When I first set out to raise a quarter of a million and compete in a thousand races for Macmillan Cancer Care it seemed an almost impossible thing to do, an impossible dream.
That dream is now turning into a distinct possibility as I am well over the halfway mark and have managed to do 861 marathons, half-marathons, 10 milers, 10ks.
And it’s all down to the great help I’ve had from so many people. They are too numerous to mention but here are just a few I feel have been great.
Radio Sheff, Radio Hallam, and of course everyone at The Star, where my pram has its own parking place!
Many people ask, when I’m out with my pram, what drives me on in the snow rain wind hail and blow? My answer is always the same: the dream of reaching a quarter of a million for Macmillan, and an image of a little girl who some years ago put some money in my bucket. I gave her an high five with my big foam hand and her little face was a picture. Her dad told me she was five-years-old and suffering from leukaemia. That, I’m not ashamed to say, made me cry and whenever I have a bad day I think of that little girl and her smile and it drives me on.
I have met many famous people and I say this from the bottom of my heart: we have here in Sheffield some of the best if not the best people in Yorkshire. I know because I have met so many of them.
I am certain that I will get the quarter of a million for Macmillan. The great support from our great citizens in Sheffield will see to that. You will be seeing me out with my green wig, 50-year-old vintage pram next year. That’s a certainty.
To everyone at The Star and our great police force who look after me and give me so much support, thank you so much. But most of all, thank you to our great people here in Sheffield on behalf of myself and Macmillan thank you.
Have a great and and prosperous New Year.
See you all in 2012.
Superjohn, Sheffield’s Mad Walker With The Pram (and proud of it)