Okay, wow! I really need to update this blog more often! I started some awesome auctions to coincide with the Olympic games, and they’re doing pretty well. The first are ending tonight, but more will be online by the end of the week and include donations from people like this awesome bib from multi Olympic and Commonwealth Gold Medal winner Valerie Adams.
You can find all the items I have for auction HERE I’ll try to update this a bit more, I seem to have been focusing on other things lately so please do tune back in
100 years ago nearly 20000 British soldiers died on the opening day of World War 1, as the Battle of the Somme began. It’s almost impossible to process in my head what the conditions were, the necessity to be there to fight for freedom. Among those who died on the first day of the Battle was James Miller, Pte No 2691 who now rests in Blighty Valley Cemetery.
Part of the 17th HLI (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion), he was killed in action on 1/7/1916 as he was part of the attack on Leipzig Redoubt.
If you’d like to support those who came back from the wars, who need that bit of a helping hand in return for what they did, check out Erskine Hospital’s website HERE
The other week I popped down to Birmingham to watch the awesome Diamond League meeting and among other goodies I was delighted to add signature no 79 to the Team Scotland Challenge shirts, 800m silver medallist Lynsey Sharp! Extremely happy Robin and huge thanks to Lynsey for signing them for me
I also added loads of signatures to a couple of Team GB Olympic tshirts I have been working on for a while, seen there with World and European medal winner Rabah Yousif. The shirts have a huge mix of signatures, through athletics, cycling and boxing and I think I will be adding a few more before auctions are held.
Aside from the TeamGB goodies, there were loads of huge named in attendance and I managed to get a nice range of bibs signed for auction as well as meeting some of the biggest names in athletics including London 2012 gold medal winner David Rudisha who signed my Glasgow 2014 programmes amongst other items. Also signing the programmes and donating one of her bibs was three time Commonwealth and double Olympic medal winning shot putter Valerie Adams!
Crossing genres between sports, Marquise Goodwin stars for both the Buffalo Bills as well as leading the long jump standings for this year.
As a wee bonus, I bumped into the most capped ODI cricketer in English history, Paul Collingwood and a few of his Durham team mates so I stuck a CWCUK vest in front of them and managed to get a few to sign it for auction
All in all, another tiring weekend, but I got to see Mo Farah break the British 3000m record, got to see Rudisha, James, Sharp, Pearson, Butchart and more in action as well as catching up with some mates I haven’t seen in a while. Added to all the awesome items I got for auction it was worth the middle of the night journeys around the country
It’s been an interesting couple of days around about the joys of work, studying and running that Edinburgh Marathon! Last week I nipped into town after work and after an extensive wait managed to meet the legend that is Richard Ashcroft! A little known fact about me is that the first gig I ever went to was seeing Richard shortly after he released his debut solo album in 2000. It was awesome to meet him, and I was chuffed to bits that he took the time to sign some items for me. A couple have sold (pending payment) so there’s an awesome signed disc from The Verve’s iconic album Urban Hymns remaining, which is coming up for grabs shortly.
The week previously I popped down to Manchester for the Great City Games (enduring a torturous delayed overnight bus journey to get back just in time for work.. dedication or what?!?) and managed to pick up more than a few goodies. Among those donating bibs for my fundraising auctions were the the more than lovely Lucy Hatton and the more than awesome Greg Rutherford. I brought home 16 bibs in total, all of which will be coming to auction soon in this, the year of the Olympic Games!
Also added into the pot in recent days were some awesome boxing items, including a Mini Glove signed by The Mailman himself Charlie Flynn! I also clocked in mini gloves from the likes of Michael Buffer, Conor Benn, Johnny Nelson and Jim Watt, all of which should be coming your way via auction soon
All in all some pretty cool additions to the auction stock, keep your eyes on the blog and ebay listings in the coming week or so to snap them up.
I went into the Edinburgh Marathon yesterday hoping to set another PB after doing so well in London, but in blazing sunshine, I was more than delighted to come home in 6.22.47. I’ve woken up sun burned to hell and back today, and am without doubt feeling the effects of the conditions, but I cannot tell you how happy I am to have completed this event. Looking back a few years, I would have taken over 8 hours to do an event in those conditions, so I can genuinely tell you how happy I am with myself.
So that’s two marathons in five weeks, and a happy Robin!
I am planning on confirming my total donation to Children with Cancer UK in the coming week or so (if eBay for Charity can provide me with the info I need… they are having some systems issues just now!)
In the meantime there will be more items online soon, with awesome items coming up for grabs and more money to be raised for a truly wonderful cause.
I have been a bit lax with the website lately, and working more on the social media side of promotion, so I need to get things going here too I am working up to making a final donation for the London Marathon 2016 fundraising, which I am anticipating by the end of May when I run the same 26.2 mile distance in Edinburgh. After that I will be continuing my support of Children with Cancer UK as well as returning to do some fundraising for that other cause close to my heart… Maggie’s Centres in Glasgow.
Right now I have just shy of 200 items up for auctioning including this brilliant signed item from Roxy Music star Bryan Ferry. There’s all sorts of Dr Who items, signed cards and doodles, used athletics bibs and that auction of the song written for you by Leighton Jones, star of The Voice 2016. You can also find this awesome signed teamsheet from the recent Scotland 1-0 win over Denmark at Hampden, signed by national captain Scott Brown, with “50th” added to mark his half century in caps in that fixture.