A Plea For Sponsorship + Injury Worries (2 for 1 Blog today!)

You buy one, you get one free, I say you buy one, you get one free!

My blog today is firstly about sponsorship, and then talking about injury worries. Hang on… I covered that already with the title… Don’t go skipping the begging bit though! It’s not like those TV adverts where you can just turn over, or turn the sound down, or throw a cake at the screen. Not at all.

Sponsorship Begging Plea 

WARNING! There is going to be lots of capitals, exclamation marks, bold typeface, and pictures of puppies WARNING!


The above link is for my sponsorship page, as you can see (if you clicked. CLICK IT!) my target is £300.00. That is, I want to raise AT LEAST £300.00 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Charity. The entire cost for the lifetime of a Guide Dog, from being trained as a puppy up until it retires (and becomes a Watch Dog. Golden Watch for retiring and it’s a dog… Nevermind) the TOTAL cost for the training/feeding/equipment/dentasticks is £49’800.

This is how much a Guide Dog costs

£49’800. That’s more than I earn in a whole month! To put my target into perspective, if I raised my target of £300.00 I would have to run the Great North Run 166 times to fund JUST ONE DOG! As the Great North Run is once a year, I don’t think I’ll live long enough to do that, so I need help with sponsors.

Is this cute puppy making you want to sponsor?

If you don’t want to sign up to Just Giving, because who likes filling out forms? You can send a quick and easy text from anywhere in the world (I think) using a free service from Vodafone. You don’t even have to be on Vodafone to donate.

You text 70070 from your mobile followed by code HATB61 followed by amount you want to donate in GBP (£). You can donate 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 this way. So for example, to donate £3.00 you’d text:

To: 70070
HATB61 £3

Easy as that! And quick! Quick and easy! As that!

I am so so happy for every single pound that I receive that sometimes I do a little dance in my chair. Join in, and make me dance.

So far I’ve had donations from family and friends (thanks Mum, Sarah’s Parents Susan and Ironman Tony, Duffman, Sheena & Leon, Tikka John, Vicky, Anna, Steven + Paula + Alex, Charlotte, Duffmans Claire, and Jeanette) but also donations from people I know on Facebook but have never met (Andrea, Lesley, Emma), someone I know on Facebook and have met once (Neil), someone who lives in Hawaii who I’ve never met, and I only know because he shares my name (Marc…obviously), and someone who donated because he likes my blog (Keith). Blown away by the generosity of strangers!

Please, please, please, even if it’s just a pound, send it!


(This is not the last of my begging.)

Injury Worries

On the 19th August I ran the Birchwood 10k (You know this, you read my blog and you chuckled.) Since that day, my left foot has been hurting. The first few days it was painful to stand up for a long period of time, since then it’s eased off a bit but still sore when standing for any amount of time.

I’ve had a look on the internet (never a good idea when injured/ill, normally turns out you’re dead) and it seems that it’s a complaint called Plantar Fasciitis (pronounced fa-shee-eye-tiss) and seems to be caused by bad running posture. I didn’t have this problem with the other 10k I did so I’m wondering what went wrong. I didn’t even notice it was hurting until I got home and went out again. (An hour after the run) so I’m thinking maybe I should’ve stretched a bit after the run.

Here is the worry. On Sunday, I have another 10k run. (The Great Yorkshire 10k) and haven’t done ANY running or exercise for two weeks because of the pain in my foot. Further than that, the Great North Run is in two weeks time, and I don’t want to re-aggravate the injury this weekend so will have to take it slow and steady. Does anyone know a good cure/something to help? Do I use ice or heat? I’m hoping my blog update about the Great Yorkshire 10k on Sunday/Monday will be a nice upbeat one about needless worrying, and not about trips to the doctors…

One more thing:

Another cute puppy to get your sponsors! Aww, bless it!

17 thoughts on “A Plea For Sponsorship + Injury Worries (2 for 1 Blog today!)

  1. PF – ouch! I hope you can recover from it in time for the Great North. It might be worth looking at your running shoes as well. Bad running posture or even (and this is from experience) injury can be caused by shoes that are not designed to support your foot pronation.

  2. If you think its PF, try to find a massage therapist in your area who does something like “Foot scraping” and use the water bottle and the golf ball. My Massage person does this to my feet…it is very unpleasant, but my feet are in a lot better shape because of her.

  3. +1 for the golf ball thing. I also wear insoles to help support my foot, especially in the morning when it can be really bad. I also went to see my chiropractor who did some work on the heel spur I’d acquired. I hate to say it, but I think rest is your best option. I’m pretty sure that Runners World had some exercises for PF online. Good luck with your fundraising; I’m running for The Dogs Trust and have managed just over £200 so far. I’m getting in touch with my local papers for some extra publicity.

  4. I just had a similar injury. Couldn’t run for a week, even missed my 5K . I ended up going to the doctor and he advised another complete 1 week rest (no running but swimming is ok). Am also given Guposine (steroid based) treatment for 9 days, a muscle relaxant for nights and pain killer -which I really need if I stand too long because it hurts like hell. Turns out I have tendinitis from overstressing the tendons in my left foot. I’m told to attend 3 physios. Doc also told me not to stress too much about it because with rest, it will go away. BUT If I start again without resting the mucles enough, I’ll risk having a lifetime of recurring pain and injury. (Sorry, I am usually this long winded 😉 )

    I think you ought to see someone in sports medicine or an orthopaedic just to be sure.

  5. Great entry. I hope you get more donations. You and the guide dogs deserve it 🙂

  6. I’ve had that before. Freeze a water bottle to roll under your foot. Also try rolling a golf ball under your foot.

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