TOON TOON!

Pacing the Hastings Half Marathon 2012

Pacing the Hastings Half Marathon 2012

When I let people know I’m running a marathon, a lot of people ask where they can sponsor me. I guess it’s a reflex that the British public have now, having been exposed to fundraising monsters like the London Marathon and the Great North Run for so many years. You run a marathon, you want sponsorship. And convincing London Marathon entrants who have ballot places (who have their own places and aren’t forced to hit sponsorship targets) is big business for charities. Hence why the VLM news mag is 70% adverts for charities, begging ballot place runners for their sponsorship money.

That being said, some people genuinely feel the need to sponsor people who run the London Marathon. It’s a great way of showing support or rewarding someone for their hard work in training. And it is hard work. So this is the reason I’ve picked a charity to run for this year.

I’ve always been a Newcastle fan. My mam’s side of the family is geordie, through and through. In fact my uncle, Eddie Egdar, is a former Toon player. As is my cousin, David Edgar, who spent some of his transfer money wisely when he sponsored me £1000 two years ago. And when I approached the NUFC Foundation with an offer to show my support, they sent this sexy little number in the post.

Running the London Marathon for the NUFC Foundation

Running the London Marathon for the NUFC Foundation

I’ll be the first person ever to run the London Marathon in aid of the Newcastle United Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping underprivileged kids and families in the north east. And I couldn’t be more proud. If you’d like to show your support (even if you’re not a Newcastle fan) you can find my sponsorship page here. Any donation will be gratefully received. You can even donate by text. Just text ‘SJAL99 £2‘ to 70070 to donate £2. If you want to donate more, just change the amount to £5, £10 or £20.

Four weeks left to go now, and I’ve got a 21-miler to do this weekend. It’s all getting very exciting again. My training is bang on track, and after another successful stint as a Runner’s World pacer at the Hasting Half Marathon last weekend, I’m very confident that I’m going to hit my 3:30:00 goal at London.

And if you’re the guys who live in the flat on the London Marathon course, at about mile 8, who hang an NUFC flag out of your window every year, I’m looking forward to seeing you again. Just make sure you reply to my ‘Toon toon!’ chant. That was really embarrassing last year…

 

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