Well that was a week and a half. And then some! I’ve been at the Scottish Open since Tuesday night pretty much, and have spent the last four days volunteering with Maggie’s Glasgow on the fundraising stand alongside Gillian’s Saltire Appeal. Having been down in Dundonald on Tuesday night for The Hero Challenge event and then Wednesday for the ProAm, I managed to get some goodies signed which I will be auctioning for Maggie’s this week (a couple are already up for grabs) to celebrate Open Championship Week. Here’s 2016 Scottish Open Champ Alex Noren holding the multi signed Maggie’s tshirt which is signed by loads of golfers from the week including himself, Adam Scott, Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie, Stewart Cink, Graeme McDowell and 2017 winner Rafa Cabrera-Bello alongside loads more! There’s also a tshirt signed by Rory McIlroy with a massive awesome signature, a real one off item! I was over the moon to finally get a photo with Rory after ten years of trying! There will be more golf items being added to the auctions this week to raise even more.
The whole purpose of the week was of course to raise money for Maggie’s as well as Gillian’s Saltire Appeal, and it was mindblowing to know that by the end of the week I had been part of an amazing team which raised over £41000 for charity. Through the week we must have driven everyone mad in that tent, as we sold raffle tickets, lanyards and see you jimmy hats. We had wonderful people who bought everything from a balloon for their kids to those who dug into their wallets and pulled out £20 notes for us just because they could. Everyone of you is awesome. The week was just summed up when the Stagecoach drivers who had been running me back and forwards from Irvine all week (even when I was the only one there!) handed me £30 to put in the pot.
Amazing. What a week!
Among the amazing items up for auction just now is this stunning self portrait doodle from Dr Who and Being Human star Russell Tovey. Drawn and signed on 8×5 white card in gold marker. A brilliant item currently at a bargain price. With 100s of other unique items up for auction, these are the auctions you want to be checking out!
Auctions for the Berlin Marathon fundraising for MacMillan are now underway at this shiny link HERE
Auctions live are a mix of auctions for MacMillan and Children with Cancer UK as my fundraising push continues into the second half of the year. Each auction is clearly marked within the listings who the money goes to, but you can expect a step up in MacMillan listings to cover the fundraising commitments for Berlin 2017 as July progresses. Right now you can find a range of amazing items up for grabs including this signed artwork from Lydia Wilson themed to her role as Kalara in Star Trek Beyond.
It’s well worth checking out the listings, who knows what you will find.
Most of you will know I only ask for sponsorship once a year, because I don’t believe in asking for repeated donations throughout the year. I do, however, always have a page sitting open for events to ensure anyone who wants to sponsor me for a specific event can do so. I have been asked by a few people about sponsorship for MacMillan for the Berlin Marathon, so have set up a page which you can see in the menu bar on the right of this page alongside my CWCUK donation page for the other events.
This link here should also work. Thanks to all who choose to back me in this way 🙂
I am beyond thrilled to announce some major charity news as part of my fundraising, with THREE new events added to the 2017/18 calendar, including some support for a new amazing charity.
I have been lucky enough to secure places for the Berlin Marathon for the next two years, a race I haven’t run since 2012. I am more than delighted to say I will be running in support of MacMillan Cancer Support this year, a charity who share goals with the other charities I support.
In 2018 I will be back in the colours of my favourite charity, donning the colours of Children with Cancer UK who I will also be running the Richmond Marathon for this year.
This means my diary over September is, for the first time in years, totally packed. It also means I will seriously need to do some training as I want to smash my London PB when these marathons come around. I am thrilled to be returning to Berlin, not once but twice in the coming years to race, and the addition of Richmond will be amazing. The final race of the mini series will see me complete my tenth consecutive Great Scottish Run Half Marathon, something I never thought I would achieve when I started running
September Race Diary…
Sunday 10 September – Great North Run Half Marathon, Newcastle
Sunday 17 September – Richmond Marathon, London
Sunday 24 September – Berlin Marathon, Berlin
Sunday 1 October – Great Scottish Run Half Marathon, Glasgow
In the meantime, auctions galore can be found at THIS BIG SHINY LINK HERE –
Last week saw loads of Celtic legends in town, and I managed to snaffle a few cool items for auction. Amongst those I met was the man, the legend, Henrik Larsson. I’ve got stuff signed by him before, but this was the first time I have managed to get a photo with him. I was working on a Celtic tshirt that I had started a few years ago and forgot about, so it’s now got a nice mix of signatures from multiple eras of one of football’s best known clubs!
There’s another Hoops legend, Lubomir Moravcik with the shirt after he had signed it.
All in all a busy couple of days but worth it in the long run to do some cool stuff for the fundraising. Just a shame it rained at the end of the Cup Final making it difficult to get some Xmas Cards done by those at the game.
The tshirt will go up for auction this evening, alongside loads more items. Right now you can find nearly 250 awesome auctions online @ THIS SHINY LINK HERE
Okay, I cannot believe I have not posted this yet, but to be fair I have been on holiday gallivanting around Europe for the last three weeks, so I will use that as an excuse. First of… LONDON BABY! A 41 min PB over Marathon distance as I came home in 5.26.04. Wow! I am so chuffed. I was aiming to do anything sub 6hr so do it in such style… chuffed to bits. And more. I felt awesome at the end of the race, and literally cannot wait to run again next year. I smashed through the half marathon mark in under 2.15 which I have never managed to get close to in the past. I guess a bit of training and weight loss really helps, added to the new found positive mental attitude and enjoyment of running. I did my first sub 25min 5k the other week at ParkRun as well, so I have been really feeling good when out running. Mind you, after three weeks of holidays, croissants, beer and more in total indulgence mode, I am going to have to get back on the training wagon as it were.
In other news, I counted up all the sales made from ebay since the turn of the year, and the JustGiving donations and am delighted to have added another £7554.02 to the kitty for Children with Cancer UK, giving me a London Marathon 2017 Donation total of £14297.10! Wow! My highest ever donation for a single event. I knew I had done well with auctions since the turn of the year, but that surpasses everything I thought I had raised. I am so chuffed with this.
It takes my overall donation totals to £77143.25 which is pretty mindblowing.
My thanks to everyone who has helped me towards that total, you wonderful people who buy items, who sponsor me for events, who signed items for auction or who back me in what I do in a myriad of ways. Thank you x