On the 25th of September 2021 I took part, with my mum, in the Shine Night Walk around London to help raise money for Cancer Research. There were three walking distance options: 10K, half marathon and full marathon. I wanted to challenge myself so decided to do the full marathon which is 26.2 miles. The start line was at Southwark Park where we joined up with hundreds of other walkers. Everyone was wearing fairy lights and glow sticks to light our way around London. We set off after 9pm and finished just before 6am. Our walking time was 8 hours and 41 minutes and it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done! I’ve never been that tired and achy before but, so far, I’ve managed to raise over £700 which I’m really pleased about (Cancer Research is estimating to raise over £3,000,000 from the whole event). London is very pretty at night, but I certainly won’t be walking 26 miles around it anytime soon!
Hannah (Year 11)