Last Sunday we were out in force cheering on the runners in the Ealing Half Marathon, Josh Gagel takes us through exactly what happened on the morning….
Drums? Bunting? Shouting? A megaphone?
What on earth was going on yesterday outside Ealing Town Hall?
Well of course it was us lot cheering on the half marathon runners!
Despite the dreary weather, the Redeemer family came out in force to support those participating. Despite being somewhat rhythmically challenged I was fortunate enough to be part of the amazing drumming band that encourages the runners as they go past.
Leslie Mailloux, a runner in the half marathon and a part of Redeemer, had this to say
“As I was running up towards the town hall on the 11th mile I could barely feel my legs, but then I heard the drumming in the distance and it spurred me on to finish the race!”
The Redeemer runners did amazing, and we’d love to give them all a shout-out! Well done to Anna Unwin, Hannah Kinning, Jon Flower, Rich Smith, Mark Siburns, Lauren Siburns, Farayi Hobwana, Nicky Cornford, René, Tara Chandler, Bracken Pluckrose and Jess Bugembe. These guys were amazing and if you see them on Sunday then give them a massive pat on the back! (Not too hard though, they might still be a bit sore!)
Kayla Carter, who had a cameo drumming, had this to say
“I’m flipping loving it, the atmosphere is great”
Nico Ofoajoku was drumming but had a bit of trouble with our method of protecting him from the elements.
“Currently I have seen no running because I’m too tall for the gazebo, but nonetheless I am drumming and encouraging everyone”
Toby Elliott clearly had some bias towards a specific one of Redeemer’s runners.
“My favourite part of this is that Mark ran past before Rich”
All in all, a wonderful time was had, as always we were thoroughly impressed by those running, bring on next year, when rumour has it I will be running myself!
- Josh Gagel