As the New Year dawned and some of us reflected on the last year, made our goals for the coming year or just got on with life as you do, the wonderful ladies who are Team Honk were busy setting up a challenge for Sports Relief that entails bloggers completing a relay race using foot, bike, scooter or whatever mode of transport seems appropriate under the conditions from Lands Ends to John O’Groats!
How amazingly bonkers is that!?
Well the first team of bloggers set off earlier this week heading through Cornwall and heading along the South coast of England before circling their way northwards passing the baton and hopefully raising stacks of money for the good causes that Sports Relief supports. Here is the full UK map showing the planned route.
On Wednesday 26 February I am joining a band of bloggers collecting the baton from Penny, Donna and their team who are cycling from Grantham and making our way from Nottingham to Derby walking, running, scooting and possibly bussing our way there dressed as Robin Hood and his Merry Men (with outfits kindly donated by Joke.co.uk.
Now, I am no runner (but unless you are build like Zola Budd or Mo Farah who is?), but towards the end of last year decided to face my demons and started doing the “Couch to 5K” running challenge through the app on my phone. I liked running at school many years ago but even then it was sprinting and I loathed things like cross country with a passion. Anyway I have made it to week 5 and today managed to run on the treadmill for 20 minutes without stopping! Well I did slow down to walking a couple of times to gulp down some water but you know, this is a massive improvement from struggling to jog for 1 minute a few weeks ago! The best piece of advice I have been given on my “fitness journey” is:
“just switch your mind off”
How true is that! When you try to think of nothing or just immerse yourself in something else – your breathing, music or whatever your body can surprise you with what it can do.
So anyway, enough about me, the important thing is raising money for much needed causes, so here is where you can donate or you vote by texting.
The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014. The public can join the fun and games by running, swimming or cycling their way to raising cash at over a thousand venues around the country, including the landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
As one of the biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world.
So, see you on the other side when I will be posting all about our leg of the journey!