Last night some of the Firefly team completed their 2nd Race for Life in Battersea Park to raise money for Cancer Research UK (along with another 3,000 people). Dressed in bright pink with flashing antennae, and with soggy and muddy trainers from the rain, we gathered together for photos and attached our race numbers (there are now no safety pins left in the First Aid box). Luckily, the rain stopped and the weather brightened up when we reached the start. We all gave the running a go, but we weren’t quite up to Paula Radcliffe’s standard, she shot past us when we were at the 2k marker and she was on the home stretch already! It was a very moving event – in every sense. Battersea Park was a great place to run and when we finally crossed the finish line there was a very impressive picnic waiting for us, along with a much needed glass of wine or two.
Thanks to everyone who supported us this year, we beat our fundraising target and if you’re feeling charitable there’s still time to sponsor us.
After our successful fundraising last year, the Firefly team are again doing our bit for charity and are joining thousands of women across the UK in Race for Life. Similar to last year, we have entered the Battersea Park event on the 18th May and hope to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK and burn a few calories.
We’ve signed up together, with some of us running and others walking, but we’ll all meet in the pub at the end for a well deserved drink. We’ve got a Firefly sponsorship page, where you can help us raise money for this great cause. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and spur us on to the end.
Yesterday evening at approximately 7.30pm, Firefly joined 5,000 women to take part in Cancer Research’s Race for Life in Battersea Park in support of a great cause. I’m happy to report that we all managed to reach the finish line: as an average, we did 5K in 41 minutes, with the top runner clocking in at an impressive 24 minutes.
We have plenty of fond memories of the night.
After turning on our glow-in-the-dark Firefly antennae and doing an aerobic warm up (which some managed better than others), we took our places near the starting line. The atmosphere was definitely one of the highlights: there were so many women of all ages running, which motivated us all to keep up the pace. My specially-created “Race for Life” playlist pounding in my ears also helped keep me going until the end.
Afterwards, we staggered into the pub across the road (clutching our well-deserved medals) to treat ourselves to a celebratory drink or two. More photos were taken, this time with a lot more flushed cheeks. Some of us took a little longer to find the pub than others, as my lack of direction caused some colleagues and I to walk another 5K just trying to find the park exit!
Thank you to everyone who sponsored us: we smashed our £250 target and every pound donated spurred us on to fly across the finish line. It may have been an unusual way to spend a birthday, but it definitely made it memorable. This morning there are a few groans around the office and we are all a little stiff, but it hasn’t stopped some of us from researching other running opportunities in the near future. The marathon next year, perhaps? Never say never.
This Wednesday (26th May) Firefly is rallying together to raise money for Cancer Research UK by running in a Race for Life. This is the largest female-only fundraising event in the UK and we are determined to raise money for this brilliant cause and reach the finish line. We are taking part in the Battersea Park event in the early evening, when hopefully, temperatures won’t be too scorching!
It also happens to be my 22nd birthday that day, so what better way to celebrate than getting all red faced and sweaty with my fellow Fireflies? Hopefully there will be cake and perhaps a strong drink at the end.
Some of us are choosing to attempt the 5K distance head on, while others are taking a more relaxed way to fundraising by enjoying a gentle stroll. Please look out for us – we will all be distinguishable as fireflies, as we head through the park sporting our flashing ‘head boppers’.
We have set up asponsorship pageand all the money we raise will go to the charity to fund research into beating cancer. Wish us luck!
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