Elmbridge 10K completed

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:

www.justgiving.com/stokie2012

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…

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Elmbridge 10K this weekend :)

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.

Fundraising update – Elmbridge 10K this month

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:

http://www.justgiving.com/stokie2012

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 :

http://tinyurl.com/bm47ntu

Coming soon signed goodies from ‘out there’ rockers Hawkwind and the legendary Ken Dodd!

Fundraising for Children with Cancer tops £400

I am pleased to announce my fundraising for Children with Cancer UK has now topped £400, thanks to a recent donation of £10. I am taking part in my second 10K for the charity on Sunday 22nd July taking part in the Elmbridge 10K. My JustGiving page is here:

http://www.justgiving.com/stokie2012

The Fifty Fifty charity auctions for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK continue and online now is the second and final signed Brian Blessed photo and CD of his ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ appearance when he was Pavarotti. You can see more here

Signed Chantel McGregor CD

Second signed CD kindly donated by Chantel McGregor – the first one went for £21 🙂 You can bid on it here

Also online the signed Frank Skinner photograph.

Training for my next 10k, the Elmbridge 10K continues. Scarily just over two months away and the weekend before the Olympics. I am running again after a challenge and the pledge of more sponsorship if I come in under an hour. I last managed that some ten years ago… I will raising funds again for Children with Cancer UK and you can kindly sponsor me here

Another 10K on the horizon for Children with Cancer UK :)

So following the gauntlet laid down by two people (who both pledged another fiver each) to do another 10K this year and try to complete it in under one hour I have entered the Elmbridge 10k on Sunday 22nd July:
http://www.elmbridgeroadrunners.co.uk/pages/2-10K.html

I will be running again for Children with Cancer UK and keeping my Just Giving page going for a wee while longer.

www.justgiving.com/stokie2012