, i found myself about 30 minutes behind my plan at 5.30pm but after a 10 hour day thats not too bad!
At the 39 mile point i was escorted from Black Park through a side gate to Pinewood Studios where i was joined by a small team of Pinewood Staff and some of my support crew. We enjoyed a lap of Pinewood Studios, soaking up as much atmosphere as possible, until we rounded the last corner where I joined my wife and children and young Oliver Ball (a Make A Wish recipient) who was dressed in his very own Biker Scout outfit. We all ran the last 100 meters together and crossed the finish line to cheers and a huge confetti cannon which had been made by the Jurassic World 2 crew. It was done, Make A Star Wars wish was over.
I had invited Oliver as i was really moved by the story which i had read here: https://youtu.be/ZEy5biRLqnE and i really wanted to give him a second wish. The community really rallied around and prior to the day all contributed to a huge toy chest full of Star Wars toys to totally spoil him. Oliver was given the VIP treatment around Pinewood Studios and got to see a few things, plus he had a quick photo with a very special Star Wars hero of his.
I was absolutely elated that it was achieved. Delighted that I had smashed my target of £10,000 and so happy that Oliver had had a great day.