View from behind a race-number

To the supporters at the start celebrating with us as we set off,

To all the plentiful cheery stewards with your relentless smiles,

To the strangers along the way reading our names from our bibs,

To the children with your posters and high-fives and bright eyes,

To the old man clanging the brass bell on his porch as we stream by,

To the marshals holding the traffic and guiding us,

To the Church band and high-fiving vicar with your prayers,

To the person who says gently “good cause” on seeing your charity vest,

To the residents with drinks and jelly-babies,

To the peole with numb tingling hands, who can’t stop clapping,

To the organisers and the priceless time you give,

To the strangers mid-way, smiling and connecting with our eyes as we pass,

To the campanologists and your glorious full-peal,

To the people on the bikes who we think we’ve seen miles back,

To the bands and DJs, especially the samba bands and the spring you give,

To the people in deck-chairs, duffle-coats scarves and mittens; staying a while longer,

To the first-aiders with your outstretched dobs of Vaseline,

To the drinks-givers concentrating so hard to reach but not fumble,

To those who help a stricken runner in their exhaustion and pain, and their disappointment,

To the strangers in the final stretch, blurring into a haze but still heard,

To the stewards with the goody bags and blankets and the steadying hands,

To the medal givers, delight afresh for each one of us.


Thankyou so much; you may never know how much you do.


About johntleeds

In amongst the perpetual juggling of work, family and things on my mind, this is MY time, MY escape. Any this is what my mind comes up with when it has time to wonder, as I wander on the trails... twitter @johntleeds
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One Response to View from behind a race-number

  1. hannilou1 says:

    Reblogged this on Cakes and Cardio and commented:
    Very well said…

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