After weeks of training, the JCI London Hot Pink Ladies (Mehnaz Siddiqui, Soraya Bowen, Sofie Sandell and Alexandra Illsley) took part in the 5K Race for Life on 17th July at Hyde Park. Upon arrival, a sea of pink greeted the participant as over 11,000 women of all ages had gathered to run in aid of Cancer Research UK…..along with a few dogs dressed in pink tutus! Many women had their reasons for running printed on message cards on their backs and it was quite poignant reading the inscriptions dedicated to loved ones who had been lost to the disease.
The ladies started off with an energetic group warm up (not an easy feat on a Sunday morning!) and were separated into runners, joggers and walkers. As they were in the runners group they were first to the starting line and as soon as Jamie Theakston gave the signal, off theh ladies went! They were hoping that the weather would be kind but shortly after the start the heavens opened and the rain gave everyone a good soaking. Fortunately Sofie had bought some waterproof ponchos so our ladies got off quite lightly compared to some of the other runners. I think the ladies in the shower caps had the right idea….
In spite of the torrential rain, spirits remained high as the ladies were cheered on by the public and the volunteers who stood at every kilometre along the route. Part of the way through the ladies got separated but after 35 minutes, they saw the last 500m sign and sprinted towards the finishing line. The ladies were handed a silver medal that is handed out to all the runners who complete the course, not to mention the pink goody bag full of treats! After meeting up with the others, they all headed off to the pub to enjoy a well earned lunch and to celebrate their achievement with their JCI colleagues which was a great way to end the day.
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This post was written by Sofie Sandell