By Paul ... Thanks to the incredible generosity of friends, family and work colleagues, we passed the midway target for the 555 Challenge today, with £5000 raised and still 5 weeks to go until the London marathon finale! It also means that I will be fulfilling my pledge to run the Reading Half Marathon tomorrow dressed as my nickname and namesake, the Honey Monster.
So, I am all carbed up and hitting the hay early tonight, feeling a mixture of excitement and sheer dread for what lies ahead tomorrow. I know I have 13 miles of running comfortably in my legs as I have been running 17 – 19 milers regularly over the last few weeks, building up endurance for the marathon. What I don’t know is if I have 13 miles of sweating, gasping and stumbling in me, as that yellow head of fur is hot, claustrophic and pretty low on vision. But, hey, it’s all for a good cause and will definitely be something to say that I did, just the once in my lifetime! ;0)
The Honey Monster pledge has not only been great for our fund raising efforts but has also led to a busy week for the 555 Challenge and spreading the word about Cardiomyopathy and what a great job the charity does supporting those affected by it. I was interviewed earlier in the week by our local newspaper, the Reading Chronicle so hope to see some words in their next edition about the challenge, and also managed to get a mention on Reading’s local online news site, Get Reading – http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/local-news/go-go-go-years-reading-8822835
I was also fortunate enough to get onto Phil Kennedy’s drivetime show on BBC Radio Berkshire on Thursday, and really pleased that Louise could join us on air via Skype from Dubai, so she could tell her story about Chris, Cardiomyopathy and the 555 Challenge. I was pretty nervous waiting to go into the studio but have to give full repsect to the skill of Phil. It was really impressive to see how a chat show DJ can put everyone at ease and keep the conversation flowing on air for almost 15 minutes, with any subject thrown at him. So, all in all, it was a great experience, will help keep building momentum in reaching the challenge’s fund raising goal, and was hopefully reasonably entertaining and worthwhile to listen to. You can hear the interview heer if you are interested, just fast forward to about 37 minutes in – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02l48xd#auto
Anyways, enough blogging for now, I’ll be back tomorrow to tell the Tale of Sweat-Mas, here’s hoping it is a happy tale!
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