Before I hand over to DGB I just wanted to thank everyone who turned up and ran with me. YPH is a special club full of humble people. Exactly the reason why it means so much to me. It was also great to see the welcome we gave to friends from Acorns and Knavesmire. Enough from me, over to the maestro with the pen.
In a word, Invictus.
Yep, over 30 Happy Harriers, and guests, ran with the noblest of men. Wife to be and daughter, beamed with love and pride. I can’t express my admiration for Simon on his fantastic journey. Instead I recall a poem. A poem about strength and courage. A poem about Simon and the challenges he will face. Read, enjoy and get yourself on his JustGiving site. Here goes:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
Simon, I salute you.