Sunday, 23 August 2015

The Run Geordie Run AROUND THE WORLD BALL

Tickets are still on sale for the Run Geordie Run "Around The World" Ball. The fundraiser, in aid of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children's Foundation, will take place at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle on Saturday October 10th 2015.


The ball will be hosted by radio's Sony Gold Award winning duo Gary and Lisa and musical entertainment will be provided by the superb party band; "Tiny Afro". There will be the usual host of games, raffles and auctions. Although many of them with a twist and not your usual charity ball fare. Previous attendees will know that the quality of the food at The Biscuit Factory is second to none and we are working on a unique "Around The World" themed menu.


The ticket price is £55 each or £500 for a table of 10.

The last Run Geordie Run charity ball in 2011 was a complete sell out so please act quick to take to avoid "massive disappointment". At the time of writing, over half of the tickets have now been sold.

If you would like to attend, then please download, print and complete the ticket application postal form here or fill in an online form here.


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Segment 4 of the run Around the World

John O'Groats to Lands End (874 miles in 2007), California to New York (3100 miles in 2011) and Perth to Sydney (2384 miles in 2013) have all presented incredibly tough but rewarding charitable challenges. Those epic runs now form the first 3 of 8 segments of the run Around the World in aid of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children's Foundation.  

In a little over 260 days time (1st May 2016) I'll be standing on Guincho Beach near Lisbon, Portugal; the start of the 4th segment of the run around the world.  


If all goes to plan I'll find myself 100 days and 3400 miles across Europe at the finish line under the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey.

Thanks to headline sponsor SOS Group as well as Chapman Ventilation, Fresh Freight Group, Virgin Money, Sport Newcastle, Brooks and CherryActive for helping to make this next segment possible. 

Backed by a superb support team of unpaid volunteers I stand a fair to decent chance of completing the run across Europe in 100 days. 

As the build up to the run intensifies, I'll be keeping the blog up to date with all of the latest goings on in the world of Run Geordie Run. Please be sure to check back regularly. You can also follow the journey on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Update - New Run Geordie Run t-shirts available to buy

Sales of Run Geordie Run t-shirts have raised over £24,000 since they first went on sale in 2009 for local good causes. I'm pleased to announce that there are some new ones now available to buy. 

The first of two new designs, by Dave at Shenton Creative, commemorates the 4th of my 8th segments of the run around the world; Europe.


The design printed on technical fabric (ideal to wear in the gym or out running), proudly carries The Children's Foundation and Sir Bobby Robson Foundation logos as well as the Run Geordie Run Around The World logos on the front. The rear of the t-shirt shows the 3400 mile European route from Lisbon to Istanbul. These are all now sold out! Thanks to everyone who bought one.

The second design is a faded Around The World print on a premium cotton t-shirt (ideal for casual wear or at the gym). The rear of the t-shirt holds a very appropriate message that reflects all of the 6358 miles ran to date around the world. Sizes available are S, M, L.



Thanks to my sponsor Chapman Ventilation for paying for production of the t-shirts, ALL PROCEEDS from t-shirt sales will go to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children's Foundation.

Please click here to order.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Periscope

You may or may not of heard about a new smartphone app about called Periscope. It's a video streaming app for iPhones and Android devices.

I tested it out for the first time tonight with a short broadcast. I was pleasantly surprised at how many followers I already had (99). Of those, 30 or so tuned in to my very first Periscope broadcast.

Mobile signal permitting, I'm going to look to use Periscope in the build up to and during the run across Europe. Being able to broadcast the start of the run from Lisbon, perhaps a scenic section in the Alps or the dramatic finish in Istanbul is truly a mind blowing thing. It's going to help take people on the journey in real time from the comfort of their smartphone. 



The mock screen shots above are ideas of other uses. Alison Meldrum's treatment at the Cradlewell Clinic, Carlton emptying the RV waste, live coverage of me running and perhaps a special live broadcast of "Ready, Steady, Cook ... with the support team" could feature.

In preparation for these "exciting" broadcasts why not download Periscope for iPhone or Android and follow @rungeordierun. You can also view on PC/iMac here.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

First Europe Support Team Meeting

The chances of me running 3400 miles across Europe in 100 days are currently very slim to say the least. That might sound a tad defeatist but I felt exactly the same at this stage prior to the runs across the USA and Australia. 

It's not all doom and gloom, however. With less than 300 days to go before the next segment around the world starts there is still time to do things that will improve my chances. The first thing I'm doing is to meet regularly with the support team. The first meeting was held recently at the Jury's Inn in Gateshead.

By the time everyone on the team starts their tour of duty in Europe it is very important that they know the importance of their role, what it involves and the high and consistent standards that are expected to be maintained. 

Present at the meeting were Sports Therapist Jason "Stobbsy" Stobbs pictured below (middle) with  myself (left) and James "Jimmy" Childs (right). 


Stobbsy will put plans for his impending wedding to one side and join the tour in the French Alps during mid June. He'll really have his work cut out to keep me in 1 piece as I tackle climbs such as d'Alpe d'Huez, Col du Galibier, Col du Telegraphe, lacets de Montvernier, Col de la Madeleine and Col de l'Iseran to name but a few.

Jimmy has put in a huge amount of hours in recent months refining my initial route and checking it for safety. He's added bits on here and shaved bits off there. He's got me some rest days at strategic points and increased the mileage where necessary on other parts of the route.


Jimmy will be charged with driving the RV from Newcastle to Lisbon and will be present on the "kick off" team during the first week. He'll return for the final 10 days to Istanbul as part of the "anchor" team. It's a good job he likes driving as he'll also be bringing the RV back to Newcastle from Istanbul. Jimmy has also recently started jogging in an attempt to get fit enough to accompany me for a few miles.


Also in attendance at the meeting was my wife Donna pictured above with Andrew Skelton. Donna will ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible from Run Geordie Run HQ in the UK before joining the "anchor" team for the final 2 weeks. Donna will liaise, where necessary, with the relevant consulates across Europe, carry out numerous social media duties, act as account manager during the run with the various sponsors and basically fix anything that requires fixing. The buck stops with her on most things away from actual running.

Andrew will be joining the team at various points still to be decided in Europe and will be driving the RV, cooking, cleaning and keeping me company with a few miles here and there. Those jobs may not sound as important as say Jimmy's route planning, Stobbsy's sports therapy or Donna's logistical duties. Make no mistake, they are just as important! As has been proven in the past, any weak link in any aspect of the support team and life becomes very difficult on the road and the chances of success decrease.

Like Jimmy, Andrew has also recently started jogging in an attempt to get in shape and help me get through some miles.


Malcolm Nichol (pictured above) will be joining the tour with his wife Nickela (pictured below right) probably in the Pyrenees. These 2 are a very positive and outgoing couple and their motivation during the tough mountainous stages will be of vital importance.


Carlton Fletcher (pictured above) completed the list of attendees at the meeting. Carlton will be on the "anchor" team with Donna and Jimmy. His previous experiences of the run across the USA and Australia will no doubt stand us in good stead. Carlton is an innovative thinker and is almost certain to provide maximum comedy value which will help when the going gets tough. 

I was 4.5 days behind schedule with only 14 days left of the run across the USA when Carlton joined the team. We lost a further 16 miles but clawed back a whopping 148 miles while Carlton was on duty in the USA. He's the obvious choice for the final 2 weeks in Europe along with Donna and Jimmy.


Not in attendance were Mark, Rachel and Richard. I'll talk more about them and their roles on the team in the coming months. In the meantime, thanks to the manager (pictured with us above) of the Jury's Inn, Gateshead, for letting us use the brilliant meeting room facilities. 

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

A fantastic gift

I arrived home tonight from the gym with this very special and unique gift from Donna. It's the kind of thing that I'll be able to look at and a million memories, good, bad and horrifically tough will be triggered. 


It's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. It will have pride of place somewhere where I can glance at it from time to time and reflect on what turned out to be a most incredible journey that took me to the brink both physically and mentally.