The Word is Out!

It's been a busy few days here at Fundraising Central. On Friday we were having lunch at one of our favourite pubs, the Ship Inn at Sewerby, and got into conversation with landlord, Charlie Kilburn. Charlie is a fellow member of Bridlington Road Runners and kindly offered to help me with a fundraising event at the pub. More about this in a future blog post, but we're looking at Sunday, April 14th, with a Family Fun Run and Easter Egg Hunt. And maybe a raffle if I can scrounge up a few prizes! Watch this space...

Yesterday, my marathon training plan called for an 11-mile run, mostly at target marathon pace. But yesterday was also Bridlington Road Runners' "Anniversary 3", a three-mile handicap race and the final leg of the Winter Handicap series. No worries, I thought, I'll just incorporate the Anniversary 3 into my scheduled training... so 1-mile warm-up, 3-mile race, and then just another 7 miles to pull in!

We had a great turnout for the race, on a beautiful, spring-like morning. Here's a picture of the gang, and one of me in action, courtesy of our ever-present photographer, Tom Fynn of TCF Photography. Tom had just got back from a 10-mile run himself... so thank you for your dedication, Tom!

Number 100 -- I should get a telegram from the Queen!

Fast forward to this morning at 6:00am, when I was rudely awakened by my alarm clock... fortunately a rare occurrence now, since my retirement!

But today was a special day as I was scheduled to be interviewed live on BBC Radio Humberside by reporter Caroline Brocklebank, for the James Piekos early morning show. Caroline arrived promptly at around 7:15 and immediately put me at my ease. After introductions all round and a few minutes prep about what we were going to be discussing, Caroline's producer gave her the 3-2-1 and we were off!

The interview lasted for three minutes. I was just getting into my stride when Caroline had to call time... I could have gone on for an hour.

But a piece about running a marathon wouldn't be complete without a run. And Caroline was a sport, suggesting that we go outside and record another brief segment while we ran up and down the street. 

Phew! I'd thought I had missed my opportunity to plug this blog and the Ship Inn fundraiser, but the segment aired a little later, at around 8:22, so all was well!

Incidentally, we had been expecting Caroline to arrive with a small team, or at least a sound engineer, but she's a one-woman outside broadcast crew!

So "Thank You" to Caroline and her producer, Hayley, and to Radio Humberside for giving us this valuable air time. Just keeping my fingers crossed now that the local BBC TV news show Look North picks it up!






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