Hi, my name is Sam!

 Firstly, I don’t usually smile for pictures unless you catch me in the moment! But I am actually a pretty happy person.

My daughter was diagnosed with autism not long ago, and after a lot of hard work we have a placement for her in a specialist provision. I've gone through all the emotions along the way - disbelief, misunderstanding, sadness, learning and anger. When my wife suggested I get my trainers out for the National Autistic Society I couldn't say no.

So, New York Marathon. One of the most colourful cities on the planet, otherwise known as Hell’s Kitchen, The Big Apple and The City That Never Sleeps. Can you imagine the atmosphere, the sights and sounds?

 

I ran the New York City Marathon at the beginning of November, and I have to share my favourite ten things about doing it with you: 

1. Getting some time with my wife! With busy lives, two kids and two dogs, we rarely get any time to ourselves so a weekend in NYC was very appealing indeed.

2. A renewed interest in running. Having run three marathons previously and vowing never to do one again, the chance to do some good for autism seemed a good match and I'm now enjoying it again.

3. It's an opportunity to see all five boroughs of New York from a unique perspective - with my wife heroically navigating the crowds to get to different cheering points!

4. We raised a whole lot of cash for a cause close to our heart and enlisted some real supporters.

5. I got a new hat! The marathon expo was a great time to pick up a new running cap along with collecting my running number the day before. 

6. We managed to fit in a Disney show while wandering around Times Square - bonus!

7. Getting to meet up with the National Autistic Society team, enjoying a meal together the night before and some well earned drinks the day after. We really did feel part of a bigger team for this.

8. Crossing the finish line and being handed a big chunky medal, you know you've done it then.

9. The crowds. Wow, New York showed out! Signs, cheering my name, music... they say it's the world's biggest block party and it really was.

10. The memory and sense of achievement. I'm going to remember this weekend for the rest of my life for all the reasons above.

 

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