WOW! I genuinely cannot believe I did this. I’ve been pushing myself over 10km distance in recent weeks, and have been trying to focus my training and diet ahead of #The4RaceChallenge and I was more than chuffed to take my PB so low. I managed to go through the 50min mark for the first time a few weeks ago, and this week I got to the cusp of the golden Sub45mark. I just couldn’t find the burst at the end to carry it through … this time! I am more than chuffed with how things are going though, I am feeling in the best shape of my life and cannot wait for the first race in the series, The Great North Run which is just 30 days away! To hit PB times over both 5km and 10km in the same run feels pretty damned good!
In the meantime, fundraising is going well with auctions flying right now – YOU CAN FIND THEM ALL RIGHT HERE
There’s everything from Formula 1 to Doctor Who, Golf Balls to Signed Rugby Shirts. Check them out while you can 🙂
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I have no idea how August has come around so fast, but it means several awesome things are just around the corner for my fundraising. We are now just 41 days away from the start of #The4RaceChallenge with the Great North Run first up in Newcastle in September. It also means we are not too far away from launching the 2017 Celebrity Xmas Card Auction with loads of amazing items coming up for grabs in that… I normally launch it in late August, but I have a lot of cards here, so we will see, I might bring it forward a wee bit. In the meantime there are loads of brilliant items up for grabs right now on my ebay page…. RIGHT HERE!
Please check them out 😀
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 –