A long week

This week’s been a funny one. It’s the launch of a large project I’ve been working on for the past 4 months so I’ve been really busy at work. You may have seen it: Oxfam’s launched a partnership with Nectar. Clever! I’ve been working on the auction which is on Monday. We’ve got some amazing donations and the team I’m doing it with (Amy, Janine and Alan) have written and designed amazing promo materials (see poster below right). Then there’s the marathon…on Saturday Ben had his longest run and I cycled along side him giving him sports drinks, gels etc. Then mum and I walked 21 miles on Easter Monday along with my crazy friend Corinne who came along ‘for fun’. Finally there’s all of the press interviews I’ve been doing.

Our auction poster

Our auction poster

The 21 mile walk was OK actually. It was freezing cold and stupidly windy but we got through it in 5 hours. We were proud of ourselves! Through the walk there were points where we were a little disheartened. For example when we’d walked 10 miles, 11, 12 and 13 seemed to go very slowly. I started to picture and talk about what we’d be seeing on the London marathon route at that point and how it’d be much better on the day. Secretly knowing that miles 13-18 are actually really quiet and we’ll probably get pretty bored. Anyway, we did it and we’re now confident that we can complete the marathon in 6.5-7 hours on the big day…which is less than 3 weeks away!

And the exciting news is that press teams are actually interested in my story! I had an interview with 2 newspapers this week and have another lined up for the end of the week. The first one was the Daily Mail in which I’ll feature next Tuesday. It’ll be an article covering heart conditions in young people with my story as the case study. I’m really pleased that such a large audience will read my story and hopefully understand more about heart conditions in young people and the need for organ donation sign ups. Today one of the local newspapers published my story online.

Thanks for all your support and sponsorship. It’s absolutely frickin’ amazing!

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We’ve hit £1000!

A MASSIVE thank you to everyone that’s sponsored us to date. We’ve hit the £1000 mark!

My recent cake sale at work raised £200.

My recent cake sale at work raised £200.

Last week I held a cake sale in Oxfam House. 13 of my wonderful colleagues baked cakes, brownies, muffins and even pinwheels (?!) for the cake sale. At 12pm we set up and by 2pm all of the cakes had been sold. We made a tidy £200 and all our customers were very satisfied.

Right now I’m planning the next fundraiser which is a handbag sale at work. I’ve had about 50 leather handbags donated and hope to sell them for between £20 and £35 next week. We hope to raise about £1000 in one go! Will keep you posted.

Me in hospital last weekend.

Me in hospital last weekend.

The training itself is currently on hold as I’ve been told not to run for 2 weeks because of some chest pains I’ve been having. I was in hospital last weekend. The doctors can’t see a correlation between my illness and my running but they’re looking into my results further. It’s unlikely that running is making it any worse. Frustratingly they don’t know what it is. They hope to give me an answer on whether I’ll actually be able to take part in the marathon on 12th March. Until then, I have to limit my running and exercise in general which is extremely frustrating. I’m also going to have to go on drugs to limit the worsening of my heart. All in all pretty rubbish.

So, the training plan’s taken a blow but to keep me distracted I’m focusing on the fundraising. It’s made me wonder why I run marathons anyway – I enjoy the fundraising bit the best!

Help us get closer to our £5000 target and sponsor us here.

Sponsorship and training all kicking off

This week’s been really interesting. I’ve learnt a lot about fundraising, networking and how Ben and I are going to be training together.

The great news is that we’ve had a few online sponsors (www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/fenben) from people that we don’t even know. It’s shown how talking to everyone about the challenge that we’re doing and the causes we’re raising money for really does work. Thanks to all those that have supported us to date.

My treasure map at work (previous blog post) isn’t going so well. It’s been there a week now and only 3 people have chosen a square. Outrage! However, tomorrow is Oxfam payday and I’m going to send a nice promotional email round. Fingers crossed for some more responses.

I’ve been on 2 training runs this week so far and even managed to fit one into my working day yesterday. It turns out that a cheeky 10k at 4pm then heading back into the office (in full lycra!) is a bit weird for my colleagues. Showing them blisters and other horrible parts of my feet didn’t go down too well either. I’ve learnt the boundaries now!

It looks like Ben and I will only be doing one run a week together which is probably for the best. That’ll be our weekend pace run. We did the first on Sunday and stuck to our marathon pace exactly (9 min miles) for 7 miles. We were really happy with that!

I’ve done some more work on my blog as well so please have a look around and read all about why Ben and I are challenging ourselves to this marathon.

As always, thanks for reading. Lucy x