Thank you to everyone who ordered an Around The World Run Geordie Run t-shirt. I'm pleased to report that, after only 8 days on sale, they are now all sold out and have helped the charity fund for the European segment inch over the £3,000 barrier.
The run down the UK, across the USA, across Australia and now through Europe as part of the ongoing run around the world would be a complete waste of time without the generosity of so many kind people. Thank you all so sincerely on behalf of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children's Foundation.
There are a small number of hoodies left in sizes (chest to fit) Small - 36", Medium - 40", Large - 44", Extra Large - 48".
Thanks to SOS Group Ltd for paying for production costs, all proceeds go to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children's Foundation. That's every single penny!
The snazzy design was produced by Dave Shenton of Shenton Creative who gave his services free of charge.
With a new fundraising campaign underway, I've been setting up the spreadsheet behind the scenes that I use to reconcile all monies received by the 2 charities. Money tends comes in to the charities from various sources. The majority is via Virgin Money Giving but amounts are also sent directly to the 2 charities. It's very important to keep an eye on it all so that nothing is missed.
While setting up my reconciliation spreadsheet, I took time to have a look at the amounts raised so far and split them down by each charity that I've raised funds for. As at 6pm on the 29th October, these are as follows:
St. Benedict's Hospice - £99,421.91
North of England Children's Cancer Research - £250.00
The Children's Foundation - £88,029.95
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation - £27,525.54
Total - £215,227.40
Split by geographic area, the amounts raised so far look like this:
UK - £51,634.00
USA - £105,717.80
Australia - £55,126.60
Europe - £2,749.00 so far
Total - £215,227.40
Fundraising for the European segment of the run around the world started last week. I'm pleased to report that the charity fund has got off to a flying start thanks to people buying t-shirts and hoodies and various donations including £500 from SOS Group to get the fund rolling.
My own personal fundraising target for the European segment of the run around the world is £50,000. If successful, that means that the overall total (currently at £215,227.40) will burst through the 1/4 of a million barrier and sit at £262,478.40. It's going to take a lot of hard work and generosity to achieve that figure for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children's Foundation.
The next segment of the run around the world, from Lisbon to Istanbul, is going to be incredibly difficult. There's no doubt in my mind that the bar has been raised after the run across Australia as it was after the run across the USA.
That European segment will require an average of 37 miles of running per day for 100 days. That's quite simply unprecedented for me. As are the logistics of the next run.
I'm convinced that the general public will once again follow the journey with great interest and will hopefully back me and the 2 charities again. That generosity is something that I never have and never will take for granted. It's this generosity that makes a huge difference to terminally ill people and underprivileged children in the region.
Thank you once again if you have sponsored me over the years or bought a t-shirt. There aren't enough words to express how much I, and the 2 charities, are so very grateful for your support.
My son, Jack, has been present on the support team from the early days during John O'Groats to Lands End and also more recently during the run across the USA. He's pictured below together with support man Steve Harrison and myself running in Missouri.
I was always very curious to find out exactly what Jack's reaction would be when he learned of his Dad's plans to run 20,000 miles around the world. It's not every day that you get to break that kind of news to your son!
I wasn't surprised that his initial thoughts were for my safety. Wild animals, hydration problems and running thousands of miles away from civilisation in some countries that had seem troubles in the past were his main concerns.
Once I sat him down and explained, just like I had previously to the 2 charities, about the route and all that I was doing to make it as safe as possible, his worries eased and soon turned to excitement. He was even more elated when I said that, by the time I got to Japan and New Zealand, that he would be old enough to drive the support vehicle!
Running around the world is as much a sacrifice for Jack as it is for me. I'll be spending 1 year and 8 months in total running around the world. Apart from the few weeks spent with Jack on the support team, that is a long time away from him.
One of the positive byproducts of what I hope I'm doing, through, is that it sets a good example to Jack. I'm trying to teach him 2 things. Firstly, that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Yes, it takes a considerable amount of effort, sacrifice, good fortune, support and generosity. But with all of those things, anything is possible. Secondly, that it's important to do deeds in life that are for the good of others. I know that Jack is beginning to understand those important messages.
I'm so proud and pleased that he is determined to be present on the support team during the segments in Japan and New Zealand. It is very fitting that my son, who was present with me at the start line in John O'Groats will be there at the finish line in Slope Point, New Zealand.
The story is finally out there after months of secrecy! I've heard some brilliant coverage on local radio and seen news items on the BBC and ITV Tyne Tees lunchtime bulletins so far. Please tune in to ITV News Tyne Tees tonight at 1800 and then on BBC One (North East and Cumbria) Look North at 1830 where I will be live in the studio.
RUN GEORDIE RUN IS PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU IN ASSOCIATION WITH NORTHERN RUNNER.
In the Summer of 2007, I ran 874 miles from John O'Groats to Lands End in 37 days raising £34,108 for St Benedict's Hospice (Charity No. 1019410). This Hospice cared for my Mam during her final days battling lung cancer.
Continuing to repay the debt of gratitude to the Hospice in May - August 2011 I ran from California to New York in 100 days. This was a distance of3100 miles and saw me run an average daily mileage of 31 miles raising £105,233 for St Benedict's Hospice and The Children's Foundation.