Conquering the Canberra Times Marathon
Raj recently completed the Canberra Times Marathon and raising almost $2700 for Camp Quality. Here is his story…
The day started out at 0400 with a very early breakfast, just enough time to digest it fully ahead of this morning’s 0625 race start!
The race started precisely on time at 0625, and I found myself some way back in a pack of runners 1300 strong! I managed to scramble my way to the 4 Hour Pacer (Pacers are experienced runners, who help others by keeping a constant pace for the long race – they perform the service voluntarily which is really wonderful). I stuck with the Pacer for the best part of 30kms, after which my leg muscles well and truly started to fatigue and I dropped back a few minutes.
The final 12kms was very challenging, with the last 5kms being incredibly challenging. By this time most people around me had begun to walk and resisting the temptation to join them was tough. The only thing in my mind which ultimately got me through, was thinking of the support my sponsors had given me to raise much needed funds for Camp Quality, and that the pain I was feeling was really nothing compared to that felt by the children and families I was raising awareness for. Families like Jess', Jessye's, Georgia's and others who I had read about in the weeks leading up to the event. The strength and resilience they exude is simply inspirational and we can all learn a thing or two from their positive outlook on life.
I ended the Marathon with a finishing time of 4hrs 13mins 3secs, which I’m really happy with.
But far more importantly, my sponsor's generous contributions ultimately amounted to almost $2,700 which made us the top fund raisers for Camp Quality and 5th for all Australian Running Festival Fundraisers overall. This was a great achievement which those who provided me their support, should all feel incredibly proud of.
Lastly, thanks to my darling wife Sangita for being my cheer squad on the day and a steadfast pillar of support during training, which all-in-all lasted for 19 weeks and 572kms run.
We cannot thank Raj enough for his hard work and dedication to Camp Quality!
About Camp Quality
Camp Quality’s purpose is to create a better quality of life for every child living with cancer in Australia.
The services we provide for children (0-13 years) living with cancer and their families help create a better life by building optimism and resilience throughout each stage of their cancer journey. Our programs are Australia-wide: we have an office in every state and territory.
Right from diagnosis, throughout treatment, and in remission or bereavement, our programs support the whole family; at hospital, at home, back at school, and out in the comunity.