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#family friday

Bridget's motivation to push herself to the limit and run an incredible 170 miles in less than two weeks was her three-year-old daughter Elain.
Little Elain was referred to Tŷ Hafan in January 2011 after being diagnosed with a complicated heart condition and a genetic disorder.

I can't believe I am writing this!
I DID IT! Wow I still feel like I am dreaming! What an amazing experience.

Never in a million years did I expect it would create so much hype and that we would get so much support. I am truly humbled and so proud of my family, friends and my local community. You are all AMAZING :-)

bridgetDay 13 started off with me feeling very nervous. I knew that a lot of people were coming to support by spectating and running with me. There had been a lot of hype and build up towards the end of the challenge and I wasn't sure what to expect. I was also nervous about my legs. I really really wanted to run the whole of the last one without stopping but my legs felt shot to pieces so I would only know how I was going to cope once I got going.

My family had come from all over to support me as a surprise! I hadn't expected any of them but my sister Frances popped up in my house on Friday having travelled all the way from Plymouth. Then on Sat morning I arrived at the bandstand to find my parents and my other sister Nancy sitting around drinking tea and eating chips! A bit later another addition to the surprise was to see my uncle and aunty land on the prom mid run who had come all the way from Northampton! Such a nice surprise!

A nice crowd of runners had gathered once again to help me along my final run. At 1pm off we went one last time. My legs were so stiff, including my left quad which despite hours of stretching and massaging since day 12 still felt like it was going to sieze up and something was going to snap! After 2miles I was really worried it was just going to continue getting worse but put my head down and tried not to think about it. A few miles later it was much less tight, I was so relieved! By half way my other niggle decided to pop up to say hello...remind me not to celebrate just yet!

We carried on plodding, ticking off the miles, passing the Bandstand every time the crowd was growing bigger and bigger every time, it was very exciting. So far during the challenge I had not had rain on one single day and despite the clouds trying their best on Saturday throwing down a few drops it mainly remained dry, it was meant to be!

Soon enough we turned one last time and set of back down the Prom from South Beach. This was it...the end, my 170th mile over 13 days, it felt amazing :-)

Once we had passed the pier the group let me go ahead to finish a few steps ahead and run through the ribbon being held by my mum and dad.

What an incredible feeling, very surreal but totally amazing.

I have so many people to thank. Mainly my husband Gareth for being so patient this last two weeks and basically giving up his easter holidays for me. My family for being so supportive as always. Shan Lawson for providing me with exceptional physiotherapy for the duration of the challenge including the training period. Also Michele at the Sports Centre for post run massages. Mark Colbourne and Lowri Morgan for joining me on day 2 and helping raise the profile of the appeal and challenge and last but not least every single person who turned up to run and cycle along with me and also all those who have posted messages and made donations to the cause - DIOLCH!!!

I haven't yet had the chance to tally up all the donations but can safely say that the total amount for ApelElain for this year currently stands in excess of £8,000 with approximately £6,500 of this total being raised from 13in13in13. With more money coming in every day this may well rise even higher in the next few weeks! Fantastic!

I am looking forward to a well earned easy few months but doubt I will stay away from running for long! See you soon out on the roads.

For now I will leave you with a video compilation that has been put together by Gareth with clips from each day - see if you can spot yourself! 

Diolch o Galon 

Bridget xxxxx

Elain underwent heart surgery at just three-months-old and spent five months in hospital. Elain now has a good quality of life but it is only a matter of time before her condition deteriorates.


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