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2020 Spring Marathon-A-Thon Running 3 Marathons in 3 Months in 3 Countries to Raise Money for Macular Degeneration

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Thank You to the Media

Last week the Macular Society and I said “Thank You” to the media for their help in my 2019 London Marathon Fundraiser. Without the coverage in my local paper, the Bridlington Free Press my story would not have been picked up by BBC Radio Humberside and by Look North (East Riding and Lincolns…

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We Did It!

Well, it's almost a week, now, since I ran the London Marathon, and apart from being treated like a celebrity at my local (Sewerby) parkrun, this morning, I think I'm gradually coming back down to earth. But what an experience! I've titled this post, "We Did It", because although I ran the 26.2 mile…

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I'm Going To Be On The Telly!

This morning a film crew from BBC Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) came to Bridlington to interview and film me for a London Marathon story to be aired later this week. The segment will include three local runners who will be competing in the London Marathon and who are raising money for…

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'Splaining Training Spraining... It's all Good!

Three weeks ago I managed a Personal Best (PB) at the Bath Half Marathon, which I must say came as a bit of a surprise. But in so doing, I sustained some sort of ‘overuse’ strain—hot on the heels of which came a nasty head cold. Together, these gremlins set my training back by almost two weeks… whic…

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Personal Best at Bath Half Marathon

Last weekend my partner and I made the long journey to Bath, in Somerset, to join up with a Macular Society team competing in the Bath Half Marathon. Most of my communications with the Society during my London Marathon Fund Raising Appeal have been through Challenge Events Fundraiser, Kathy King, so…

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Fun Run and Easter Egg Hunt

UPDATE

The Fun Run and Easter Egg Hunt was held on Sunday, April 14th at the Ship Inn at Sewerby, just a mile or so up the coast from Bridlington. There was a small but "Quality" turnout, most participants being members of local running clubs and their children.

I'd spent the previous evening …

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Where Am I?

After the beautiful Spring-like weather of a couple of weeks ago, we've been unceremoniously plunged back into Winter. Yesterday's Sewerby parkrun was a wet and windy affair, with gale-force winds along the cliff tops. And today was no better, with reports of snow falling, just 5 or 10 miles down th…

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Training is Paying Off

Yesterday, Sunday February 24th, was my first open race of the year. This was the 10-mile Snake Lane 10 held in the East Yorkshire countryside around Pocklington, and organized by local club, Pocklington Runners. The weather was perfect, crisp and sunny with very little wind, and the course was as a…

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The Word is Out!

It's been a busy few days here at Fundraising Central. On Friday we were having lunch at one of our favourite pubs, the Ship Inn at Sewerby, and got into conversation with landlord, Charlie Kilburn. Charlie is a fellow member of Bridlington Road Runners and kindly offered to help me with a fundraisi…

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Turning up the Heat!

As you may know if you've read my other blog posts, I am following a professional training plan for my assault on April's London Marathon. This is a bit of a departure for me, because I've played it pretty much by ear for my three previous marathons (and for any other races I've taken part in, come …

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Innov-8tion... That's the Name of the Game

Today was the Chichester 10K in West Sussex. It was the final opportunity to secure a place in the England Athletics Masters Age-Related Team for the Birmingham 10K to be held in May. I ran--not very well--in the team last year, and had been hoping to redeem myself, this year. The first two qualifye…

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Front Page News!

Today I want to say a big 'Thank You' to the Bridlington Free Press (still only £1.05!) and to Senior Reporter, John Edwards. John is always supportive of charity fundraisers and local causes, but this week he and my local paper surpassed themselves in my eyes by giving me a call-out on the front pa…

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It Pays to Advertise

I've been having a bit of a problem with my eyes this past few months... strange objects like bright cog wheels floating across my field of vision. The wonderful doctors at the Bridlington Hospital Eye Clinic have checked it out and they tell me it's nothing to worry about... just the vitreous movin…

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George and Mildred

This week, thanks to the generosity of a couple of neighbours, I reached another milestone in my quest to raise £100.00 per mile for the Macular Society, at the London Marathon. I had spent several days printing and assembling an information package to alert my neighbours to the fundraiser, and on T…

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It's Good News Week...

There's a song title there... anyone else old enough to remember it?!

Today, I had my first visit of 2019 to the eye clinic at Bridlington Hospital. All the staff there are tremendous... friendly, caring, knowledgeable, and efficient. I can't speak too highly of them.

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My macular degenerati…

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Christmas Fun

As mentioned in yesterday's post, today marked Day 1 of my London Marathon training schedule... and I started with a bit of fun.  Some of my Bridlington Road Runners team mates ran a Christmas Eve Half Marathon, which follows the route of the well established Bridlington Half Marathon, held in Octo…

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Two Miles Covered

Today, my sponsorship passed the £200 mark... that's two miles sponsored, out of the 26.2-mile course. Today I also received what I hoped would be my shoes for the race, a pair of Nike Zoom Fly marathon shoes. They come highly recommended, garnering great reviews in Runners World magazine and inde…

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BRR 2018 Christmas Handicap

Sunday December 15th saw the Bridlington Road Runners' annual Christmas Handicap, the second in a three-race series that makes up the Winter League. After winning the title for the past two years, and scoring a runaway victory in the first race, the Constable Handicap, I was hoping for a good race t…

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San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll 5K

Last week I flew to San Antonio, Texas, to visit an old (95 years old!) friend. While I was there, there was a Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Event in full swing and I decided to dip my toes in the 5K. There was a choice of Full and Half Marathons, as well as a 5K and 10K. But I was there visiting, so decid…

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Dangerous Sport

This was the aftermath of the Top of the Wolds 10K in June, which required eight stitches! I also hurt my knee, which ended my 716-day running streak... running every day for at least one mile.

But that's all behind me now and I'm looking forward to doing the race in 2019, when I've been promi…

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