When my wife and I started running over 10 years ago, before we discovered the joys of off-road, we used to run a particular 10K out and back route along local roads. This morning, for my daily 10K I decided to go back to that old route. The careful run yesterday evening paid off because I felt good even though I set off just before 5:00 AM.
As I passed Robin Hood School (Yes, Robin Hood really is the name of a village between Wakefield and Leeds) I noticed this yellow box on the wall and discovered it was a public access defibrillator, just like the sort for which I am raising money. I couldn’t resist the selfie to show everyone what one looks like and what’s displayed on the outside to tell people what to do in the event they need to use the device. As well as purchasing the equipment, it needs to be connected to power (to keep it charged) and it needs to be regularly serviced by a professional, hence the estimated £2,000 price tag.
Early morning is a good time to go road running because no one else is about and it can be quite surreal running though usually busy places. One thing to beware though, there is a particular breed of motorists (suitable adjectives are not unsuitable for a family audience) who believe that speed limits don’t apply to them at that time in the morning and plough through 30 and 20mph zones at 60! If one of these guys hit you, you would need more than a defibrillator to save you.
“So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.” Romans 7:12 NIVUK
Richard is running 10K every day during June, to raise money for a public access defibrillator to be situated at Rothwell Baptist Church. To sponsor him and make a donation, please visit his Just Giving Page.