|James 'Running Man' Gilson|
Posters by Owens Weddings as
part of their contribution
|James happily posing for|
a passing 'fan'
|James at the Pettswood 10k|
It was a very wet day!
Spirit Of Running Man Tribute Run
|Orla, (second on right) with her fab registration team!|
|Our fantastic St. Johns Ambulance!|
But kept the route just shy of the A21, as it's quite a busy road. We want to keep safety foremost for all the children that would be taking part. We cut down a path that bought us by two schools and came out by the local park, and then we can bring the runners and walkers through the local housing estate and back to the high street, so in effect cutting the 10k route in half. The finish will be at the Royal British Legion and they can collect a medal, just a small memento of the occasion.
|Walkers and Buggies|
|John Caitling, Chairman of the|
Pettswood Royal British Legion
|Painted by Sarah Buck|
Fired Up Painting and Pottery Studio
We had over 50 donations, the prizes ranged from vouchers from the local food restaurants, hairdressers and barbers, the local bike shop came up trumps with an electric pump. And even Evans Flooring gave us something thing. We had flowers from the 3 shops we have in Pettswood and also another beautiful bouquet from one of the FOTRM who didn't have a business in the High Street, but like all the fans, she had grown up seeing him and wanted to give.
Other people who had moved from the area and had business started to contact me with gifts and prizes to be added to the ever growing list. So you can see why I put the word 'organising' in inverted commas. It was the fan page that had actually organised everything, I was the go to person. What a fantastic feeling it is being part of a community that recognises something extraordinary in just one person, and want to show it! Computer techs and photographers, reflexolists and candle makers! Bed Post and Personal trainers, Pubs, bakerys, gift shops and drycleaners, even a solicitor gave a hour free as a raffle. And if someon couldn't give something from their business then they improvised, they gave gifts sets of Pimms and a £50.00 gift voucher!
From the very beginning of the day till when the last of the entrants and their families left the R.B.L. I was busy, making sure everything was going ok. Richard had taken the marshals to their posts, and the marshals that hadn't managed to get to the walk throughs the weekend before, were quickly told what to do and where to be.
Registration for the entrants was from 9 o'clock till about 9:30 then once that was all done we all walked through the high street where all those fantastic businesses are, some of who were opened on a Sunday, and can see just how many people were taking part! It felt like a celebration, it wasn't a sad occasion, the sad occasion was when Our Running made his last journey through the high street back in April. The fans came and paid their respects to him then, to see his last journey through Pettswood high street.
But this day, this day was different. We were here to remember a man who bought about many smiles to many people, for many years. People chatted and laughed and I am sure spoke to each other about when they first saw the Running Man. There were people with their shirts off, there were mums and dads with their children. The dog walkers were there with the pets. There were even granparents that had come along. This really is an event for all!
Keith Young had gone 'mobile' with his public address system and Richard could give out saftey instructions to everyone. He then handed me the mic. I hadn't written anything down to say, I hadn't really though what I was going to say. The even wasn't about me. But it was good to 'show' everyone who it was behind the FaceBook page, I think someone though it was a chap! But it was good also to introduce the Gilson sisters, now they had things to say.
They said that their dad would have been totally overwhelmed by all that is happening here, but mainly they wanted to say thank you, thank you to all that was here today to remember their dad and to raise money for CRUK and St. Johns Ambulance. Then they gave the 1,2,3 go! and the throng of people started up Southbough high street.
After they all went I walked back to the RBL to check on things there. I wanted to see how the raffle tickets were going. They girls had been extremely busy! In fact they had sold so many I had to change boxes to put all the tickets in. What I had negleted to tell them though, is that all the tickets were to be put in the box separately! But as the girls and guys had been writing their names on just the first ticket and then just putting a line through the rest of them to say they belong to said name, they had to quick write all the names on all the tickets!
These are things I didn't think about, and I was busy helping with them when I heard Keith saying that the first of the runners were coming in! It was manic after that! I tried to get as many tickets ready for the box as I could, all the registration team were now on the 'ticket team!' What would I have done without them! I had to leave them with the tickets though and go down to the finishing line to see them coming in. It was while I was down there that I realised I had left the fantastic finishers medal up stairs. This was one of the many prizes from the fantastic folk we have here and I had to go and get it.
But just those few mishaps and errors, yet no-body complained. In fact everyone though it was a well organised event. Considering we had everything sorted within a couple of months then really, I was a brilliantly organised event! But still, after everyone had gone, I had sat with my sister and her boyfriend and my friend and just burst out cyring! It was an emotional day! One that I truly loved being part of, and I will feel honoured to be the 'Go to person' again next year!
Mike took some great footage of the event, and it can be found here. I think he managed to capture the atmosphere of the day! There are many more photos that can be seen on the running man page which you can see by clicking here
Here are just a few more pictures of the event, more can be seen on the FaceBook page Fans of The Running Man,
|It's all all to the pumps, ok, just blow up the ballons!|
|The queue starts!|
|This way please!|
|One of the two charities we were raising funds for!|
|The Gilson Family|
|Our canine friends.|
|The first back! In true Running Man style!|
|Everyone got a medal!|