Team Macmillan Running News

Summer is finally here! This can only mean one thing – you have to interrupt your training schedule with a holiday on a sunny beach somewhere (very annoying we know!)

While we all deserve a well earned break, there are some great things you can be doing on your holiday to make sure your training isn’t completely lost during your summer holidays.

  • Go for a leisurely run – a great way to explore new scenery and a more challenging climate than you’re used to.
  • Mix it up - throw in a few activities with your family such as hiring bikes or swimming and it won’t feel like your training is taking you away from your holiday.
  • Get a holiday fitness app – designed to help you squeeze fitness into your leisure time, these will definitely help maintain your beach body.

It’s great to give your body and mind a rest but squeezing some of these into your break could help ease you back in when you’re ready to return to your regular training schedule.

 
App of the month – Via App

Hate stopping your run to view a map? Afraid to try new routes in case you get lost?Via lets you select your start and finish points and gives you audio directions. Simple and very effective!
 

Scrummy Berry Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to replenish calories and add nutrients during training. Packed with Vitamin C and anti-oxidants, why not try this Berry Smoothie? Add oats to make it extra filling!

 

Search for your next running challenge

Thinking ahead to your next challenge? Check out our run finder to search for the perfect run for you, whether you’re looking to step up your distance, go off-road, or run overseas.

Spotlight on a running superstar!

You are an inspiring lot and we love hearing all about your reasons for running for us. This month we wanted to share one of your amazing stories to remind you of the amazing thing you are doing for people with cancer and their families. 

Macmillan runner Lindsey is taking part in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival running the Speed of Light 5k. She told us: 

“I’m running for a couple of reasons. I’ve recently lost six stone in weight and to keep me focused on my weight loss, I like to have something to work towards. I chose the Speed of Light 5k because its local and a bit different, running  along the seafront wearing an illuminated armband in a sea of light and colours. 

More importantly, in October 2013, my sister Beverly was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. This made me so much more aware of my own health so I started a fitness journey. Beverly found it very difficult to confide in me and our brothers during her very gruelling chemotherapy and subsequent mastectomy. Macmillan Nurses were her saviours, they were always there for questions, she could be honest with them and we really appreciated their dedication.

Beverly has just finished her treatment and is now in remission and doing well. For me, I just want to raise money and run the whole route in a time that’s not too embarrassing!”

Lindsey – we salute you! If you want to share your story please do drop us an email or head over to our Facebook page – we love hearing from you! 

 

 

 

Awesome August Fundraising Tips!

In between your training runs, try these fun and endorphin-fuelling fundraising tips to keep that heart rate up!

Space Hopper Race - It may be the summer holidays but a sponsored adults sports day can get those legs pumping and be a great day in the park.
Dance Marathon - £5 entry and BYOB; an awesome excuse for a house party!
• Time for Tee - Swing into action because August is officially Golf Month! Putt your best players forward and have your own golfing competition. Charge and entry fee, award half the cash to whoever has the best round and send the rest to Macmillan.

For more fundraising inspiration, plus a selection of posters, flyers, tickets and more that you can design for your activity, visit be.macmillan.org.uk.

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August training update Eaking half marathon

A quick update…with just under seven weeks until race day the training is steady as they say. Still now it’s the summer holidays my daughter is on the case and cycling along to keep me running further :)

My work colleague will also be happy as Macmillan Cancer Support provide up to six iron on letters for your running top and there could only be one choice…Sparky! Good as well as keeps my Stoke City theme going which I manage to sneak in most races I do. Once I have received the top and fathomed out how an iron works I shall post a picture.

The charity I am running for on the 28th September is Macmillan Cancer Support whose nurses (along with their help line) do sterling work helping those with cancer and supporting their family and friends:

https://www.justgiving.com/ealing20142/

PS there is also Centrepoint who I ran the Dorney Dash 10K for. They are the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. It supports over 6,000 16-25 year olds into housing and employment every year. Working directly in London and the north of England, Centrepoint also partners with other organisations across the UK and gives homeless young people a voice through the Centrepoint Parliament. It conducts research and influences government policy with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness.

 

https://www.justgiving.com/ealing2014/

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Dorney Dash completed…in under an hour :)

Despite my best attempts to injure myself the night before the race by dropping a fridge magnet on one of my toes, I lined up at the start of the Dorney Dash 10K on a very hot morning. The course is a lap and a half of the impressive Dorney boating lake, used in the 2012 Olympics and owned by Eton College.

It is a flat course but on a sunny day like the race day there is little shade and it was tough going. Despite this (and I think spurred on by the fact I was keen to be reunited with my children and shade at the finish line) I beat the one hour mark with a chip time of 59 minutes 40m seconds, the first time in over ten years!

I would highly recommend this as a 10K race for either a PB or for a first time/beginner as it is flat, lovely surroundings and extremely well organised.

I ran this race for the Centrepoint charity and next up is the Ealing half marathon when I will be running for Macmillan Cancer Support

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Why do I fundraise?

A question I have been asked a few times down the years (I’ve done at least one charity event every year since 1985) and the main reasons are the charities are personal or ones that support/help young people, like this year’s one the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Plus I love helping others as much as that sounds like a Miss World reply!

It is always hard coming up with a novel idea for fundraising be it Forty Nights for my fortieth birthday where I held a charity gig at Brentford FC and got a whole host of bands to plug it at their gigs or webpages. The Shirt Of Hurt (kindly borrowed of Sports Relief/Danny Baker) back in 2010 saw me complete the Staines 10K in a P*** V*** top – I still have nightmares about it ;) Still it raised over £550 for the Macular Disease Society.

In fact running is a good way to raise funds as I did a 10K back in 2007 and rasied over £1,000 for the Parkinson’s Disease Society. I have even run between WHS Travel stores (train & underground stations) in central London in the late 90′s. A more leisrely fundraiser was last year’s All Booked Up where myself and my daughter (who has done some sterling fundraising herself and made me one proud dad) did a year long sponsored read for Surrey Young Carers.

So times are hard but try & help where you can, as the real stars are those who donate their money or signed goodies for charity auctions and spread the word as fundraising is no good if no-one knows you are doing it or supports it.

Top 10 highest bidded items (to date) 

(Final selling price listed at the end of each item)

1  Rebus (Ian Rankin) malt whisky (for Beating Bowel Cancer)       £1,319.00

2  Signed Red Dwarf script (for the Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust)  £857.77

3 Guitar lesson and lunch with John Mitchell (It Bites/Arena/Frost) (for CLAPA) £370

4  Signed Pendragon ‘Passion’ CD/DVD (for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK)  £105.00

5  Signed Harry James (Thunder/Magnum) drumsticks (for Donna Louise Trust) £103.00

6  Vinny Burns guitar lesson (for the Macular Disease Society) £62.00

7  Signed Eden’s Curse goody bag (for Parkinson’s UK)  £54.01

8 John Sinclair’s tour jacket from his days in Ozzy Osbourne’s band (for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK) £46.45

9 Signed FM CD (for the Macular Disease Society)  £41.00

10  Signed Rodney Matthews ‘Sleepwalking’ poster (for Parkinson’s UK)  £35.27

Total  = £2,973.50

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Dorney Dash again this year :)

I am entering the Dorney Dash 10K on Saturday 26th July after really enjoying last year’s run. It is my training run for the Ealing Half marathon later in the year. Lovely course with two laps around Dorney Lake used by Eton College and in 2012 it was the Olympic rowing lake.

I have also added Macmillan Cancer Support as a charity I am running the Ealing Half marathon for, along with the Centrepoint charity.

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Running the Ealing half marathon for Centrepoint charity

I had a year off fundraising and as I enjoyed the Ealing half marathon so much last year I thought I’d do it again! I am going to raise funds for the charity Centrepoint who help young homeless people in London and the north. They do some sterling work and they have inspired me to run for them (along with the great work my old school pal Jerome  does with the homeless charities in Hull).

Anything you can do to help would be much appreciated and any support on the day most welcome. It’s a (mainly) flat course and plenty of good vantage points along the route.

https://www.justgiving.com/ealing2014/

Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. It supports over 6,000 16-25 year olds into housing and employment every year. Working directly in London and the north of England, Centrepoint also partners with other organisations across the UK and gives homeless young people a voice through the Centrepoint Parliament. It conducts research and influences government policy with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness.

£15 could provide a warm and safe place to stay for the night for a vulnerable 16-25 year old with nowhere else to go

£20 could provide a workshop about the consequences and risks of drug use run by one of our specialist health therapists

£50 could pay for the clothes that a young person would need to attend an interview or start an apprenticeship

£120 could help keep our emergency service running for another day: helping young people straight from the street

Thanks as ever for your continued support and feel free to spread the word

PS Last year you all helped with raising £1,246.24 for three charities:

Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) = £498.29 (Staines 10K)

National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) = £52.95 (Staines 10K)

Cancer Research UK = £695 (Dorney 10K – I donated my running legs for an event in memory of a fellow Magnum fan, the hard part of fundraising was done by his family, friends, fellow fans and the band members)

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Raising funds for Centrepoint

There are 80,000 young people experience homelessness every year. Centrepoint support 1,000 of them with housing, health and learning.

I will be aiming to complete the Ealing half marathon for the second year running and hoping to raise some vital funds for Centrepoint.

There will be some signed goodies via eBay to help boost the funds raised.

Keep up to date on the Facebook page

 

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 290 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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JACKDAW4 signed CD charity auction for CLAPA

SIGNED copy of the final album from the superbly talented JACKDAW4 and kindly donated by Willie Dowling. All proceeds go to CLAPA (Cleft Lip & Palate Association) and there are two more Jacdaw4 CD’s to follow.

 

 

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Robin George album charity download

ROBIN GEORGE has kindly donated a download of his wonderful nine track album ‘Love, Peace & Power’.

new credits GTTROCK

It is only £10 to download the album and all proceeds will go to CLAPA (Cleft Lip & Palate Association):

http://www.themusicindex.com/store/robin_george.htm

Says Robin George:

‘Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to work with many of the best musicians in the industry and it occurred to me that one song I wrote some years ago, LovePower and Peace, had been recorded by many of those talents.

I mentioned to a friend that I was planning to mix the song featuring all those artists, and he suggested making it a sharing single.

It was so obviously a great idea that my enthusiasm was shared by everyone I approached. As I invited each artist to join LovePower, they would suggest others that they thought would love to be involved for example, Pete Thompson (Robin Trower Band) introduced Pete Haycock (Climax Blues Band) Dom Brown (Duran Duran)  got involved.

So this has become a labour of love not only for me, but for all of the great artists involved. Everyone has commented that they feel honoured to be working with such fabulous musicians for such deserving causes,

LovePower & Peace Robin George

http://www.robingeorge.co.uk

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