What an energetic month it has been for Bay Tree Financial Planning!
On March 25th 2012, Bay Tree Financial Planning teamed up with LaLivre Bookkeeping to take part in the tenth annual, five mile charity race, hosted by Blenheim Palace, in aid of The Oxford Children’s Hospital. Jen Usher (Bay Tree Financial Planning), Sue Frank (Director of LaLivre Bookkeeping), Lisa, Cameron and Victoria collectively became ‘Team LaLivre All Stars’.
The day arrived and we assembled at the starting line, sporting our fantastic team T-shirts produced at very short notice by local company Witney Tees. After much giggling during a fantastic Zumba warm-up, provided by the Oxford Mail, the serious business began. I have to admit to being a little nervous, but secretly quietly confident. Although I hadn’t undertaken any formal training for the race, as a dedicated Jazzercize and Spin attendee, I thought a five mile run would be a doddle. I was a little taken aback when Lisa, who had been seriously training, announced she was hoping to finish in 55 minutes. I’d only added an hours worth of music to my iPod as I expected to be at the finish line within 45 minutes. Wishful thinking!
Raymond Blanc officially started the race and whilst Cameron went on ahead with the boys, I set off with Lisa, whilst Sue and Victoria sensibly held back to walk the route. My intentions to keep pace with Lisa soon diminished and I fell back after a mile. It dawned on me that this wasn’t going to be as easy as I had thought! It was a hot day, which made tackling the hills even more challenging. The scenery was fantastic though, and I kept catching sight of the brave man in green speedos enroute, which made me chuckle.
Even though a chronic stitch at mile four brought me to walking pace for half a mile, I finished in a respectable 55 minutes. The times, and positions for ‘Team La Livre All Stars’ as reported in the Oxford Mail on March 27th were (out of 852 participants):
Position 407 = Lisa Bryant at 0:47:57
Position 420 = Cameron Watkins at 0:48:19
Position 599 = Jennifer Usher at 0:55:00 (I did actually go under the line just as the clock changed to 55mins, which I feel is important to note!)
Position 850 and 851 = Susan Frank and Victoria at 1:35:16
Susan and Victoria were delighted to discover that they weren’t last. One other person came in after them at 1:40:55!
Bay Tree raised £275, contributing to a team total of £763. Our generous contributors provided us with the ninth highest team total in the race, so I must say a massive thank you to my sponsors: Ben Molyneux, Carol Fagg, Sarah Foster, Kirsten Hanlon, Anne Phillips, Gail Mabbott, Victoria Churchill, Ben Bowyer, Abbie Moore, Katie Ould, Karen Paine, Anne Mason, Dave Ashman, Neil Jones, Janette John, Gail Mabbott, Vicki Gray, Danielle Foord and Steph Bennett. Also thank you to a very generous anonymous donator.
Despite its challenges, I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the run. There was a fantastic atmosphere and I am thrilled that we raised such a huge amount for such a worthy local charity. As a perfectionist, I have to confess to being more than a little disappointed with my time. Next time, I will be better prepared. Training will commence well in advance and next year, well, I will be shaving minutes off this years’ time. Watch this space…