The Race (For Life) Is The (Glittering) Prize

It was such a great day today. The weather conditions were perfect. Temps in the high teens, cloudy with a light breeze. Unlike last year when I was a disorganised idiot and turned up 5 minutes before race time, I got there in plenty of time this time.
There didn’t seem to be as many people taking part this year as last year but hopefully we raised just as much. Hopefully more! I certainly raised far more this year. Current total is at £282 (the Just Giving page can take donations until July 20th!), which is beyond my £250 target, and over FOUR TIMES as much as my tally for last year (a meagre £68!).

I did my 10km in 1 hour 39 mins – not exactly Steph Twell (10km in 31 min 8 sec!!! FUCK OFF PT1!) or Eilish McColgan (10km in 31 mins 16 sec! FUCK OFF PT2!) but I at least did the course! And did the full 10km, and not just piked out at 5km.
I had my usual Simple Minds mix on Spotify as my race companion. The mix started with Oh Jungleland – which was kinda a little bit…Grrrr! Seeing as I had initially signed up doing this year’s Race For Life in Glasgow but by April I knew that wasn’t going to be and gave Race For Life a call to see if I could switch it to Luton. Fingers crossed next year’s can happen in Glasgow.
At about the 2.5km point Lostboy’s The Wait Pt1 and 2 played and I really picked up the pace (the course narrows and is a bit of a bottleneck between the 1km-3km mark, and it makes it difficult to pass people and get a pace on – esp. as we all set off and there are so many more 5km participants at the start) and started to pass quite a few people.
A couple of versions of Four Letter Word (the Planet Funk track that came out earlier in the year – Jim on vocals) played, live versions of She’s A River and Don’t You, Promised You A Miracle, the acoustic version of New Gold Dream and then THIS…I LOOOOOOVE this live version of Glittering Prize. I think it might be my favourite live version. I just find it the most uplifting, most positive…life-affirming version. It’s just glorious. And you can just hear how completely “in it” Jim is that night.

So after it played once, I hit the rewind button so it played again. And when it was done, I played it AGAIN…and then AGAIN. Four times over. It took me from the 6km mark to the 9km mark.
So, we’re all done for another year. And I am happy with my effort and absolutely OVER THE MOON with all you guys for helping me raise such a fab amount of money. THANK YOU! You guys rock!
Stay tuned because, honestly, a promise is a promise and I have NO INTENTION on reneging on that promise. On Tuesday, all you £10+ donors are having your names put into a draw for the Somebody Up There Likes You print. The winner will be drawn on FB Live and announced over my social media.
Once again, thank you all for the donations. Let’s do it again (hopefully in Glasgow!) next year 😘😘😘😘
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10km Race For Life – 5 Weeks To Go

I raised a miserly £68 last year. If any of you reading this would like to donate, please?! If I could get anywhere near £250 (that’s my target for this year. I had it at £150 last year and barely got halfway there. Don’t like my chances this year, then!) in funds raised, I’d be over the moon. Please consider it?
Please click on the image below (a montage of my efforts last year) to be taken to the donation page. As an extra incentive…the highest donor will get their own personalised art print – SM based or otherwise. THERE YOU GO! No excuses NOT to donate now! Highest donor gets a special Prip print! Get donating!
At the moment – Rob, the print is yours! I can see you with a special Barrowland Star “stinky pies” print. Lol

I Got A Medal And Everything…

I had never done anything like this before. Entered a race for charity. A 10km event.
I walked it, expecting it would take me some 2 hours to get around….but I did it in 1hr 47m 26s – I might have even done quicker than it seems as I didn’t set off quickly. I was right at the back of the pack. But I soon made up time.
I listened to Simple Minds on shuffle mode on my way round. Nearly lost it when Wonderful In Young life played around the 4km mark…and then a brilliant live version of New Gold Dream played and I was spurred right on. Thanks for the motivation, guys! Love you!
And to those who donated too. Love you guys too! So much xx
Happy with my time and my medal 🙂
And…all for my bro. Hope he was proud.

The Six Mile Smiling Selfie…

I managed a six mile walk last night. The first time! I’ve walked 4 and 5 miles plenty of times, but not 6. Well, I actually did just over six. To be exacting, I did 6.13 miles…so my route via mapometer told me. The selfie below was taken after I returned from said six mile walk…
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Anyway, I am jubilant…but knackered! Lol
I’ll be doing a Race For Life charity walk on Sunday (June 24th) – so if any of you good people out there would like to give a donation to Cancer Research UK on my behalf? It would be HIGHLY appreciated.
The link to my donation page can be found HERE. Anything you can donate will be greatly received. All donations go directly Cancer Research UK.
I’ll let you know how I do on Sunday. I’m not expecting to set the world on fire with a time or anything…and I am not running, just walking.
As one wise fellow once said…the race is the prize!