Brilliantly well done to all of the club members who pounded out 50/105 miles last week. The response to the rallying call was magnificent and we managed, together, to cover enough miles to win the club prize. £500 for a local charity is our reward as well as our entry fees also helping out numerous other charities.
The diversity was immense. Some blasted out amazing times, some took in some pretty big climbs, others walked, shuffled, tootled – but we were all amazing!
One of the features of the ‘real’ event is to pop £1 – or more – into a bucket at the foot of Tilberthwaite steps, about 3 miles from the finish. This was initially to raise funds for a little boy called Jacob who was undergoing treatment and the tradition has continued on, sadly but proudly, to remember Jacob and become his legacy. Nearly everyone climbed Jacob’s Ladder at the end of their mileage and, again, that took place all over, not just in Sunderland. Some were in Coniston and did the real thing. Many headed to Penshaw steps on Sunday and took the steps to the Monument, popping their toll into the bucket at the top.
After a rotten few months for so many, this event allowed us to join together, much of it virtually, again. It got us out and about, meeting our running buddies and having a goal again. Strollers rock!