Yes I like a challenge and moving from 10k to ten miles will certainly do that. I am delighted to taking part in the Great South Run and raising funds again for Children with Cancer UK. I will try and think of some whizzy ways to raise more vital funds for this charity – any ideas please do get in touch.
The sun was out and it was race day! After a delay in getting the venue due to heavy traffic from a local car boot the race was delayed until 9:30 am. Luckily it gave me time to warm-up, resplendent in my Mr Men running vest. Over 700 runners registered (the ‘Race Full’ signs were up), although strangely only 500 odd finished. It was very warm and tempers did flare behind me with runners berating the car boot traffic and vice versa. The race itself was a nice flat course although the Thames towpath part may have been picturesque but the stony path played merry hell on my feet. I didn’t manage to break the hour mark but did finish in 1 hr 5 mins – two minutes quicker than my Staines time back in May (making it my fastest 10K since 1999). There was a very nice bronze medal with an Olympic theme, which was last seen disappearing with my son and his toy box…
I have raised £457 for Children with Cancer UK. Any help you can give in plugging my fundraising page would be much appreciated:
BIG thanks to:
My family for their encouragement and support
Matt Curtis – online trainer and the man who inspired me to try & beat an hour
Emma Solomons for suggesting this race
Those kind people who spread the word and sponsored me 🙂
Now what 10K can I line-up for September time…
My second 10K of 2012 is this weekend and once again I will be donning my Mr Men running vest in aid of Children with Cancer UK. To date I have raised £422 and I have at least another £20 pledged should I finish it in under one hour (the last time I did a 10K in under an hour was back in the late 90’s!). Any help you can give in plugging my fundraising page would be much appreciated:www.justgiving.com/stokie2012
Those kind folk at the charity also sent me a poncho in the post for race day although hopefully it will stay dry. It is a sizable field with 716 entrants and the course takes in the Thames as well the back of the local Tescos.
I am also continuing my auctions of signed items kindly donated by celebrities, comedians, sports people & musicians raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK. To date I have raised £455 with recent signed items from John Bishop, Hawkwind and Ken Dodd. Any help on getting signed items much appreciated.
Big thanks to Ken Dodd for kindly donating a signed DVD which you can bid on here. Also he sent a lovely letter and a signed photo for myself – a real treat as I have been a longtime fan. If you get a chance do go and see him live as he is very funny and good value as his shows tend to last for at least 3-4 hours 🙂
Also a signed copy of Brian Blessed’s performance on ITV’s ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ when he performed as Pavarotti. You can bid on this here
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Experience the magic of the Himalayas
After the success of our 2010 trekwe’re off to Nepal again! Trek to heights of over 3,000m and view some of the most magnificent peaks in the world.
Get on your bike and help us fund Parkinson’s nurses
Take on our 20-mile route up to Thornhill or a more challenging 60-mile ride into the stunning Trossachs National Park.
Enjoy the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Choose from 4 fantastic routes climbing into the hills surrounding the market town of Settle.
Run a half marathon and help us raise vital funds
Grab our last few places in this iconic half marathon! We also have places left in the Great Birmingham Run on 21 October 2012.
Take on our new night run in the River Lee Country Park
After the success of our Nottingham event we’ve a new course along the River Lee. Choose your distance, 10K, 5K, or walk or run 1K with the kids.
- 8 July 2012 – Pedal for Parkinson’s – Swansea
- 7 October 2012 – Royal Parks Half Marathon, London
- 13-21 October 2012 – Trek Jordan
- 28 October 2012 – Great South Run, Portsmouth
The training continues for my 10K on the 22nd of this month, spurred on by my online trainer (who is now going to join me for an after work jog). The Elmbridge 10K now has over 470 entries and the route takes in part of the Thames towpath, along with the less glamorous back end of a Tesco’s Extra. My four year old son has been encouraging from the side-lines telling me to eat more pasta and potatoes!
Just over £410 has now been raised for Children with Cancer UK:
The Fifty Fifty fundraising of signed items kindly donated by celebrities/bands/sports people now stands at £418.58 raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK. Rising blues rock guitarist Chantel McGregor kindly donated two more signed CD’s as she aims to raise £100 for my fundraising. A signed DVD from comedian John Bishop is currently at £5.50 :
Coming soon signed goodies from ‘out there’ rockers Hawkwind and the legendary Ken Dodd!