LONDON MARATHON 2000



I HAVE RUN THE LONDON MARATHON A TOTAL OF 4 TIMES, THE FIRST BACK IN 1990 WHEN OUT OF THE BLUE I DESIDED TO TRYAND RUN A MARATHON... AND WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET AN ENTRY. YOU CAN READ MY LOG ABOUT THIS WHICH I HOPE WILL GIVE YOU THE ODD CHUCKLE OR TWO BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW


IN 1998 FLORA SPONSORED THE LONDON MARATHON, THIS BEING PART OF THE COMPANY I WORKED FORI MANAGED TO GET AN ENTRY... SO I AGAIN STARTED RUNNING. THIS TIME THOUGHI WAS GOING TO ENJOY IT. I WAS GOING TO RUN AS A GIANT TEA BAG, GIVING OUT FREE TEA BAGS AS I WENT ROUND THE COURSE. IT WAS GREAT FUN, AND I MANAGED AS IN 1990 TO RAISEA LARGE SUM OF MONEY FOR CHARATIES.
DURING THE BUILD UP TO THIS MARATHON I WAS IN MANY LOCAL PAPERS, ON THE FRONT PAGE OF SOME, AS WELL AS BEING INTERVIEWED BY RADIO WHILE RUNNING.



IN 1999 AGAIN I WANTED TO HAVE FUN, SO THIS TIME I MANAGED GO AS A MR PEPERANI (SORT OF A SLIM JIM FOR THE USA FOLK).AGAIN I RAISED SEVERAL THOUSANDS OF POUNDS, AND THIS TIME GAVE OUT FREE PEPERAMI STICKSAS I RAN.




SO WHAT ABOUT THE YEAR 2000? IT HAD TO BE SOMETHING SPECIAL..AND SO IT PROVED




IN 2000 I WAS
MILLENIUM BEANIE BABY

AS IN OTHER YEARS I WAS RUNNING FOR MAINLY CHILDRESN CHARATIES, ONE OF WHICHWAS CHHugs (Children's Hospice Hugs):WHO PROVIDE TOYS FOR CHILDREN IN HOSPICES ALSO RAISING A LOT OF MONEY BY HAVING FAMOUSPEOPLE AUTOGRAPH BEANY BABIES AND AUCTIONING THEM OFF.

WITH THIS IN MIND,PLUS OF COURSE THE YEAR THE COSTUME DESIDED ON.

IT TOOK A LOT OF HARD WORK TO MAKE IT, AND WAS VERY HOT TO WARE, LET ALONE TO RUN IN. THE MEMBERS OF THE UK BEANIES PLUS LOTSOF FRIENDS HELPED ME GATHER 2 SACKFULLS ON TINI BEANIES (FROM McDONALDS) WHICH IAGAIN HANDED OUT TO THE CHILDREN ROUND THE COURSE


FIRST FITTING OF THE COSTUME



BEFORE THE START OF THE RACE


AND AT THE END       



IT AGAIN WAS A WONDERFUL EVENT THE CROWDS WERE THERE ALL THE WAY CHEERING ME, ANDDESPITE THE COSTUME MAKING IT TOUGH GOING, I COMPLETED IT ONCE AGAIN
IN DOING SO, OVER THE LAST 3 YEARS I HAVE RAISED OVER 5,OOOPOUNDS OF WHICH I AMFOR PROUD OF.

IT DOES NOT MATTER IF YOU GET ROUND IN UNDER 3 HOURS OR UNDER 8, IT DOES NOT MATTER IF YOURTHE FASTEST OR THE SLOWEST. ENJOY SUCH AN EVENT, DO YOUR BEST, AND IF YOU CAN HELP OTHERS AT THE SAMETIME IT MAKES IT ALL WORTH WHILE.



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