Earlier today, I saw something great.
I was visiting the Rat Race Run at Burghley House, Stamford. At this run, thousands of people run 20 miles, off-road, over the world’s largest assault course.
It is gruelling. Made particularly difficult by the worst obstacles being saved for the last ‘sprint’ of the run. Here’s a particularly challenging one:
My wife and I watched a hundred or so people attempting this on their own, or helping each other to get up and over this obstacle. Really good people would help a couple of others and then be pulled up by those they helped and carry on. Most people needed only a little physical support.
Then something great happened.
Another runner (whose name I later learned is Adam Luck), arrived at the base of the obstacle and began helping others up. When asked if he wanted help, he said “no, this is my favourite bit, I’ll be here a while”.
Adam helped many people up the obstacle, giving them instructions on where to put their feet and to ‘lean into the wall’. Some (accidentally) kicked him right in the face in the process.
Many would have stopped at this point with good reason, but Adam continued.
A group of three ladies in particular are very glad that he did.
Watch the video below, you’ll see the third of the three ladies, nearly in tears when she arrived at the obstacle, and almost ready to give up. Adam patiently captures her attention, gives instructions, and helps her to overcome the obstacle. It was incredibly moving, and people watching nearly shed a tear.
So many people crossed the finish line and felt an enormous sense of achievement. Some ran it ‘alone’, but those that ran as groups and helped each other, felt an even greater sense of achievement when finishing.
Adam in particular knew he’d get ten times more enjoyment by being great – providing mental and physical support to those that needed it, at the most difficult time to provide it.
It’s a good reminder that any ways in which we can help others through our work and personal lives is always worthwhile.
Well done to all of the runners, and particularly to Adam Luck. Adam, if you see this please get in touch, I’d like to buy you a well-earned beer.