First Park Run in two years completed today :)

Completed my first Park Run at Bedfont Lakes today in just over 33 minutes. The Park Run’s are well worth doing. They are 5K, held usually every Saturday, free to enter and start at 9am – you can click here to see where your nearest one is.

For the statos amongst you the Park Run team keep all your results including PB’s and you gain points for each run to go on a leaderboard. Plus they are as the name suggests in parks so if like me your a pavement pounder it makes a great change and easier on the knees.


Fundraising totals update

Thanks to a very generous soul, my fundraising total for Children with Cancer UK ahead of the Staines 10K now tops over £170 🙂

Big thanks to them and all who have supported/spread the word so far.

Over on the charity auctions for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK a load of requests have gone out to various bands/comedians/sports people I like. Already had a pledge of a signed DVD from John Bishop who completed a grueling cycle/row/run from Paris to London for Sports Relief. A short excerpt of his running:

I was so inspired I am up for another marathon! What a great effort on his behalf and over £3m raised.

Signed Brotherhood Of Man flyers charity auctions

One of three kindly donated by the band is now online here will all funds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK  – another online now for Children with Cancer UK. Big thanks to Brotherhood Of Man for kindly donating these. More goodies soon!

A warm ‘un tonight plus another charity auction online

Nice three mile run completed tonight but it wasn’t half hot mum! Managed to keep running all the way and certainly enjoying my running again, helped by the lighter and warmer evenings.

Tonight’s soundtrack included the mighty Power Quest, Mad Max, Big Country, Donnie Vie and Slam Cartel.

The first signed Danny Peyronal (X-UFO/UFO/Heavy Metal Kids) raised £6.50 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK and the second & final signed CD is online now here. Let’s see if we can beat that total 🙂

More signed goodies soon and as ever any contacts or donated items gratefully received.

Children with Cancer running newsletter

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Welcome to our March Running newsletter

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The spring running season is well underway. Well done to our teams running in races all accross the UK at the moment!

Good luck to all our Stafford Half Marathon runners this weekend and Reading Half Marathon runners on April 1st! The Virgin London Marathon is less than one month away now and our team of over 1,200 runners are all training hard for April 22nd. A big thank you to everyone who is on the team this year.

Good luck to everyone running over the next few weeks!

Best wishes

Ben and Claire
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Bupa London 10,000 – run the Olympic Route!

There are only a few weeks left to secure your place in the Bupa London 10,000 2012. This 10k run follows much of what will be the Olympic Marathon route –  a great way to be involved in London’s year of sport. We have charity places in the Bupa London 10,000, please do get in touch if you would like to join the team!

London Triathlon 2012 – we have places

This year the Virgin Active London Triathlon has moved from its usual July date to September to make way for the Olympics. We have places for individuals or teams in all the distances. Visit our website to see more info or click here to apply to join the team. 

Challenge Scotland – run, walk or toddle!

Join us in one of our new Scottish challenges! You can choose from a 5k fun run, 12 mile walk, 6 mile walk or one of the Golden Mile walks (1,2 or 3 miles). There will also be a toddle for all keen supporters under the age of 6. Please visit our website for more info!

Join us for the Great Manchester Cycle!

We are excited to be involved with the first Great Manchester Cycle – organised by the same team as the Great Runs series. Cycle 13, 26 or 52 miles! For info about how to get a place please contact us for more info.

Jedward complete a marathon without training?

Interesting running story on the BBC website saying that Jedward recently completed the Los Angeles marathon without any training. Some question over what time they finished in and if indeed they had done no training. The pair are full of spirit that’s for sure plus will have natural fitness through their youth and energetic stage moves! The London marathon director David Bedford famously entered on the day back in 1981, although he had done many miles in his competitive athletic days.

I have completed three marathons to date – London twice in 1998 and 1999 and the Potteries in 1998 – and I ran lots of warm-up races at 5K, 5 milers, 10K, ten milers and half-marathons. The key I was told by experienced marathon runners is to build up your stamina as it is the time you are out running that can be the real test, that and the infamous wall. Another top tip is the day after a big race and your legs hurt when walking down stairs go backwards down the stairs, much easier.

Good luck to those training for the London marathon a really special day, even if you do get overtaken in the closing stages by a runner wearing a Big Ben costume as I did back in 1998 🙂

Go Gold in May for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

For more on this please visit the Make-A-Wish website for my run in May I am planning to wear something suitably golden!

Go Gold is a new addition to the fundraising calendar and we are asking you to persuade your friends, schools, workplaces, and social clubs to hold gold themed events or to wear gold (yellow/orange) on any day in May.

The campaign is being backed by well-known actor Warwick Davis (Willow, Star Wars, Harry Potter), who says: “Make-A-Wish is a brilliant charity and I’m really excited to be involved with the Go Gold campaign. Getting sponsored to wear gold or organising a gold-themed event during May is a really simple way of supporting Make-A-Wish and something that the whole family can get involved with. I hope that everyone will join me in helping this fantastic charity.”

Sarah Shearman, Make-A-Wish Community Fundraising Manager, says: “By taking part in Go Gold you can help Make-A-Wish bring magic, hope, smiles and memories to some very special children. We hope to be granting 1,000 magical wishes this year so every gold pound coin really does help!”

Whether you cover yourself head to toe in gold accessories or simply purchase a Make-A-Wish pin badge, help us to grant magical wishes by going gold!