Team Jackie ran it’s 5th Bath Half on Sunday 12th March. It feels like only yesterday that I ran my first half-marathon – not that my body would agree! With 75 runners in the Half Marathon, and more in the family Fun Run, it was another amazing day. Bath has become the team’s spiritual home, and Jackie’s smiling face once again filled the streets of Bath. And our many supporters cheered the runners on creating an inspiring atmosphere. As you can see from the last year’s photos, it was a really great day – click here for photos.
The weather cleared up for us and our runners performed brilliantly. Natasha Tanner finished as the fastest female in the fun run and we had 3 runners completing the half in under 1 hour 30 minutes! Particular congratulations to Freddie Unwin who finished 173th out of over 15000 runners – in 1 hour 21 mins! Every Team Jackie runner finished in very respectable times, and it was great to see the next generation start to assume the mantle!
We all met at Bath Rugby again before and after the run, which made it a very special day. The team spirit is so inspiring, with new team members and our stalwarts all blending seamlessly into one amazing team. I would like to thank the 7th Rifle Battalion who joined the ranks of Team Jackie this year – what a fantastic contribution they made and I’m delighted to say that they are planning on returning for a second tour!
I would like to say another massive thank you to Boswell’s Cafés (and Nick Burn, who also ran) for the fantastic generosity and unfailing support for this event; and fundraising for pancreatic cancer. They have donated the food to Team Jackie at Bath every year – this is the fifth time. I don’t need to tell those of you who have run it before how amazing the food is, especially the tomato and basil soup and hot baguette, which is worth 13 miles on it’s own – well almost! Definitely worth visiting Boswells café when next passing Boswells.
I would also like to thank Stuart Galise and his colleagues from PhysioImpulse in Bath for donating their time and expertise to Team Jackie again this year. And to Patricia Marlar who worked alongside them. They were totally amazing at restoring our broken bodies and stayed until they had sorted every last runner! By the time they had finished, I think they were more exhausted than most of the runners! They give their time and service for free, Thank you so much! If you live near Bath and need a treatment of some sort, definitely get in touch with PhysioImpulse.
We have already raised over £16k, well on our way to our £20k target and our total fundraising to date for pancreatic cancer research currently stands at a mind-blowing £259k! Having raised the original £150k required to fully fund our research project at The University of Manchester under the direction of Professor Caroline Dive, Team Jackie is now looking to raise another £150k to fund the next phase of research. We now therefore need to raise just a further £41k, and I’m hoping that this year we will get very close!
Team Jackie make several appearances on this years official Bath video (click here). If you haven’t already seen it, I definitely recommend watching this incredibly moving video about Team Jackie and it’s very first Bath Half – generously produced for us by Changing Horizons. Have a quick look at this if you want to get a sense of what an amazing experience running (or cheering) for Team Jackie is at Bath!