I felt terrible this morning as I woke the house up at 6am on a Sunday to make our way to Bluewater for me to take part in Tommys Baby Race again this year. It was a wonderfully sunny morning and the promise of a trip to the playground and the Lego shop at Bluewater was enough for them to forgive me.
This will be my third year of competing in this race and I love every minute of it.
We arrived to the lovely ladies from Baby Sensory putting on a warm up for the toddlers. Number four was to interested in the balloon man to take part but number five loved the bubbles and beach ball throwing!!
To warm up the Mums and Dads the super energetic Buggfit leader took to the stage and gave us all an upbeat, fun warm up, and my husband and children always find their massively uncoordinated mother hilarious to watch!
Once the warm up was complete it was time to make our way over to the start line. The route had changed this year and it was to complete six laps of the beautiful lake. This was better for the children as there were bubble machines and music on the way round plus lots of ducks to spot. I also found it an easier course too, which can’t be bad.
I’m not sure how long it took me to complete the course as I was trying to keep number four from getting in the way of the start as we set off but I was over the moon to come in second place and receive a much appreciated goodie bag, voucher for my place to spend at Bluewater and best of all a much needed complementary bottle of water.
I take part in this race for so many reasons. Firstly as it is for a wonderful charity that brings hope to so many families out there. I like to hope that the money I raise each year will go to helping more people during times that I can’t even begin to imagine being in. It is a real day out for all the family and whilst I am taking part the children can play in the playground and take a walk around the lake looking for fish and feeding the ducks. My husbands favourite part of the day is going into the fantastic shopping centre and getting a big breakfast which is his reward for the early start!
There are still several Baby Races being put on by Tommys across the county this year if anyone feels like joining in after reading this post, or I would be more than happy for some company when I take part again next year.