Walking the walk – Edinburgh 2013

Hi all

Please find race report from Jo Farwell regarding here marathon moonwalk for charity. The Fundraising page is below


Walking the walk – Edinburgh 2013

A few photo’s from Saturday nights / Sunday morning’s marathon moonwalk.

We didn’t start until 11.45pm, so a little frustrating waiting around for 3hrs, but a good time was had by all. Even my trotters survived, with just one blister on my heel and that didn’t stop us romping home the last 4 miles, taking numerous scalps along the way!!

It was a bit miserable in the wee small hours of Sunday morning between 2 and 4am, it got quite cold and there was a bit of drizzle but there was something quite special about seeing the sun come up over the coast in the quiet of the morning….saying that the hot chocolate helped!!

Finished in just short of 7hrs, and we were so glad that we didn’t have to go around again, unlike the crazy ladies that were doing the ‘Over the Moon’ double marathon!

So all in all a good weekend, the weather was kind to us and we managed to raise a little bit of money for a great cause.

Jo xx

Walking the WAlk 2 Walking the walk 3

The hospice half — 20,000 quid!

haltonhavenFor the first time in our 32 year history we had to cancel our January Half Marathon because of treacherous snow and ice conditions. Many of our suppliers were incredibly generous in waiving their fees with just 24 hours notice of the cancellation, for which we thank them. Just as significant though were the individual small acts of kindness of our runners who chose to donate their refunds to charity.

Particular mention to our headline sponsor Essar, for their continued support for the race that never was — great to rely on them in these changing times.

With some swift programming from fabian4 we were able to offer automated refunds for participants (after costs for things like traffic closures, race numbers, chips, etc) …but we also gave our runners the option to donate their entry fees, which they did overwhelmingly by two to one!

What all this adds up to is that we were able to make our usual contributions to the community groups that normally help us out on the day and make two very significant donations to our bigger causes — the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Backford, Chester and Halton Haven, Runcorn — both providing incredible support to people with some serious health problems. Many of us in the club have been touched by the services they offer whether directly to loved ones or further afield to friends, neighbours, etc.

The two major donations of just over £10,100 each should make things easier for the two hospice organisations for a short time at least. Both hospices rely on donations to keep the doors open and it is a continuing challenge just to keep running, so were very pleased to be able to do our little bit. Rather than just post a cheque we decided to get a run in anyway and deliver the two cheques by hand…

hospiceSo it was that we met in Backford early on Sunday morning, 2 June. The cheque handed over and a lovely reception from the staff there and we set off into the sunshine, stopping off at the club some 8 miles later to pick up a couple more recruits and refresh with juice and jelly babies. We continued on familiar ground through Frodsham and out the other side towards Runcorn, with just a final miserable hill at 13 miles between ourselves and our final destination at Halton Haven …they all seem big after 2 hours running! Thanks to the 20 or so club stalwarts for turning out on Sunday morning for the Hospice Half, and for our drivers, photographers and juice providers. 14.6 miles all in, so a Long Half really!

Many thanks again to our suppliers, our race entrants and our supporters for making it possible and for the two hospices for looking after us so well. If you’re looking to do a bit of fundraising yourself we can’t think of a finer cause.

Lots more pictures from the day at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2frzox4gzhq52bn/YdqZfF5FT_?n=156331975

Four villages half marathon 2013

Joy - Four Villages Half MarathonThe race was cancelled because of the weather and you should have had email updates. We still have a few reduced T-shirts for sale and commemorative finisher’s mugs for anyone that wants to collect or cover the postage.

One of our goals has always been to support local community groups and charities. Many runners have been in touch to ask that their money be donated to charity. Thank you!  We’ll be back!

The refund window has now closed.

Pic courtesy of Mick Hall photos.

Run the Liverpool Marathon for Mencap

I am writing to ask whether any of your runners would like one of our free places for the Liverpool Marathon 2012, which takes place on Sunday 14th October. We are a local charity that supports people with a  learning disability across Merseyside.

I have attached a leaflet to give you more information about what we do, and how you can sign up for one of our places. We would be incredibly grateful if you could circulate this to anyone that may be interested in running for us.

Kindest regards,
Chloe Harvey

Mencap Liverpool Marathon flyer