Wednesday, December 05, 2007

I've a place in 2008 London Marathon!

After the disappointment on Saturday of receiving my copy of Marathon News (and second time failed ballot letter), yesterday brought a very welcome email from Guide Dogs who gave me one of their Gold Bond places. Yeah!!

So now I need to get really serious about following my Buckeye Outdoor Beginner training schedule... and start thinking about fundraising.

I struggle a bit asking friends and family to contibute, I mean, I'm the one that gets to do the fun part - be in the race. So, I should just come up with the £1500 pledge money? But guide dogs for the blind really is a good cause, and fundraising seems to be an acceptable thing to do. (And I don't have £1500!!) What do I do about business contacts? Is it fair game to put something about fundraising at the end of my email signature... or is that taboo (they don't care about my personal life?). I'm not sure I want to let them know about it anyway.... they might ask what my time was!!

So I've added a widget to my blog. I wonder if I can do the same with facebook. I wish I had paid better attention to the efforts of other runner bloggers. I'm way down on the learning curve.

But the great part is I'M GOING TO RUN MY FIRST MARATHON! I know I can do it.


MarathonChris said...

Wow, congratulations on your entry into London. Your first marathon? What an exciting adventure you have ahead of you!!! Running for you will never be the same :-)

I am with you in that I don't like to ask for money - but when the cause speaks for itself, folks can't help but contribute!

Looking forward to reading about your training!

Who is SLB+? said...

Awesome, I'd love to run the London Marathon, it's on my list of things to do if and when I ever come back home to the UK.

GDFTB is a great charity, let us know your fundraising link and I'll throw some $$$ (don't have a poundsign!?!) your way!

I am sure Steve youknowwho will put in a shout out for you.

Drusy said...

Thanks ever so much Petra! SLB, my just giving link in on my blog if you still feel inclined. Marathon Chris, I'm so excited! I have to bite my tongue to not tell everyone I meet at work. I do think about the huge challenge ahead of me alot!

kiyomi said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog! I'm excited to hear about your training for London--you're going to be awesome!

Brian Thomas said...

Good luck with the training and fundraising! I feel a little guilty as I have a pair of sunglasses for you sitting neatly packed in a box and keep forgetting to stop by the post office to put it in the mail (I'll get it out there soon!). I've always had a lot of respect for guide dogs so I think you have picked a great charity. It makes fundraising much easier when it is a cause you really believe in.

babciaruns said...


I'm thrilled for you. We'll both be running London this year. Here's to your first!!
Well done!