Okay, so I don’t really know where to start with this… SO much has been happening since I updated last week. I REALLY need to learn to update this blog more often instead of just using social media channels!
So let’s go with the fundraising news first. The Christmas Card Auction is FLYING. I always worry every year about the cards doing well, and not doing justice to the effort that goes into getting them both by myself and my wonderful helpers. This year, I really need to stop worrying. It’s the midway point in November and over £3000 is in the pot this month alone. It’s not all Xmas Cards, but a LARGE part is. Standouts like £190 for a John Le Carre signed card, £90 for one of those Peter Capaldi’s from last week, £50 for a Susan Boyle. It’s amazing. You can find the items currently up for auction BY CLICKING HERE and there will be more cool new ones going on tonight from some BIG BIG NAMES! As you can see, the main man Grado says you should get bidding, and I wouldn’t want to mess with him!
So onto other news…
I have signed up for THREE NEW EVENTS in 2018, and wow are they amazing! New to the calendar are two international events that I am extremely excited about:
- Manchester Marathon – Sunday 8th April 2018
- La Course Eiffage du Viaduc de Millau – Sunday 27th May 2018
- Chicago Marathon – Sunday 7th October 2018
To say I am excited is a understatement. Chicago will mark the third Abbott World Major Marathon I am running next year, and is the fourth in the sixth race series for me overall. Just Tokyo and Boston to go after this! I cannot wait to get back and run in America for the first time since 2010! Manchester falls a fortnight before London, and one I decided to do partly because of the number of people I know running it. I figured it’s something new, and adds a new challenge into the year. My target for Manchester is simple. Sub 4 hour!
The third race there La Course Eiffage du Viaduc de Millau is a bit different. Run in France, as you might have surmised, it comes in at 23.7km and a shade over a half marathon. The selling point on this one (apart from getting to run it with the man, the legend, the machine that is Rey Smart) is that it takes in the world’s biggest bridge, the Millau Viaduct on the route. It just looks breathtaking. I am pretty sure I will be taking some time at the top to take some photos, to hell with the race time when you’ve got a sight like that to take in!
Just take a look at that!
With regards to my entries for these events, Children with Cancer UK have very kindly arranged my place in Manchester while I have secured my own place in Millau. For Chicago I will be running for a new charity, Team for Kids. TFK are the major charity for New York Road Runners, the organisation who gave me my first ever marathon place! I’ve committed to raising $1000 for them as part of running the race, and I am hoping this will open up new and exciting opportunities for me in running, while not detracting for my fundraising with CWCUK. TFK tie in rather well with my belief that kids should get every chance in life, and is key in the ethos of my own employers. They encourage children to get into running, and exercise where they might not have the chance to otherwise. I’m thrilled to be a part of the team.
I’ll be sharing the journey through this blog and my social media channels, but for now …