I was really touched to be able to put a glow stick in my decorated sandbag (instead of lighting lanterns), it made me feel quite emotional and when we ran through the gate onto the racecourse proper I had tears in my eyes as I saw that someone had placed many of these bags on the bank to spell out HOPE.
As a relatively fast jogger (as you ask, yes, I did it sub 30 minutes, ok by a few seconds, I admit) I cheered on every other lady on the course. There until the bitter end, shouting and cheering the last of the walkers over the finish line. While I was there I met a lovely chap whose wife and 2 best friends were running for their friend who had been battling cancer and who had passed away only that morning. Gosh, it brings your life into perspective when you talk to people. So much to be grateful for.
p.s. we did retrospectively fundraise and hit our modest target within 48 hours!
Image courtesy of Cancer Research website