Thursday 8th September 2011 So this is my first time working as a Camps International SDX Team Leader out here in Kenya and wow ‰ÛÒ what a privilege it has been thus far! I‰Ûªm currently writing this on day 18 of our expedition and true to Camp Kenya form ‰ÛÒ everyday has brought new and exciting stories to tell. Luckily for me (and you) I have a very proactive SDX team who are constantly firing blogs left right and centre. I trust you are up to date on these so will continue onto a new topic ‰ÛÒ a topic that we are all still feeling the affects of now… the FUN run!! Back in the UK I rather enjoy the odd morning run often participating in 10ks, half marathons and full marathons – however, the idea of running a FUN run… in Kenya… against a couple of hundred 16-19 year olds soon put me back in my shell! All week we had been promoting the FUN run to students at the 4 schools we have been coaching at. My competitive side wanted the idea of racing 5 miles at 7 in the morning to put off these students (it certainly would in the UK)! However, I was astonished at how relaxed yet keen both the boys and girls were. Even when I landed the bombshell that the bus would pick them up at 6am but nope… no such luck ‰ÛÒ they all came pouring in to the start line first thing this morning with their usual smiles and constant enthusiasm – race ready on race day. After hours of preparation from numerous camps staff, teachers, emergency services and of course my fellow SDXers, the race started promptly at 7:34am… well this is Africa (TIA). As mentioned above, I have competed in a number of running events in my time and without fail, witness the inexperienced few that go off too hard too early and before long, hit the infamous ‰Û÷wall‰Ûª. It was soon apparent to me that this race was no different ‰ÛÒ they shot off the line and were soon on the horizon within minutes. ‰Û÷Foolish‰Ûª I thought at mile 1. ‰Û÷They‰Ûªre gunna regret it ‰Û÷ I tutted at mile 2. ‰Û÷Oh crap‰Ûª I realised at mile 3 by which point there were a sea of heads bobbing up and down as far as the eyes could see ‰ÛÒ ‰Û÷I better put a shift in‰Ûª! I wish I could tell you that I did exactly that and stormed the final few miles to victory. But with the winner running a sub 5minute mile ON AVERAGE I had no chance! [Apologise ‰ÛÒ reading back I realise my competitive side has taken over again… let me conclude in the way I should]. Today was yet another amazing day ‰ÛÒ spirits are high as a number of SDXers (both male and female) took part in a FUN run… in Kenya… in the scorching sun and loved every second of it! Hundreds of school children took part with some lucky enough to win a medal, Team GB Olympic t-shirts and book vouchers to help them continue their studies and achieve their dreams. Today ‰ÛÒ the same as everyday thus far – I am so proud of my team and proud to be part of the SDX expedition. Bring on next year‰Ûªs race… …(of which I will train months in advance for)!! Bournemouth SDX Fun Run Prize Giving JD Bournemouth SDX Team Leader