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Get running :)

Posted in Family life, Running with tags , , , on January 10, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The BBC have a good article on how to get running – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/26777663

and then you can find a local running club or event here at Run Together https://runtogether.co.uk/

Personally I would highly recommend the Park Run series of 5K runs that take place all over the UK on a Saturday morning.

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/

I can’t wait to get back to running once my glandular fever is cleared 🙂

Sparky’s back running for the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre

Posted in Fundraising, Just Giving, News, Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Running with tags , , , , , on April 20, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Yes I was taking a year off fundraising, but then my virtual trainer (they have kept my running going despite actually never having a run with me!) told me how their partner was diagnosed with throat cancer last year. They are coming through that now and hopefully will be okay.

They went through a neck dissection, tonsillectomy, two weeks of chemo and six weeks daily radiotherapy. During this time they used the scanning facilities provided by the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre.

pssc

Any donation is most welcome and even if you can’t donate please do spread the word of the great work done at this centre.

Oh and the Sparky nickname comes from a work colleague who gave me that being a Stoke supporter. I ran the 2014 Ealing Half Marathon in my Sparky top:

sparky

Running the Ealing half this Sunday for Macmillan Cancer Support

Posted in Centrepoint, Ealing half marathon, Fundraising, Macmillan Cancer Support, News, Running with tags , , , , , on September 23, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

It’s race day this Sunday and nearly time to pound/stagger around the streets of Ealing. Not trained as much as I would have liked to and have a slight foot injury (I am getting the excuses in early). If you fancy seeing some mad fools running at silly o’clock on a Sunday morning the race route is here:

http://www.ealinghalfmarathon.com/route

I shall be resplendent in the green t-shirt provided by Macmillan and with Sparky on my back, plus if its cold I will have a Stoke scarf on 😉

The charity I am running for on the 28th September is

Macmillan Cancer Support whose nurses (along with their help line) do sterling work helping those with cancer and supporting their family and friends:

https://www.justgiving.com/ealing20142/

Thanks as ever for your continued support and feel free to spread the word

PS there is also Centrepoint who I ran the Dorney Dash 10K for. They are the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. It supports over 6,000 16-25 year olds into housing and employment every year. Working directly in London and the north of England, Centrepoint also partners with other organisations across the UK and gives homeless young people a voice through the Centrepoint Parliament. It conducts research and influences government policy with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness.

https://www.justgiving.com/ealing2014/

Dorney Dash again this year

Posted in Centrepoint, Fundraising, Macmillan Cancer Support, News, Running with tags , , , on July 2, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I am entering the Dorney Dash 10K on Saturday 26th July after really enjoying last year’s run. It is my training run for the Ealing Half marathon later in the year. Lovely course with two laps around Dorney Lake used by Eton College and in 2012 it was the Olympic rowing lake.

I have also added Macmillan Cancer Support as a charity I am running the Ealing Half marathon for, along with the Centrepoint charity.

Running the Ealing half marathon for Centrepoint charity

Posted in Centrepoint, Ealing half marathon, Fundraising, Running with tags , , , on June 24, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I had a year off fundraising and as I enjoyed the Ealing half marathon so much last year I thought I’d do it again! I am going to raise funds for the charity Centrepoint who help young homeless people in London and the north. They do some sterling work and they have inspired me to run for them (along with the great work my old school pal Jerome  does with the homeless charities in Hull).

Anything you can do to help would be much appreciated and any support on the day most welcome. It’s a (mainly) flat course and plenty of good vantage points along the route.

https://www.justgiving.com/ealing2014/

Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. It supports over 6,000 16-25 year olds into housing and employment every year. Working directly in London and the north of England, Centrepoint also partners with other organisations across the UK and gives homeless young people a voice through the Centrepoint Parliament. It conducts research and influences government policy with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness.

£15 could provide a warm and safe place to stay for the night for a vulnerable 16-25 year old with nowhere else to go

£20 could provide a workshop about the consequences and risks of drug use run by one of our specialist health therapists

£50 could pay for the clothes that a young person would need to attend an interview or start an apprenticeship

£120 could help keep our emergency service running for another day: helping young people straight from the street

Thanks as ever for your continued support and feel free to spread the word

PS Last year you all helped with raising £1,246.24 for three charities:

Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) = £498.29 (Staines 10K)

National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) = £52.95 (Staines 10K)

Cancer Research UK = £695 (Dorney 10K – I donated my running legs for an event in memory of a fellow Magnum fan, the hard part of fundraising was done by his family, friends, fellow fans and the band members)

1,000th post :)

Posted in AOR, Authors, Books, Classic rock, cricket, crime writers, Folk, Folk rock, Football, Fundraising, Get Ready To Rock!, Heavy metal, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Politics, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, Progressive rock, Queen, Running, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, theatre royal hanley with tags , , , , , , , on March 20, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Blimey that soon crept up as it’s this blog’s 1,000th post. They recommend bloggers target their audience, I like to think of mine as broad minded bunch as I use a scatter gun approach to topics on here, be it Stoke City, running, books, the Theatre Royal Hanley, promoting new music or little news stories that catch my eye.

I would like to use this post to thank all the readers of my blog and those who have contributed be it by answering interview questions or commenting.

Extra special thank you’s to:

My family (even my mum has been known to read this blog occasionally!)

Stoke City FC

This blogs top comments person Scott McNeish (top man bar his misguided supporting of Liverpool). The Arsenal fan who gave me grief over the Pulis years at Stoke has gone strangely quiet. Perhaps he’s off dusting down the Arsenal trophy cabinet in expectation it may host the FA Cup come May time.

Theatre Royal Hanley – gone but not forgotten, have some great memories of my time working as a front of house volunteer there

Bill Leslie and Dave Hunter who inspired me into this blogging lark back in March 2008

The bands and musicians whose music provides a soundtrack to life. Without music the world would be a duller place (well some bands can clear right off like One Direction for starters…)

Thank you all and please do continue contribute and comment 🙂

Dedicated to fellow Stoke City supporter and author Stephen Foster who sadly passed away in 2011

 

Great South Run – completed!

Posted in Fundraising, Running with tags , , , on October 28, 2012 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Knackered but finished 🙂 First time I have run further than 10K since 1999. Great day and atmosphere as the people of Pompey made you feel very welcome – even in my Stoke top and scarf. I did get two ‘Come on Stoke!’ on the way round the course. Lovely course running around the historic naval dockyards/HMS Victory and ending up running by the Southsea seafront. The jelly babies counter at nine miles provided a welcome boost  as well. Well organised and run, highly recommended if you fancy a nice flat race.

My finishing time was under two hours – yippee! 1hr 59m 12 secs 15,158th (race field just over 24,000)
http://www.greatrun.org/Results/default.aspx?r=273&bib=20203

Thanks to my lovely kids for their support and musical selections  (my daughter loaded my IPod with delights such as You Me At Six, Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold & Fearless Vampire Killers and I sneaked on some Jimi Jamison, Chris Singleton & Dev Townsend!).

Big thanks to my family, friends, work colleagues, Facebook pals, the bands and authors who kindly donated signed items to auction and all those that have sponsored me, spread the word or liked a Facebook post. I am truly humbled, thanks again.
Now what race next folks 😉
Jason

PS Donations still welcome – raising funds for Children with Cancer UK:
http://www.justgiving.com/stokie2012