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Special Olympics Unified Mile 2019

An excited group of members representing our three different social clubs joined together for a trip of a lifetime to London for the Westminster Mile on Sunday 26th May.

 

After an early start at the Boughton Centre we were on the road by 7:30am. Some careful navigation through the centre of London was needed before we eventually found our reserved parking space on the Mall, very close to Clarence House. A short walk past Buckingham Palace to Green Park collecting T-Shirts and race numbers and we were ready to go.

 

Everyone was excited to be part of the first ever Special Olympics Unified Mile, one of 36 different runs during the day. The excitement reached fever pitch as Sir Mo Farah came over to greet us on the start line and shake hands with some of our group.

 

Then the waiting was over 5 .. 4 .. 3 .. 2 .. 1 and we were off!

 

The crowds were cheering and the fast runners hit the front with the rest of us jogging, walking, pushing wheelchairs, laughing, smiling, waving and high 5-ing members of the public. We made new friends on the way and all made it to the finish line in good spirits.

 

Everyone received a well-deserved finishers medal as a souvenir and there were more high 5s before we made our way back hungrily to the Special Olympics tent for our picnics. More fun and games with the Special Olympics team, a chat with their GB ambassador Jim Carter (Mr Carson in Downton Abbey) and a multi gold winning Special Olympic cyclist Kiera Byland finished the day off with yet more highs.

 

This epic day was screened live by the BBC TV throughout the weekend and had 10,000 participants across all 36 different events.

 

Our team had an unforgettable day and are extremely grateful to everyone who made it possible for them to take part.