ETL has been running for ten years. The Surrey Badger half marathon was our first ever event and in those days was run from Leatherhead Leisure Centre. For many of you, Badger was your first half marathon. We are honoured that many of those who ran Badger as their first half-marathon came back to celebrate our very last with us.
We learned many things over the last ten years. Notable lessons were to attach the marquee sides before we erect it (driving the car under the canopy and standing on the roof was the solution to that particular lesson), never to try and attach tape to cones on a windy aerodrome and check the course has been fully marked out before the race starts not twenty minutes after it has started. For what it's worth - that situation led to Phil being thrown out of a moving van with some cones and an instruction to 'Do Something!' which also led to the cone situation above - boy, that was a busy learning day!!
Of course, Alan and I could never have done this alone. I must thank my team first and foremost for their constant hard work and good humour. Support came from Sussex Sport Photography, Sportsystems, the Surrey Wildlife Trust, the National Trust, Polesden Lacey Infant School, Polesden Lacey, Dunsfold Aerodrome and of course Denbies Vineyard who carry on with the Bacchus Marathon and half (which we urge you to support if you can).
Our fabulous charities, Princess Alice Trust, First Touch Neonatal Unit, Queen Elizabeth Foundation, Headley Court, Combat Stress, Rainbow Trust, Tadworth Children's Trust, Brooklands School, Shooting Star CHASE, Downs Syndrome, Girlguiding Surrey East, British Red Cross, Surrey Wildlife Trust and National Trust.
And very special thanks to all of our fabulous marshals, corralled by Tracy and mostly provided by Girlguiding Surrey East and Run to Live Running Club. Through them, we have been able to support many of their projects in the community. Most of our kit has now been 'donated' to them to help their future causes.
The team still do have a finger in the organisation of the Woodman Five through our shared running club and we would obviously urge you to support this wonderful small, old school race held in May.
May we wish you all the best for the future and hope to see you soon.