Earlier today, on route to a duck feeding session with Miss Cox at Shoeburyness Park we had a detour to the end of our road to give encouragement to the runners in the Southend Half Marathon.
This cast my mind back some 10 years ago when I tackled the Southend Half Marathon. All the runners will have had their own reasons for tackling the 13.1 mile course and the gruelling heat with vast sums raised for good causes in the process. They were an inspiration, each and every one of them.
I was shocked to learn this evening that one of the runners died at the finish line after completing the course. My sincere condolences and thoughts this evening are with the friends and family of the inspirational runner.