Today is Global Running Day so today I pledged to run 1 Mile for someone who inspires me.
There wasn't a huge box to type in all the people who inspire me, but at least I have my blog.
People who make a positive difference for others
Whether it is part of a big campaign, a charity, a movement, or just individuals who do something to help others.
In my life there have been certain points where people have made a difference in my life.
The teachers who encouraged me to organise mass participation events, my employers who supported me through community engagement opportunities, which eventually meant a change of career.
Meeting inspiring individuals, who run charities, who have set up events, some of these events have remained small, other have become huge national events, but all have helped to make a difference.
People only ever do what they know, if we know more we can do more.
My own 1Small-Step was born out of watching so many individuals completing their own challenges. The back of the pack runners who plod their way around the course, they are out there running much longer than those who come in first. I thought if they can do these amazing things then so can I.
I have written before about how I struggled in 2018, and how my wife managed to stop me from falling - 'I've got you' - simple words but they mean I am still here to ramble on in my blog.
To share those words and my story with fellow runners at events like MoRunning, and then have strangers just come up and thank me was humbling. I hope that I can in my way just help to make a difference to someone.
So to everyone who has been part of my life journey, we may not have met personally, sometimes I was just the bloke on the finish line with the microphone, thank you.
Thank you for whatever you have done to make a difference.
After 24 years of helping others to achieve their running goals - it is now my time.