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Thought people might like to read this about The Cabbage Patch Race 2018 since MDS UK are a beneficiaryDear Cabbage Patch 10 runners/friends/community/volunteers.

Thank you SO much for your incredible kindness and enthusiasm for our race on Sunday.

The reviews you have been writing have just been so very kind and I am so proud to read them yesterday and this morning, thank you so much for taking the time to write them, when you work on something for 12 months the desire for it to go well on the day is so strong.

BOY DID IT RAIN! However, I knew as soon as I named it our SUNSHINE YEAR it would be a curse - but it only made me want to ensure there was sunshine through other elements! I prepared myself for this all year really and knew that whatever happened we would still BRING A LOT OF SUNSHINE to it, because this year was all about honouring Wyn Williams. Thank you for supporting that.

The tops and ribbons of the medal were a sunny yellow to bring Sunshine but also to thank the Stragglers for their marshals on the course by putting it in a colour close their club colours. Keith put together the most amazing marshals as ever, thank you Stragglers so much for your support on the day for Cabbage Patch.

Thank you to my wonderful Bearcats for manning the start and finish areas too - you were all incredible in your SUNNY NATURES even though we got absolutely DRENCHED! It made me laugh really how hard it actually did rain.

I organise this race on my own through the year using the Founders as an amazing sounding board throughout. Then in the last month my great team of men; Mike, Leo, Paul, Keith, Malc and Frank, Simon, Terry, Stuart all play their part helping pull it altogether. These are wonderful - salt of the earth men, who have this race in their blood and DNA. Sport Systems Mark, Elston, Hazel, Alun all do a FANTASTIC job with our entry system, these are also people who have community at their heart and that is why I use them. They are kind, honest people who just graft. Three very key elements to life I suppose and ones that I live by.

Community is one of my passions and through our race we pull together so many local clubs, so many local groups, local parkruns, local families, local businesses and of course those from wider and we love and are so proud of those that come from further afield to take part - community is what matters so very much and through our race we hope to for a couple of hours draw our community together and remember what really matters - people, kindness, support and helping charities that are so incredibly close to our hearts - Clarendon and MDS.

On the course on Sunday we had over 180 people helping in some capacity or other - I went and thanked as many of the Stragglers as I could during their meal in the pub after and tried to catch marshals at the meeting as they came in early too - but please know how much we appreciate your giving your time and remaining so incredibly positive in that rain. You are great people, you are a great community. Someone emailed me on Sunday night and said it was almost like Twickenham was standing in honour of the race as you passed, which was a lovely thing to say.

To our sponsors, I try to give back to you as much as you give us, I love having a personal relationship with all of you and again your support and friendship to me personally is felt so much by me.

I heard something wonderful yesterday - we work so hard in trying to keep the residents happy in the area, really, I leaflet individual houses that are worse affected, I made signs that thanked people for that little bit extra bit of patience BUT YESTERDAY I HEARD THIS - due to really wanting to keep car drivers happy up Strawberry Vale - I heard that my marshals had taken chocolates up there that we had been kindly donated and gave them to the waiting cars as an apology - how wonderful is this. We know we inconvenience a few people for a matter of minutes up there, but I hope this tiny gesture made it easier for them. Whoever had this idea, it was brilliant. Thank you Bearcats.

Finally, thank you for listening and cheering at our MDS Awareness Raiser song - for me this is very much another strand of who I am, like Cabbage Patch, it is in my blood ....


Caitlin Limmer
Race Director/Organiser - Cabbage Patch 10
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The MDS UK Patient Support Group is affiliated with the UK MDS Forum, the foremost UK specialists organisation focused upon MDS, providing information and advice on the status and progress with MDS research and treatment in the UK, as well as the MDS Foundation, Inc, based in the USA. The MDS UK Patient Support Group is also supported by major pharmaceutical companies and other organisations.

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