I was one of over 1400 runners who took part In the Guiness World Record Breaking relay. We all held and and passed the baton on raising nearly £30,000 for young people in London in the process. It has made me reflect on my life and what baton i will be passing on when my work is done and my days end I hope it might be the baton of love for animals- love that sheds the light of compassion into the darkest places of cruelty. Also the baton of respect for those brave enough to talk about depression and anxiety - bringing understanding and companionship where fear has led so many to suffer in silence behind closed doors. The baton of faith where confidence in the church seems at all time low. Our batons are our legacy, they matter. We might not break many world records but we can all try to break down barriers or prejudice, hatred and stigma. Lets do it!!
On a light hearted note this was the poem I wrote about the relay. Rod was the nickname for the baton!!
Ode to Rod and the relay runners!
Rod's been held by many hands Been passed from friend to friend And though the relay's over The running will not end
We'll run on for the homeless Whose self esteem is low We'll run on if we're speedy We'll run on if we're slow
We'll run to raise awareness We'll run to bring kids hope To give them other options Than gangs and crime and dope
We'll run for those in turmoil Those trapped by mental pain We'll run down their depression, In sun and wind and rain
For we are I move runners And we're a hardy lot We'll run on for our city, Keep giving all we've got
So Rod you broke the record And we're all mega proud An awesome feat of running By a truly awesome crowd