Traditionally, a year ending in a three would not see me run a marathon. However, we broke with tradition for 2013. As well as running another three marathons, I finally completed a triathlon (well, in fact two) and climbed the three national peaks in a dubious 24 hours. The year also included the second challenge from the 2011 charity auction – Wing walking – all fundraising for LAMAction which supports a rare disease in women called Lymphangioleomyomotosis. I picked LAM Action for 2013 as a good friend, Alex McDonald is a sufferer. You can read her story here: Alex’s story about LAM Action.
I also supported The Jane Tomlinson Appeal in the Autumn through the Yorkshire Marathon
September - DVLA Licence magazine
July - DVLA Licence magazine
June - Hull Daily Mail article about volunteering
25 April - Methodist Recorder
25 April - Beverley Guardian
22 April - Interviewed on BBC Radio Humberside Lizzie Rose show post London Marathon
21 April - Interviewed on BBC coverage of the London Marathon! And then on BBC London News at 7pm and 10pm
13 April - Interviewed on BBC Radio Humberside’s Carl Wheatley
show pre London Marathon
13 March - Interviewed on BBC Radio Humberside about being a Games Maker as part of a promo for an event about volunteering
With Alex McDonald at the end of the London Marathon
Thanks again for all your support and donations over the year – over £3,150 was donated to LAMAction and £300 to The Jane Tomlnson Appeal, for which they were delighted. The former was hugely boosted when, during the London Marathon, running in my Games Maker gear from the London 2012 games, I was interviewed by the BBC and went out at peak viewing time. Read the London Marathon report for all the details.
I didn’t break any PB’s in running during the year, but my biggest achievement was finally completing a triathlon. I actually did two – but counted the first one in Midsomer Norton as a dress rehearsal before the full one in Hyde Park, London on the London 2012 Olympic route – when I overtook two swimmers – a first for me – as well as completed it with only vision in one eye due to losing a contact lense 10 minutes before the start. Full details at ITU Triathlon.
In the July I continued the London 2012 theme when I ran 5 miles around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which finished with a lap of the track inside the Olympic Stadium in the footsteps of Mo Farah, Usian Bolt, Jonnie Peacock, Jessica Ennis and the wheels of David Weir, amongst others. A once in a lifetime opportunity as the stadium is now undergoing it’s refit – full details at “Olympic Park run”
Just after exiting the Serpentine swim in the ITU World Sprint Triathlon
In between all this a group of us took on the National Three Peaks in 24 hours Challenge, including Chris Britton (from the LEJOG and West & East cycle challenges). Chris and I and two others dubiously claimed to have made in a cumulative 24 hours – but purist would not accept this. You can make your choice after reading about The Three National Peaks.
2013’s two other stand out events related to two friends. Emma Pugh agreed to run a 5K if she didn’t visit me by September 2011. It took a while to sort, but in June 2013 Emma achieved this challenge in Liverpool – you can read about it in detail at Emma’s 5k Challenge. But the biggest achievement of the year was Olly Johnson’s 10K in May 2013. Olly had a horrific car accident in October 2011 resulting in intensive care and several months in a hospital in Spain. Olly now walks with a stick after hours of rehabilitation, but asked me to run the Beverley 10K – his first 10K and furthest he had run (and still has at time of writing in March 2014). You can read about Olly’s remarkable story at “Olly run’s the Beverley 10K” – a run that earnt him Beverley AC’s men’s race performance of the year.
The year concluded with two marathons in Yorkshire and Kielder and going Wing Walking with my niece, Lowenna. The latter was as a result of the 2011 charity auction when the highest bidder got to complete a challenge with me of their choice.
As ever, full details in all the links below to the race/event reports and news coverage.
Above - Olly at the Beverley 10K
Below - Emma after her 5K
Beverley 10K with Olly Johnston
Humber Bridge Half Marathon didn’t run this year as took on role of assistant race direct. Read about volunteering here
Wing Walking, Gloucestershire – 9 October (Challenge from 2011 charity auction)