Great South Run – completed!

Knackered but finished 🙂 First time I have run further than 10K since 1999. Great day and atmosphere as the people of Pompey made you feel very welcome – even in my Stoke top and scarf. I did get two ‘Come on Stoke!’ on the way round the course. Lovely course running around the historic naval dockyards/HMS Victory and ending up running by the Southsea seafront. The jelly babies counter at nine miles provided a welcome boost  as well. Well organised and run, highly recommended if you fancy a nice flat race.

My finishing time was under two hours – yippee! 1hr 59m 12 secs 15,158th (race field just over 24,000)
http://www.greatrun.org/Results/default.aspx?r=273&bib=20203

Thanks to my lovely kids for their support and musical selections  (my daughter loaded my IPod with delights such as You Me At Six, Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold & Fearless Vampire Killers and I sneaked on some Jimi Jamison, Chris Singleton & Dev Townsend!).

Big thanks to my family, friends, work colleagues, Facebook pals, the bands and authors who kindly donated signed items to auction and all those that have sponsored me, spread the word or liked a Facebook post. I am truly humbled, thanks again.
Now what race next folks 😉
Jason

PS Donations still welcome – raising funds for Children with Cancer UK:
http://www.justgiving.com/stokie2012

Well done all on completing the Great North Run

…well done especially to those running and raising funds for Children with Cancer UK.

The next Great Run will be the one I am in, the South one – yikes!

Nicely over the £500 mark now with my fundraising for Children with Cancer UK but need a push to get up to my £1,000 target. Hopefully a few more signed items soon for auction, stayed tuned 🙂

Auctions and training updates

Some lovely feedback from the recent winner of the Cannon and Ball tickets and meet ‘n’ greet:
‘Looking so forward to the show and meeting them , my dad is a big fan and I was brought up watching them , thank you once again.’

Still chance to bid on a signed Cannon and Ball programme & photo here

All proceeds to Make-A-Wish Foundation UK and BIG thanks again to Cannon & Ball

More signed items for auction soon but any leads and/or donations are always welcome and appreciated.

Training going okay for the Great South Run with a PB today at the Bedfont Lakes Park Run. Do take part in a local Park Run if you can. They are held every Saturday around the UK, starting at 9am and run over 5km. Well organised, friendly and great fun!

Training underway for the great South Run

Training now underway for the Great South Run  – ten miles is a far old hike! But with 23,500 runners expected plus a fairly flat course it will have plenty of atmosphere.

This will be my third run this year for Children with Cancer UK and any help you can give by spreading the word on the Facebook page for my attemtp at the Great South Run:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/GreatSouthRun2012Stokieboy

Plus my Just Giving page:

www.justgiving.com/stokie2012

Thank you

Great South Run next up…

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.

http://www.justgiving.com/stokie2012

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…

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!

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

Staines 10K completed and £343 raised for Children with Cancer UK :)

A nice earlier start (6.15 am) to have my pre-race breakfast and then it was off with my daughter who was my race support/official photographer.

(With my Get Ready To Rock! t-shirt – too warm to wear on the run)

(Hoping for some Coca Cola freebies thanks to subtle product placement)

(No matter how much spinach I ate I still couldn’t push this pesky wall down)

After the joys of trying to fit one of those pesky race chips onto my shoe it was time to line up for the off!

(Luckily I could wear my Stoke City top after having to wear a P*** V*** top last time I did this run back in 2010 as part of my fundraising and wearing a Shirt Of Hurt)

The race itself was perfect as I ran the whole distance, a first for me on this race at my fifth attempt. Nice to see the folk of Staines coming out to cheer the runners along and to see one of my former members of staff from my days at WHS in Staines. There was even some mad fool dressed in a lion’s costume although he finished way ahead of me.

A massive field with over 500 runners (when I first did a Staines 10K back in the 90’s there was just over 200 runners) and my finishing time was 1 hour 7 minutes by the clock or 1 hour 6 minutes by the chip on my shoe. Bizarrely exactly the same times as my 2010 run! The full results can be seen here (I came 451 out of 521 finishers)

If you want a first 10k I would highly recommend this race as it is flat and well organised with a good atmosphere. Plus for the serious runners they can clock up very decent times indeed – the winner came in at just over thirty minutes.

(Chuffed to finish with my finisher’s medal and t-shirt – small size of course!)

(Top support and photos by my daughter who seems overly pleased to be holding the race t-shirt)

An amazing day and £343 currently raised for Children with Cancer UK.

You can still sponsor me here:

http://www.justgiving.com/stokie2012

Thank you all