David Torrence


I, like most athletics fans, was absolutely gutted to hear of David Torrence’s passing earlier this week.   The photo above was taken less than two weeks ago, at the Birmingham Diamond League after he ran in the Emsley Carr Mile.  David is one of THE nicest people I have met on the circuit, always up for a laugh and speaking to fans.  Always game for helping out, as the above photo shows.  I’m a bit speechless about his passing, I don’t overly know how to process this cheery, smiley, happy lad being gone.  31 years old.  Younger than me.

“The best thing to do is watch the races and find out who I am. I think races really show a glimpse into a personality and you really see a person’s emotions along with their physical ability in the middle of the race. If you want to know more about me, keep watching; that’s who I am.”

Thanks for being you David.




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london1Right, it’s four months until Xmas and there is BIG news for Robin’s fundraising.  It’s also two weeks until #The4RaceChallenge kicks off, so this seems as good a time to update everything in style.

So first thing’s first …. THE 2017 CELEBRITY XMAS CARD AUCTION IS UNDERWAY!! The first bid on an Xmas Card is in already (Jemma Redgrave’s for the record!) and there are loads more coming.  CHECK THEM OUT HERE RIGHT NOW along with all the other ace items I have up for auction.  I’ll be adding more Xmas Cards tomorrow and all week!

I also figured that with the first Xmas Cards going online, it would be a good time to update the totaliser with what I have raised in the last couple of months.  I am delighted to say I have added another…


into the fundraising pot over this period, with the breakdown being as follows…

  • Children with Cancer UK – £1530.74
  • MacMillan Cancer Support – £1215.09
  • Maggie’s Centres –  £24.99

I’m pretty chuffed, as I am sure you can imagine, and all this takes my overall fundraising total over the years to the cusp of a major milestone…


WOW!  I never thought this would have been possible when I started doing what I do, and I would like to thank everyone who has bought items, sponsored me, helped me, signed for me, put up with my madness, encouraged me on training runs, anything, everything and all of the above.  You’re wonderful people and I cannot do this without you.

I will be notifying the charities formally by email on Monday with these updates, the MacMillan amount exceeds the amount pledged for the Berlin Marathon which is pretty awesome to know that’s done, though I will probably add a bit more into the pot in the coming months.  The coming months have a lot of exciting events coming up, #The4RaceChallenge kicking off in two weeks in Newcastle and loads of auctions and other fundraising fun.

You can of course find over 300 signed items up for grabs right now by clicking here, and can help me to raise even more for these truly amazing causes.

Thank you again




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As it says on the tin, BIG news coming in the world of Robin’s fundraising tonight!

Stay tuned…

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Birmingham Diamond League!

Well, jonniemy annual pilgrimage to BrummyLand happened at the weekend to take in the Diamond League meet which also marked Mo Farah’s final track race on British soil.  He won, naturally.

For me, a weekend of catching up with good mates, and seeing some awesome athletics (what a run Jake Wightman!) was capped off by getting some pretty awesome items signed by the athletes over the weekend.  High on my list of favourite proof pics was this effort from Jonnie Peacock, multi Paralympic, World and Everything else Gold Winner and now Strictly Come Dancing star!  Thanks to Jonnie for signing for the Xmas Card Auction which will be kicking off before the end of this month all being well 🙂

Other amazing items including bib donations from some of the superstars of the weekend…wightman Jake Wightman has helped me out with items for a couple of years now and it was amazing to see him win the Emsley Carr Mile, just holding off fellow Scot Chris O’Hare with a tremendous run.

I was working on a few multi signed items over the course of the weekend including this official Team USA tshirt which was previously donated by Mary Saxer and somehow found it’s way to the bottom of a box in a house move.  I decided with the number of top American’s in Birmingham, the time was ripe to get it signed up.  A few more were added to it following this photo including ariesmulti Olympic gold winner Allyson Felix, but I thought who better to pose for a proof pic than the legendary Aries Merritt…  It’s a pretty cool item, with some amazing medal winners on it and I’m looking forward to auctioning this one.

The event also had some non Diamond League races, including the unique Walk v Run bosworthcompetition between Tom Bosworth and Adam Clarke. Both of the guys were kind enough to donate their bibs after the race.  I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Tom, after the way his World Champs ended last week he was awesome with us.  It’s the first time I’ve met Tom and I could not have been more impressed with how he was with us fans, especially on the back of his London disappointment.  More sports people should be like these guys, footballers could learn a lot.

Added to that, seeing the amazing scenes as Barshim leaping 2.40 in the high jump, and the reaction of all the other competitors, another storming win for Sandra Perkovic, and that awesome run from Jake… a fabulous meeting!

All in all an amazing weekend.  Thanks to the athletes for the entertainment and kindness in supporting what I do, Mr Rhodes for his company and the ticket, and the other guys for the banter.  Already looking forward to next year…

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Thank You :)

Just a quick post to say thanks to the awesome people who have dropped some money into my Just Giving pages in the last day or two.  The CWCUK page now sits at £120 which is a great wee addition to the fundraising for the #The4RaceChallenge.  I don’t like asking for sponsorship more than once a year, and that time has been for 2017, so sponsorship surprises are very much appreciated.

Thanks Guys 🙂

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I have spoken in the past about the #GeordieMassive and how they have helped my fundspurs1raising through the years and today they have stepped up to the mark in style.

Spurs opened their league campaign with a 2-0 win a Newcastle today and Andrea of the aforementioned awesome Geordie group produced this amazing Xmas Card for this year’s auctions from the team.  As a Spurs fan myself, I’ll have to fight not bidding on this one as it’s got our biggest players on it… Kane, Alli, Lloris, Dier, Eriksen…  I’m speechless.

The 2017 Celebrity Xmas Card Auction will launch later this month… keep your eyes peeled for some ace auctions.  In the meantime, CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE AUCTIONS I CURRENTLY HAVE UP FOR GRABS.

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Upcoming Plans…

20170721_110132So what are the plans for the coming weeks?  Aside from lots of training and training and then events?

High in the priority list right now is raising a shedload of money for my two chosen charities for the coming months… Children with Cancer UK and MacMillan Cancer Support.  I am working hard to source items for auction which will raise much needed funds, as well as auctioning hundreds of items to bring in as much money as possible for these awesome charities.

Right now you can see loads of amazing items up for grabs including this signed golf ball from former Masters champ and World No1 golfer Adam Scott by clicking here

Please do check out all the items out… I work tirelessly to source items and raise funds, and if you guys don’t see all the awesome items I have then it’s not doing as much good as it could be 🙂

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