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An update from our marathon-running landlord

“As we’re in the middle of a recession, I was concerned that people would not be rushing to dig in their pocket to sponsor, so I thought I’d better make it worth their while. My plan this year, therefore, has been to do four events in support of the FK charity of the year:

1) 15th May Great Manchester Run 10k

2) 4th June Otmoor Challenge Half Marathon

3) 2nd July Birmingham & Black Country Half Marathon

4) 9th October Chester Marathon

I have done Nos 1 & 2, and 3, with the slight hindrance that I never actually get around to do any training because I really, really hate running!

The course for the Great Manchester Run was in a loop so as I was reaching 3k Haile Gebresalassie was on the home stretch.

If you look closely, you can see him to the left (in the green shirt next to the pink bike, level with the 8k marker). I also took a photo of myself before the race with the winner’s trophy at the Otmoor Challenge as I knew my chances weren’t great.

In fact I came LAST. Most people had got their medal, had a drink & a snack, showered & were driving home before I got back, and they all waved cheerily and honked their horns as they drove past me on their way home. Just shows you how much I love Finders Keepers to go through such humiliation!

Owing to some extraordinarily generous and unexpected donations to the fund, I have very nearly reached my target of raising £2,000 towards my latest ill-conceived plan of running a marathon in aid of the Air Ambulance.

To those who have already given – a massive thank you! As there are just a few weeks left in which I could begin training, I thought I’d spend the time instead updating my Justgiving web page and generally messing about on the internet. If you wish to save me from a painful death-by-jogging, please visit my page and make a donation. If I reach my target I will be forced to start training..!

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