petition time


Just a quick update on the politics side of things as I haven’t done one in a while.  Today I received an email from  Talking about another petition to bring the issue of food banks and food poverty back to the governments limelight.  I’d encourage everyone to sign it as if it receives enough signatures then the issue has to be raised in parliament, and I think that keeping it active and reminding MP’s who have the nations purse strings what some people are going through is very important.

Please do have a read through it and add your name if you can, it only takes seconds and it all helps to bring about the change that’s needed.


Sorry for the lack of recent updates on here I’m afraid I have been a bit out of action recently due to bouts of various illness.  I really hate being ill and luckily enough for me it does seem to be a rare occurrence but the last two weeks I seem to have picked up everything going and made up for the last healthy 18 months.  But that aside I’m now back to health and back training. 

This week was a good one with two very heavy cardio circuit classes and three good runs at lunchtime, with one taking in a decent bit of hill running.

So with me back on the training wagon I thought it was time to look at filling in the time between now and the big day with a few more fun trials and tests.  I have already signed up for the zombie run at the end of March and have had some donations towards my £26 goal for the end of February which if I can crack my total will mean I’ll sign up for the Huddersfield Marathon. 

However on top of those I have been thinking about having a go at Hadrian’s wall over the summer, two days to walk the full length of the wall.  The plan is to do it with a friend of mine, Martin, and stop half way at a b&b so we can go light and go fast.  But of course 84 miles in two days is not something to just do on a whim so to see if we are both in the right sort of shape to give it a go we’re planning on a trial route along the Calderdale way taking in most or all of the 50 miles that circular route has to offer.  Time however always seems to be tight for both of us so picking a date to do the tester walk was difficult and it ended up falling on the 29th of March, which for those observant few will see is the day before the zombie run.  So I think the 5k bit of fun may end up being somewhat more difficult than I imagined with a 50 mile hangover!

One last thing I was thinking about is getting back on my bike now the days are getting longer and so to mark what will be the 7 month countdown to the big day I’m planning on cycling into work next Friday, that’s 16 miles along some of the same route they are using for the Yorkshire leg of the tour de’ France and hers my challenge to all of you.  If I can get my running charity total to £40 by next Friday I’ll run the return trip instead of cycling home.


So to lay it out for you all if I can get a running total of £26 by next Friday it’s my name on the list for the Huddersfield Marathon, but if it gets to £40 then it’s the Marathon and a 16 mile run on top.  So please pop a few quid in if you can, and help me help the welcome centre!

you can donate through my “mydonate” page or contact me to sort out another way if thats easier 

Cheers for now,



Post run

After a quick lunchtime run round some of the footpaths and canals close to work it’s back for a shower then the rest of the afternoon at the desk

Slow week but good news for the event


Well I’m afraid I don’t have a lot to report on this week as far as physical activity goes, I’ve been struck down with a winter cold so have pretty much missed all my morning exercises, circuits and running due to feeling grim.  A real shame as the circuits class I go to has just got a load of new equipment thanks to the fab guy that runs it and I wanted to try to keep using the heart rate monitor for my running as well to see if there was any improvement.  Oh well not a lot I can do about it and at least it’s early enough in my training that it shouldn’t impact too much on things.

However though I have been ill I haven’t been totally idle.  A few weeks ago my sister-in-law told me about an event in Lincoln at the old Ritz cinema that she thought I might be interested in…… 

When I was a kid in Lincoln the Ritz was about the only place to see films and even then the place hailed back to the old style of things with upper and lower stalls, intermissions and ice cream sellers, but years ago it lost out to out-of-town multiplexes and shut before being converted into a pub.  However it seems that the upper floors were left as they were, just blocked off so they sat (in my mind at least) like every dust covered dim cinema that’s ever been featured in a film.  But recently some enterprising folk with a love of the old building have been renovating it and putting on small scale showings of old films and running themed evenings to help fund the place which I think is really great. 

It was one of these themed evenings “Gordons Alive!” that Becky told me about, an evening with Bian Blessed (him of the beard and booming voice!), followed by a showing of 80’s classic Flash Gordon.  Well I have always loved the film from being a kid and I think Brian Blessed is a fantastic guy, a quintessentially British eccentric who came from humble beginnings to try to scale Everest three times and is a reserve cosmonought in Russia, that’s got to be worth a few quid to go and listen to some of his exploits, so ticket bought I was a happy chap.  But then I wondered if it was worth trying to shoe-horn this into what I was doing for the Welcome centre in some way, well I am doing something that is going to push me physically further than I have gone before and though I’m not equating it with climbing Everest there is a parallel there however tenuous.  So with that idea in my head and not much more I tried to find some sort of contact address for Brian.  Well my naivety showed here I think as you know it’s not exactly easy to just get an email for a celebrity as there was no address on Google so instead I took to trying to contact him directly through his face book page, to be honest with little hope of getting anything back.

But thankfully and to my surprise the next day I get a message back from Brian on facebook saying he had read my message and so now as well as listening to some of his stories I’ll be meeting him in person to snap a couple of pics with him and hopefully have him sign a copy of his autobiography which I plan to auction off as part of my fund raising efforts.  So I know it’s not till May but if you like the idea of having a signed copy of Brian Blessed’s autobiography then watch this space!

Well that’s all for now but hopefully next week I’ll be feeling a bit better and more able, things are already in the works and I have a few ideas to keep me going till the event, alongside the zombie run and the marathon I have been wondering about trying to walk Hadrian’s wall over a weekend and also having a slight revival of canal bike ride by doing an 80 mile round trip to Manchester but all of this to come when I have more details.

In the mean time please do consider sticking some cash in to my cause and as I mentioned before if I get the total up to £26 before the end of Feb. I’ll run a marathon for you all!

All donations can be made here and are very much appreciated!