Well at last I thought I had better post something about my favourite multi day race, the No Finish Line race in Monaco.
This was my fourth visit to this event and probably the best so far. We had a nice little team from the U.K. this time. Of course our star was William Sichel and we also had Heather Foundling Hawker, Iveagh Jameson (from Ireland) Abichal Sherrington, Linsey Stewart, Elaine Oddie and of course moi.
Great results by all with William completing 1019 kms for 2nd place and Iveagh in his first multi day race, 758 kms for 8th place overall. Abichal who is a very experienced multi day runner did 500 kms but had to leave before the end due to a commitment at home.
Heather set a U.K. record for 48 hours (sorry Heather, not sure of your distance). Linsey and Elaine both enjoyed their 24 hours and, having set a very ambitious target of 50 kms per day for myself I managed a total of 356 kms (221 miles) not quite reaching my target. Nevertheless I had a great time especially meeting up with my chums David and Andrew who live in Monaco and, of course Alan Young and Tim Rainey from U.K.who were crewing for William. Flight is now booked for 2013 but I will spend more time helping/crewing others and less time competing myself.
Next Friday I will be jetting off to Monaco once again for my favourite multi day race. My target is to complete 50K a day for 8 days to raise more money by sponsorship for my charity Advance International Ministries.
I shall be visiting Kiyindi, Uganda again in January so will have plenty to think about as I go round and round in circles again.
If you wish to sponsor me please follow the link on the right hand side to justgiving.com
Please give generously.
At last, after 2 years planning, I am pleased to announce that our 6 day ultrafest is well and truly on!
With the help of my good friends Alan Young and Abichal Sherrington the races will take place in August 2013.
The website is up and running www.britishultrafest.com
Please contact me if you would like to run or come along and help at the event.
On a beautiful sunny afternoon recently, Gerry, Rose and I organised a cream tea party in a friend, Margarets, beautiful garden. 17 people attended and it was a great success. Gerry and Rose gave a talk about the work in Uganda and we had a raffle. There were so many prizes that everybody went home witth a prize!
A total of £196 was raised for the charity and it is hoped that this will become an annual event.
Thank you to Margaret and Jeremy for hosting the party.
The entry form for next years race can be downloaded by clicking on ‘entry’ above. If you would like to find out more about our charity and see a little film about our project in Uganda, there is a link on the right hand column.
Also, why not check out our Facebook page to see who is coming to the race.
This years race was held on Saturday 28th April on a very wet and windy day at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley. As Race Director it is my responsibilty for arranging the venue, lap recorders, refreshments, weather! and of course the competitors.
This year I accepted a record number of entries (31) in the 12 hour race and 19 in the 6 hours. Continue reading Crawley A.I.M. Charity 6 & 12 hour track race
The plan for John and I for this years Marathon was to try and stay ahead of other runners carrying buckets so we tried to get in to a starting pen further forward than usual as it usually takes about 15 minutes to cross the start line on the Blue start. Unfortunately the marshals were doing their job and each time we tried to ‘push in’ we were sent to the back! So, off we went caught up in the usual crush. Continue reading Virgin London Marathon
Poppy’s health had been deteriorating gradually since July last year when she was diagnosed with a serious heart problem. She was taking medication but was not going to get any better. Walkies were getting less and less and most of her day was spent sleeping. After Christmas it became clear that she was really slowing down and finding diffuculty getting up and down the back door steps.
We decided therefore that it was time to say goodbye but would let her have her 11th birthday on the 1st of April. The following day the vet came to the house and she passed away peacefully to the sound of Bruch’s Violin Concerto, just as Holly had done some 7 years years earlier. She was cremated and her ashes have been buried alongside Holly in our back garden.
We have got used to a dog free house now and are not planning to have another one for the forseeable future.