May 24 2013

From the dispatch box – the final email

So with under 24-hours to go, I’ve sent an all-inclusive email and Facebook note to just about everyone I know reminding them (or letting them know again :)) about tomorrow’s event.

Here’s the note again:


Dear family, friends, colleagues, villagers, touchliners, acquaintances, family again and everybody!

[Again, humble apologies if you receive this more than once – it means you’re popular enough to exist on more than one of my mailing lists :).]

Less than 24 hours now until the 100km London2Brighton race. Nerves are starting to jangle even more than before. I head to Windsor later this afternoon for a final resting stop before being chauffeur-driven to the starting line (thanks Dad!). My start time has been adjusted to Saturday 25th May at 6:00am although I don’t expect it will make much of a difference, I still hope to finish before dusk! I can report that after a last minute panic, my new trainers have arrived safely, just in time for a final 3-mile run last night. On a bright note, the weather looks perfect for running, sunny and cold!

I will be mic’ed-up on the day, so anyone can phone to find out where I am. My number is 07768 876234. Or you can track me online using MapMyTracks.com positioning (set up by the event to follow all the runners). The link is here, or on my blog:

As usual, I’ve been humbled by the generosity of so many people and a heartfelt thanks to all. There’s still plenty of time to contribute to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the benefactor of this absurd challenge. You can go directly to the JustGiving page:

Or you can donate by text :). Simply text  UVOS55  £5  to 70070 as below. You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 using this method and you get a chance to Gift Aid and add a comment afterwards by following a simple link.


It would be great to hear the texts popping as I’m running along. Inspiration comes from many directions, and helping to raise money for a great cause is one such direction that I never underestimate. Running his challenge is crazy, and at times has seemed impossible. But whereas I’ll be fine again in a few weeks, those suffering with Cystic Fibrosis have a mightier challenge every day just to get by with some semblance of normality in their lives.

So please help the trust conquer the debilitating condition, or at least help them to find ways to increase the quality of life of its many sufferers.

A big thank you to all your generous donations and kind supportive comments!


I’ll doubly reiterate that again here. Thanks you so much to all the great support I’ve been getting!



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