Aching muscles, tired limbs and great big smiles.
They are the lasting reminders of an extraordinary spectacle that will live long in the memory.
We’re sure that many of those who took part in the Race for Life on Sunday will still be feeling a little sore this morning.
But their achievement – and everything it stands for – should more than make up for that.
To all those who signed up for this fantastic event we say well done. And we mean that from the bottom of our hearts.
Putting yourself out there to raise money for a cause of this kind takes commitment, dedication and the kind of community spirit that deserves a round of applause.
We know that many of those who ran, walked, or jogged the course did so because of a very personal reason.
Perhaps a family member or friend has been touched by cancer. Some of those taking part may have been through treatment themselves.
But that didn’t stop them from taking to Southsea Common wearing eye-catching pink.
Together they spurred on all those around them. They were all united in one common aim – to raise money for Cancer Research UK and awareness of the disease which affects so many.
And on Saturday we saw people joining forces to take part in the Big Push, in aid of the Rowans Hospice and its Dorothy’s Dream appeal.
That was another great cause and we’re happy to feature pictures and reports from both in The News today.
We’ve said it before but you can never say it too many times – collective efforts like the Race for Life and the Big Push demonstrate the kind of community spirit that we should all aspire to demonstrate more often.
Together, we really can achieve so much. The thousands of Race for Life participants proved that yesterday. As did everyone who took time out on Saturday to support the Big Push.
We’re sure that lots of money was raised over the weekend but it was never just about the cash.
Thanks to every one of you.