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Over the moon

George's story

The atmosphere was amazing and the support from the crowd was out of this world.

George, a person we support
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George lives in supported living

Last week I took part in the Bristol Half Marathon. I enjoy sport, and I play for two football teams, but I’d never run a half marathon before. I wanted to challenge myself.

In the two weeks before the race, I got lots of good training in and ran some long distances. I did a lot of running on the Downs. Once I ran from where I live in Bishopston all the way to Kingswood.

A man wearing a medal

When the day of the race arrived, I felt a mix of emotions. I was nervous because I wasn’t sure how I was going to get on, but I was excited to be doing something new. I could feel adrenaline rushing through me.

The race itself was really good. The atmosphere was amazing and the support from the crowd was out of this world. There were music stations throughout the course. Hearing the sounds coming from them helped me to stay positive and motivated.

I felt a sense of relief when I crossed the finish line – I’d completed my first half marathon! My aim was to finish in less than one hour and 50 minutes and I did it – my time was 1:47. I was over the moon!

Completing the race has given me so much confidence. I’ve entered a 5km race near Bath to help me build up my speed, and I might enter the Bristol Half Marathon again next year.

If anyone who receives support from Milestones is thinking of running the Bristol Half Marathon in the future, I’d say go for it. You might feel nervous if you’re doing it for the first time, but the atmosphere is incredible and you’ll get unbelievable support from the crowd.

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