All posts from: April 2012
Running the marathon has caused me to do any number of unexpected things over the last few months. Getting up at five in the morning, turning down a Friday night pint, buying yoghurts… The list of unnatural experiences goes on and on.
But of all the things I’ve endured, standing next to my news editor, Nick Duxbury, dressed as a genie in a lamp - with an unfortunately positioned spout to boot – for the duration of a photo shoot that felt like it took longer than the closing stages of the last Lord of the Rings film, was by far the worst.
It was all for a good cause of course. Nick and I joined fellow runners Sandra Maguire from Genesis Housing and Midland Heart’s John Taylor in a sun-kissed Green Park a couple of weeks ago for our feature on the hardships of marathon training and to promote the work done by HACT, for which we are plodding 26.2 miles around east London later this month.
Nick’s daring green and red ensemble, currently lying in a heap in a forgotten corner of the Inside Housing offices, was supplied by Gentoo, which sponsored him to the impressive tune of £300. Personally I’d have added an extra zero to that figure if anyone asked me to wear the thing, but that’s just me…
For my part, all I can offer my sponsors is a kind word and the chance to feel good about themselves.
Given which, it’s time for me to thank… Lovell, Pinnacle PSG, South Yorkshire Housing Association, Trowers & Hamlins, TLT, Circle, Orbit, Drivers Jonas Deloitte, Awics and, most of all, Apollo. Your generosity is appreciated by me and everyone at HACT.
Oh, and the running? Yeah, it’s going fine, thanks for asking. But I can’t wait to get my life back.