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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!

Another steady run

Slowly getting back into the running groove. A nice and steady two miles with another mile walking. Just under two months away from race day and hoping I am fit enough to complete the 10K. Looking back I wonder how the heck I ever did three marathons at the end of the 90’s – youthful energy methinks 🙂

Tonight’s soundtrack included folk metalers Lyriel, the mighty FM, Black Stone Cherry and Pretty Maids.

Another five pound pledged today through good old fashioned paper sponsor forms, so now over seventy pounds raised for Children with Cancer UK.

Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble has a new album out

I will plug news from those who have kindly donated signed items to my charity auctions…

Justin Fletcher (aka Mr Tumble off CBeebies) has a new album out ‘Hands Up’. It is a selection of classic children’s songs plus a few new ones. You can grab a copy here

The album debuted at number 16 in the UK album charts this week

(He kindly donated two signed DVD’s last year)


Welcome to my blog covering my fundraising and also related news items from the charities I have fund raised for in the past/present plus some interviews with fellow fundraisers and musicians/authors/celebrities who have kindly donated items for my auctions. Feel free to browse away and post a comment if you want, feedback always welcome.

For 2012 I am doing the Staines 10K on Sunday May 13th raising funds for Children with Cancer UK and all year I am raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK through signed EBay items donated by bands/authors/celebrities.