Medals from the races I included in my 2012km Gold Challenge where I ran this distance in 1 year leading up to the London Olympics. Fundraising for Cancer Research UK
Drum roll please…. I completed my 2012km Gold Challenge last night. Managed it in 1 year. Finished my last run at 7.30pm last night so just about had time to get changed & settle in with a curry to watch the Opening Ceremony (how great was that?!).
This is me with my medals from the races I included in my challenge. This includes my 1st ever marathon - London :)
Did the Bupa 10k, Central London today. Far too hot for my liking (26C) but managed to make it round in 58:40. Another 10km in the bag for my 2012Km Gold Challenge for Cancer research UK.
A good race with slick organising etc. Mo Farah was back to defend his title at this race. I saw him fly past at about 7.5km and I was just at 2.5km!
I’m currently in Eagan, Minnesota for work for a couple of weeks but managed to squeeze in a weekend break to NYC with my parents.
As I’m still working on my 2012km Gold Challenge for Cancer Research I have been clocking up some mileage on this trip too. Tomorrow I get to run in Central Park, NYC. This is what the park looks like from the top of the Rockefeller Center.
How iconic is running in Central Park?? So excited :)
Tomorrow I’ll be running my first ever marathon - London. I’m actually quite excited. Thought I’d be nervous as hell by now but I’m not nervous at all. Really looking forward to the whole experience. Everyone is saying, there’s no better year than this year to do it what with the Olympics etc.
I’m running for Cancer Research. And the marathon mileage will go towards the 2012km Gold Challenge I’m doing. Here’s my fundraising video:
Here’s my justgiving page if you would like to support:
I never win things so totally forgot I’d entered a competition to attend an event called ‘Breakfast with Champions’. For once, I actually won. And the prize was awesome.
20 or so prize winners were lucky enough to get themselves up at some ungodly hour this morning (I was up at 5:20am) to get to the event start by 6.45am, Bloomsbury, Central London. We were there to meet, run and talk to Paula Radcliffe and Shelly Woods.
After a short warm up we went for a short run with Paula and Shelly. The GMTV cameras were rolling the whole time so we got our few minutes of fame on breakfast TV today.
After the run we had breakfast in the local Holiday Inn. I carb loaded on pastries and croissants! Then Paula spent forever signing autographs and posing for pics with us. She would have continued for longer except they wanted a short Q&A session too.
I asked what would their biggest tip be for first time marathoners. Paula’s tip was to wear clothing, shoes that you’re used to running in. No new stuff. Shelly’s tip was to have a good meal filled with slow release energy the night before.
Aside from that, I could only sting together a few words when Paula was signing my number. All I could muster was ‘Hi Paula, you’re amazing’. Seriously, I couldn’t come up with something better than that?!
We were all in awe of Paula. I thought she came across really well. Both Paula and Shelly are lovely people and true inspirations. My london marathon nerves have gone (for today at least).
Today’s event was such a great experience:)
Current marathon world record holder Patrick Makau at the London Marathon Expo today. You could feel the whole crowd just be in awe when he was talking. Wow!
And tomorrow, I get to run with Paula Radcliffe. What an honour:)
100m sprint, Olympic Park, Gold Challenge Stadium Day. 1st April
I was honoured to be amongst the 1000 or so lucky people who got to race 100m (or 4 x 100m) at the Olympic Park as a test event for the Olympics. And a special thank-you to those of us taking part in the Gold Challenge.
The Olympic Park is huge! The venues look complete from the outside. I must say the whole site is amazing. Bodes well for the Games in the summer :)
As well as the very special buzz from being one of the first inside the Olympic Park and using the track. It was great to meet some of the other Cancer Research fundraisers who are all doing really well with their own Gold Challenges and fundraising. One girl is doing 20 Olympic sports. A couple of chaps are taking on endurance challenges like me but are including their first triathlons. Iron man level I might add! Amazing, amazing…
If you have been following this blog you will know I’m doing the 2012km Gold Challenge for Cancer Research. The plan is to complete running that distance by day 1 of the Olympics (27th July). I am on track to complete the distance and have been fundraising along the way.
My mileage will come from training and races including my first marathon - London Marathon, 22nd April. I’ve collected some race medals so far during my challenge. All are special in their own way. I think the 100m medal from the Gold Challenge Day will have to rank amongst the most special for me :)
Another medal to add to the collection - 100m Sprint, Olympic Stadium as part of the Gold Challenge Day.
Was so awesome to meet the other Cancer Research fundraisers and be in the Olympic Park. The venues look amazing.
100m at the start line looks pretty long. Then its all over in seconds. Was amazing :)
I’ll be running 100m on the Olympic Park, 1st April for Cancer Research. Event is the Gold Challenge Stadium Day.
What an honour :)
My legs were still sore yesterday from the 18 mile run on saturday so I swapped my rest days round. Rest is am important part of training! Rather than run with everyone at Crystal Palace Fun Runners last night as normal, I’m off for a run now. Winter is definately over given its only just getting dark in London :)
Anyways, I think my legs are up to a 6 mile run. Will report on the other side….
Running diary says I’ve run 245 miles in 2012 so far. On track to complete my 2012km Gold Challenge by the start of the Olympics. And on track to complete my first marathon - London marathon, 22nd April.
This is going to be a great year for running :)
Am so excited!! I’ll be running 100m in the Olympic Stadium thanks to the Gold Challenge and the fundraising I’m doing for Cancer Research UK. The Gold Challenge Stadium Day is Sunday 1st April. I’ll be amongst some of the lucky,lucky members of the public who get to run on the 100m track during the ‘test event’ day.
WOO HOO :)
Am practicing my Usain Bolt pre-race pose already :)