Well, what a damp squib of a summer. Already nearly August and before you know it children will be back at school and your diaries are full with all the runs that a busy September and October brings. The Great Manchester Run and the Bupa 10k back in May seem in the distant past now. For those of you who couldn’t join us in Manchester you not only missed the rain but you also missed dinner in the beautiful Grade I listed town hall courtesy of Nova: what a stunning building.
The highlight of the evening was certainly the interview with Haile Gebrselassie; it is easy to understand why he is such a great sports ambassador, his vivaciousness, warmth and charm came across with every smile. The run the following day went well apart from poor Richard who really struggled with an injury, which didn’t bode well for his forthcoming Cardiff Ultra Marathon, but being a true hero he got to the finishing line and battled up those stairs for lunch!
Bank Holiday Monday was a busy day for London Marathon as, in addition to the 10k, they were testing out the 2012 Marathon course and also the wheelchair athletes were trying out the Paralympic route which apparently has to be tweaked after problems were reported with some tight corners and a cobbled stretch. This, combined with Paula Radcliffe competing in her first run in 18 months, meant there was a lot of media coverage which was great for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research!
Before you go and learn your lines or get back to a bit of sunbathing (the eternal optimist), please don’t forget to get back to us on whether you would like to get involved in the Great Swims or Triathlons so that we can work on possible sponsors. Also, if you have any ideas for challenges/events you would like to do let us know so that we can support you and do what we can to help. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research have just organised a London to Lisbon bike ride for four 16/17 year olds which was quite an undertaking but has been a great success. We’d love to hear about any ideas you have…however unusual! We know actors do the funniest things.
Take a look at the list of runs coming up and let us know which ones you would like to do: there are 10ks, 10miles, half marathon and full marathons from Newcastle to Portsmouth. What a choice!
See you soon.
Ken and Dawn