Keep on running!

Posted on July 10th, 2009 | 22 Comments |

One Great North Run wasn't enough (apparently).
One Great North Run wasn't enough (apparently).
Before I go any further, I’d just like to say that I’ve been blown away by the support I’ve received so far via my sponsor page. Most of the donations have come from supporters on blogs such as this and many from non-NUFC fans and to be honest it’s been pretty touching.

Anyway, here’s a brief update – I’ve raised a good amount so far but I need more!

Here’s another update – My knee is knackered. I’ve potentially ruptured the ligaments in my left knee playing against the Mackems from Houghton Town but I need to wait for the swelling to go down before I have a scan. Nevertheless, I’m doing this.

See here for the ironic background to last year’s run and my determination not to let football get in the way of this special event. Will I ever grow up? (that was my mam and the better half’s question, not mine).

Possibly (probably?) against my better judgement, I’ll be running in the 2009 Great North Run. I’m the one on the left in the link to your right and slightly below on the blog and looking a little gormless which was probably anxiety about the prospect of running a half-marathon. A brief story can be found on my fund-raising page but suffice to say, despite my original high hopes it was a bit grim after the halfway point though as you may discover, if you read the full story, that was partly self-inflicted.

Anyway, the important thing is that I’m going to do it all over again.

I’ll be running for the Prostate-Cancer chariddy and would welcome any kind of donation from those who wish to do so. I didn’t have any direct personal reason for supporting this charity but I was approached by them and having read up on the charity I was more than happy to run on their behalf. I’ve sinced discovered several stories where friends or relatives have reason to support me so I’m glad I agreed.

Other than the run, my mate (in the photo and who is also running again for the same charity) helped out in our mate’s coffee house (Leonard’s in Fowler’s Yard) last weekend. They managed to raise in excess of £350 through various sales and competitions and all of that, plus Jon’s wages for the day are going to the charity.

Please consider making a donation if you haven’t already. Even if you don’t donate, spare a thought for me on the day.

I’d set myself what I regarded as a modest target of £400 to raise but it looks like I could realistically excede that with your help. I’m hoping for work to at least match part of it. So far, a mix of Mags, Man Utd, Blackburn and Arsenal fans have raised almost 60% of it which was a very unexpected and welcome gesture. Plus the money from the charity day at the coffee house and together we’ll have made a very worthwhile contribution to a great cause.

Anyway, give it a thought.

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22 Responses

  1. God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, so the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.

    Seriously though, good luck.

  2. Hugh, genuinely bowled over with the donation pal. You and the other lads are renewing my faith in the human race! :-)

    And cheers for the thoughts.

  3. I have a mate who does a fair bit of charity running too. He’s dead keen though – clads himself in skin-tight spandex and all that. I don’t know his times but I gather he’s fairly good.

    I weight train 4 times a week (used to powerlift a bit many years ago) but I only jog a few miles about once a fortnight (slowly) and usually hate it!

  4. Impressive!

    Aye, my footy keeps me relatively fit as it’s a half-decent standard but running 13 and a half miles is a different matter really.

    Just need to avoid making the same mistake and trying to play the day before. Could have done it when I was 18 (whenever that was….) but not anymore.

    I’m looking to get under 2 hrs if I can and then if I decide to do it again I’m doing it in fancy dress.

    I’ll give the spandex a miss though :D

  5. worky – I’ll make sure Rockefeller stumps up!! ;-)

    And thanks for your kind donation mate :D

  6. Cheers Dooce!

    Just been talking about it with my mate in the photo (he lives next door). He’s got some pals up for the weekend and they’re running it too.

    We’re making it sound easy.
    Which it probably seems after a few beers in the afternoon, two months before we have to do it!

  7. Hi.Just thought Id clarify remark on my donation under Fred Parkin.Although Steve died it wasnt from prostate cancer sadly when on holiday in Oz

  8. Thanks for the donation. Bowled over by the support so far.

    I’ll put Steve’s name on my t-shirt.

    I’m off out in 15 mins if I’m not replying later but tell us which team you support?

  9. Not really a football fanatic but always look for NUFC score because of him but suppose reallymine would be Hartlepool.Clearly not a glory hunter like so many I meet in the local pubs where I now live in South East.

  10. Sorry should have thanked you for the gesture of putting Steve’s name on your T shirt.Good luck with the run.

  11. T_F – “Slow and steady wins the race.”

    It’s a half-marathon not a sprint.

    I’m happy with the quality and not so bothered about the numbers to be honest.

    I think it’s definitely bedtime though. 1am and I decided against clubbing. I must be getting old.

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