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!

10k Run Tomorrow!

This is a map of the course, as stolen borrowed from the Bupa website. Doesn’t look too bad like that, does it? Nice and steady course, with a handy shower and water station on route, looks lovely! Of course, I know slightly different. I know that the furthest I’ve run so far is 3 miles, and that I’ve tried twice (and failed twice) to do hill runs. The Great North 10k is more than twice my best distance (6.2miles!) and ends with a hill. On the plus side, it also ends with a lap of Gateshead stadium so I might feel like an actual athlete!

My biggest worry is getting a stitch or tripping up (and causing loads of others to domino over me) somewhere along the route. I’ll be fine though, probably just worried because I’ve never entered a race before, have only been running six weeks, can’t run the whole distance and have more than likely forgotten something. I’ll be fine…

Actually, the BIGGEST worry is being exposed as a non-runner. I can see us all lining up at the start, waiting for starters pistol/klaxon or whatever it is, and for someone to shout and point at me. ‘He’s not an actual runner! He’s only been running six weeks and can’t even do the full distance!’ Then everyone will look at me, and laugh, and I’ll have to own up to being new and unready, and someone will throw a tomato like in the films, then I’ll skulk off with egg on my face. (Egg and tomato. Chuck me a sausage and a bit of bacon and I’ve got a breakfast!)

Nah, I know that there’s more than likely others there that are even less prepared than I am and that are just doing it for fun, or for charity, or for both. I’m just seeing it as a kind of warm up the the Great North Run in Sept, a chance to get used to a bit of distance and running in a crowd.

Straight after work I’m on a train to Leeds, then one to Newcastle to stay over at Martyns house so we’re ready for the run in the morning. Chicken and Pasta for tea (to ‘Carb up’) and then Porridge for breakfast. Best stop off somewhere for some Powerade or something too, to keep up energized… It doesn’t start til 10:30 so plenty of time! My group sets off about 10:48 (Pink Group, last Wave) which means I might be one if the last over the line. If I am, I don’t care, just so long as I get over the line! Then I’ll have a few hours rest, before doing the return train journey with a finishers T-Shirt and my first ever medal. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable sleeping in it… (The medal, not the T-Shirt)

If you see either of these, there’s a good chance that it’s me. (Especially the one that has my name and number on.) So please be kind as you race past, and try not to kick up too much dust.

Good luck to everyone involved!