Do Oxfam do XXL running vests?

Having made yet another less than impressive recovery from injury, I’m now back up to speed and ready to start looking for more races (well, 7 miles an hour is ‘a speed’ of sorts).

So what better way to add some motivation to my currently pathetic training programme than to sign up for a charity?

I was all set to run London in 2011, as having been rejected by the Ballot 5 years running, I’d have been guaranteed an entry. If only the ballot hadn’t closed after about 4 hours, precluding me from even managing to get that right…

And so, on the very day that I decided to go for a Golden Bond place with someone or other, I got a very nice email from someone called Hannah at Oxfam, asking if I’d give them a mention on

Well, as they’re the official charity for next year’s VLM – and a very worthy cause to boot – how could I possibly refuse.

And so, if, like me, you’re considering putting yourself up for fundraising duties as well as many junk miles, injuries and plates of carbs served al dente, might I draw your attention to the fact that those nice people at Oxfam currently have places for the Royal Parks Half Marathon, which looks absolutely stunning; Run to the Beat in London in September; and they’re also offering the chance to go to that Geordie-laden uphill struggle and run in the Great North Run for Oxfam.

Anyway, good deed done for the day, I’m off to get ahead of myself for tomorrow’s good deed by applying for one of Oxfam’s Golden Bond places in next year’s London Marathon.

Wish me luck. And if you want to sponsor me, watch this space


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