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The SunWalk – A little bit of paradise

Walk the Walk is becoming as an important part of my children’s lives as it is mine and I’m so very proud of them. Elliot asked me before he went to bed whether men could have breast cancer and I said yes they could and at the event he asked about scalp coolers too.

We dodged the showers (just,) we salsa’d, we jived to Reggae, we ate wonderful food and you Walked the Walk. This is the story of how one mother and son found the day

Elliot with his mum crossing the finish line.

I did the 10k SunWalk yesterday with my son Elliot who is only 10years old and what a day it was. A day for all the family, such a lovely vibe. Guy was taking photos here there and everywhere and I saw Nina wandering round with their daughter. A real family event. Elliot knew what to expect as he’d been to watch me at the Bristol SunWalk and has seen me finish at Moonwalks.

I haven’t been able to do the Moonwalks this year as I’ve gone back to Uni and the course is pretty full on, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to commit to the training. However, 2 weeks ago I couldn’t resist any longer and announced to my family that I was going to enter the Sunwalk. At this point a little voice said could I do that too, Mummy? I explained because of his age we could do up to 10k.

Then there were lots of questions about bras and sponsorship, we read the Q&A pages and we entered. He was so excited and when the pack arrived I must admit I was a bit worried about what he would say when he say the flowery hat and t-shirt, but he loved them and put them on immediately and paraded around the house in them.

He especially liked the pineapple on the front because he loves pineapple to eat. We haven’t had much time to raise sponsorship so he said he would put all the pocket money he has saved to WTW because the people that WTW helped needed it so much more than he did. Well, I needn't tell you that bought such a lump to my throat and my eyes filled, I was so very proud of my son.

The day dawned, we had to get up at 5.30 and he’d had to get up at that time the day before to go with us on a Uni visit for his eldest sister, Abigail. He didn’t moan just put on his t-shirt and hat proudly. When we arrived at Battersea he was raring to go. We went and saw a lot of my forum friends who are like family to me, he recognised all the names, and was so pleased to put faces to names. I think he felt like he knew them already as I’m always talking about them.

Abigail came too, although she wasn’t walking having done a Moonwalk she just wanted to be there. He was so eager to get to the start line and we set off at quite a pace and I thought he was going to flag, but no, he just kept going. He started to realise how far 10k is and what it means to walk a marathon and we had a long chat about that. I explained how important the volunteers were and how we couldn’t do it without them, so he said thank you to all of them when I did.

We got a hug from Adrian and shouted out hello to Joel on route, he loved seeing people I knew from the forum. I told him that he had to be older to walk the full marathon and he said that was ok he’d volunteer then!!!!! Again he’s too young, but he’s so enthusiastic, bless him.

Then he was spotted by a man watching who shouted out, ‘Well done, young man!’ Elliot must a grown about a foot, so very proud of what he was doing. At 8k, we were still going at the same pace, I was amazed and then he said ‘We’re really going to do this Mummy, aren’t we?’

Yes, we did it, Ihr 27minutes and that was with a toilet stop!!! I know it’s not a race, but he wanted to know his time and walk at the same speed as me! As I haven’t walked for a while he wore me out!!!!!! As we walked through the finish line we put our hands in the air, the look on his face said it all. I am so very proud of him, just as I was when Abigail completed the Bristol half marathon when she was 15 years old and the full moon in London last year aged just 16.

Walk the Walk is becoming as an important part of my children’s lives as it is mine and I’m so very proud of them. Elliot asked me before he went to bed whether men could have breast cancer and I said yes they could and at the event he asked about scalp coolers too.

I’m sure with all this knowledge he will spread the name and work of WTW. He’s gone to school with his medal proudly round his neck, bless him. I’m sure he’ll do the full moon one day!

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