My Marathon journey for Elfrida Rathbone Camden

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My Marathon journey for Elfrida Rathbone Camden

I'm running the London Marathon to raise funds for Elfrida Rathbone Camden - if you would like to donate please follow this link. I'd like to use this blog to tell you a bit more about ERC where I have been Director since 2007 and how I'm getting on with my training. 

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Best bit: finally walking back slowly into the Assembly House (where I went for a stiff drink after my interview at Elfrida Rathbone Camden 7 years ago) and getting a round of applause not just from our friends, supporters and young people but from the ...

One more post

Well firstly congratulations to all of the people who managed to get round by whatever means. And if anyone didn't..that was just a practice ahead of the time when you do. My sympathy and commiseration as well for the family of the person who died. Noth...

Team Elfrida

Who says running isn't a team sport? Runner 51455 ready to roll (stride, stumble, crawl...)  

How I Learned to Love Cheshunt

Back in the late 90s/early 2000s my hockey club Vauxhall (of Luton) had a very intense (to say the least!) rivalry with Cheshunt in our division of the East Hockey League. There were a lot of sendings off and much bitterness in quite a few of those matc...

Nipple Protection 2 - The Rec...

Got the expensive trainers. Got the energy gels. Got the shirt and shorts. Now the last piece of the marathon jigsaw is in place. Bring it on! [Thank you Mr. Middleton!]

The end is nigh

Wow. Near the end now. Not quite sure how that time flew by but it has. Itching really to do more and more miles but taking the wise advice from others that this is the time to wind down. So I am. I guess now it's quality rather than quality and had a l...

17th Heaven

Reached 17 miles today. Really pleased. The most beautiful morning too. Felt more like a fast ramble in the countryside than a run. A hard painful ramble but made it: used my tactic of running up the canal wth no other way of getting home than to run ba...

A Word from My Sponsor

I had an email of encouragement at the weekend from Chris one of our ex-students and who is now also involved in activities of Young People for Inclusion a group of young disabled people who ERC supports to meet and work together. Rather than me rattlin...

Nipple Protection

Ah that got your attention didn't it. Let's see how that increases my post views. But I only mention it because having just turned 50 I now know what I will wear during the race. Despite the warnings not to wear anything too fancy I just have to wear th...

A Game of Two Calves

A very average (running) week. Last Monday I set off to run to work (having gone into the office the night before to leave my bike and a change of clothes) - made it about a mile and then had to pull up with pain and tightness in my right calf - somethi...

Thank You Lindsay!

Right now I'm enjoying a hot chocolate in the sun at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre while my son does his diving training. Yesterday though I was in Nottingham on a training course and i made a point of getting up early to have a run round the ci...

Easing my way back..

A little baby run. Have had to have a little gap because really did my back in. Kept cycling and stretching as they advise but did get anxious about the days I was off. But it felt ok tonight...my body seemed to remember that it can run. Off to Nottingh...

Halfway there? Sort of

I know it doesnt really work like that but was really nice to reach the stage where I could say I could run a half-marathon. Thats the furthest I've run since high school cross country 40ish years ago and it felt a lot more rewarding. Beautiful route to...

Reached £1000 in our fundraising

Thank you to all the supporters, friends, relatives and just ERC-well wishers who helped us get to £1000 in our marathon campaign by the end of January. Makes me feel humbled, a little in awe but certainly inspired and not-so-alone when I'm trodding the...

First run to work

Hmm so wet and cold but the example of someone else on this forum that I read last night really helped. And I guess it wasnt so far. Plus there was a fantastic hot shower at our neighbourhood health centre after I arrived at the office (had to run a bit...

The H-word

I cycle to work most days but until recently hadn't logged the journey as a formal part of my training even though it is 6 miles each way. However I've attached the map to this post today purely because whereas previously I took a meandering route to ab...

Procrastination will be along...

Yuck. I admit it. Yesterday I couldnt face this which God sent down to punish my beloved Luton Town for crimes which UKIP havent got round to defining as yet. Today however was quite a mild day although drizzly in East London. So I fiddled with the heat...

A little excursion to Stokey ...

Two little runs to Cafe Z in Stoke Newington and back either side of meeting my colleague Tony Bamforth of the Elfrida Society in Islington (www.elfrida.com). It's slightly confusing but several UK charities can trace their current work back to the visi...

Another sunny little run

Up and down the canal to Three Mills again. I might be wrong but feels like my body is tarting to hate this less...

A night time run

Was very lazy today (well lazy and trying to sort out our temperamental boiler on a proper chilly day) so I missed the daylight. Didnt fancy the canals in darkness but really wanted to get out after running so well yesterday so took the route up the Lea...

Pics of our 30th Birthday Cel...

Some lovely pics here of the December Leighton students' art exhibition evening and our 30th birthday celebrations:http://bit.ly/1kroL4Y Courtesy of our friends and partners London Transport Museum  

30th anniversary video

For our 30th year celebrations the Leighton students worked with our tutor Marian to create a short film linking the vision of the original Elfrida Rathbone with what we work to achieve now. You can see the film here

After the Manflu.....

Wow...that was a gap. But I got back out today after being laid low by a cold. I know I'm going to have to toughen up before the real day. But it was a lovely sunny day to get out and go round Hackney Marshes by the Lea River, through Wick Woodland and ...