Phumzile Sikakana talks about part two of her Triple Half Marathon Challenge.
“Last Sunday 22nd of September I ran the Macc-Fest Half Marathon in Macclesfield marking two-thirds of the way through my triple half marathon journey, and it was a hilly one! Although I didn’t manage to get a personal best, I was the 33rd woman across the finish line.
We climbed more than 260 meters of elevation over the 13.1-mile route! Even though the course was much more grueling than my first race I knew what to expect. I focused on pacing myself which made the last 3 miles of hill climbing back into Macclesfield more manageable than I had anticipated. The people cheering on the streets and copious amount of jelly babies gave me the motivation I needed to push on. At just over halfway we were rewarded with amazing views of the Jodrell Bank Observatory in the distance and a well earned downhill section.
As I came back onto the racetrack to finish all I could think about was the reason why I was running. The temporary pain and discomfort I was feeling, was nothing compared to what a person and their family goes through after a cancer diagnosis. The reason I am pushing myself to run 3 half marathons in 6 weeks, is to help raise funds to enable cancer patients and their families get the support they need in their most difficult moments. Just like the crowd of friendly faces that spurred me on while I was struggling on the streets of Macclesfield.
So far, I have raced 26.2 miles in 3 weeks (not including all the miles training!) and the end is in sight. My final race is in Manchester on the 13th of October where I will be chasing down a personal best of sub 1:45!”
But before the next race, ApconiX will be hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning at Alderley Park. On the 26th of September there will be a large selection of treats on offer and a chance to have a coffee and chat with the other Alderley Park residents. Come down to Cafe 23 from 10:30am to join in the fun!
Everyone at ApconiX would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has donated so far. If you haven’t already, please donate via our link below to help get me and my legs through my last half marathon of the challenge!
To find out more about the charity visit https://www.macmillan.org.uk/
Update: Our preferred Charity has changed to The Joshua Tree.