On Sunday 21st April 2013 it will be TEN YEARS to the day that I did something silly and ran the London Marathon. Since then I’m older, uglier, have given birth twice, gone back to work full-time and life is ‘stressy’ shall we say. BUT during those ten years two more things happened that changed my life forever even more so.. 1) I lost my wonderful Brother Stephen to Bowel Cancer …2) My Brother John SURVIVED Bowel Cancer…and this is why next year I shall be running for Beating Bowel Cancer!
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Go Trish 'AGAIN'
So my boss says to me today “where’s your next blog Trish?”
and before I can retort he has already reminded me that I’m yet to ‘start
training’….insinuating that I have nothing to blog about therefore.
I have been in fact mulling over an idea these last few
days, a thought that has been gathering pace in my head so much so that I just
have to throw it out there and get it over and done with.
So here it is: What is going to be ‘my thing’? - I have to have a ‘thing’.
A ‘thing ‘I hear you say? What is she going on about?
Well for those of you 10 years ago who came out in your
droves to support me (via the City Pride
pub in Isle of Dogs naturally)… you will know what I mean. ‘Go Trish’ was
daubed over everyone’s t-shirts, all the wonderful friends and family alike who
came to support me that day.The banner
created for me was so big (but certainly not as big as the one draped over the
top of our pub at the time I might add!) that you almost felt someone quite
important was about to come running past. They weren’t – it was just me.Such was your overwhelming (by that I mean
LOUD) support on the day that the BBC could not help but take notice of you
all. Cue a rather random interview of you mad lot during the live marathon
coverage where you decided to tell the Reporter I was running injured and raise
their interest further. Then followed a weird
‘Anneka Rice’ moment for me (without the pert bottom) where I was suddenly
converged upon by the BBC camera crew as I exited the tunnel approaching the
City Pride...sweaty, tired, make-up free (thanks a lot) and looking less than
classy to be faced with a ‘live on the spot’ interview for the BBC.
There are so many amazing things about ‘that moment’ none
more so though then the fact that my Brother Stephen (for whom I shall be running next year’s Marathon) was sitting in
his little house in Germany watching the Marathon coverage only to be suddenly
faced with a screen full of familiar faces. If you knew Stephen you would know
how excited this made him. He couldn’t be there, yet ‘somehow’ you brought it
all to him via the medium of television and the fact you are all gob-shites! He was ecstatic – telling everyone that his
Little Sister was there on the telly being interviewed along with all his friends
and family. Marvellous.
So ten years later so many things have changed, especially
and painfully that Stephen is not with us now. It also turns out that the City
Pride has closed down (a victim of the Docklands property development – boo BIG
hiss!) and it occurs to me – what do we do now? I’ve joked about bringing out
your old t-shirts and just adding the word ‘again’ on them – I’m simply stunned
by just how many of you actually kept them. The creation of rather large
banners has been touted once more. I
feel the early twinges of excitement building...I know you all well…I know you’ll
be amazing on the day!
However, on the back of the Olympics I see more
possibilities though...I want ‘a thing’. Mo Farrah has the ‘Mobot’, Usain his ‘Bolt’ of
course…what can mine be? The ‘Trishster’ perhaps? (yes Anna, I know this term
for me belongs to you - but you’d still have to find me a ‘move’ to accompany
it). I just don’t know what it could be? I’m renowned for swigging a glass of
wine given the opportunity, but that’s not quite going to work as I navigate
the Marathon route is it – which is a bit of a shame really.
I thought maybe of doing something that relates in some way
to Beating Bowel Cancer.So that just
conjures up ‘bums’ and I’m not sure if I can pull off a Beyonce-esque
bootylicious shaking of my derriere. Hmnnnnnnnnn…
So I’m throwing it out there to you all...give me some ideas
please...create me ‘a thing’. I might even reward you should I pick your idea.
Bottle of Cava anyone?You’re an imaginative lot, so show me what you
can come up with.
We can then bring it out next year in full force and who
knows….maybe it will be BBC coverage ‘round 2’.
Then we have to find ourselves a new ‘City Pride’ to host
your mad cap entertainment. One thing at a time though…