China

I am off to China this Friday for the last part of my year of challenges.

I will be travelling to Heathrow on Friday then flying via Dubai to Beijing overnight.

The trekking begins on Sunday and we are out everyday for five days for up to 8 hours each day.

We then have a couple of days free before heading back to Heathrow on Sunday 19th October.

I am so excited but also nervous. It really will be the climax of the year and I can’t wait.

I can’t post on facebook from China and the mobile reception is pretty poor in the remote areas we will be visiting so I have been told to tell you all that no news is good news – I will just have to bore you all with it on my return!

 

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Medals, T-shirts & numbers

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Bowood 10K walk with the clan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you again for all of your help and support – I really couldn’t have done it without you.

Cpastal Walk

Cpastal Walk

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And the hair is gone

All aboard the Santa train

All aboard the Santa train

 

First ever 10K completed

First ever 10K completed

The final countdown

I can’t believe it – my year is nearly over.

What a year it has been. I am constantly in awe of how you have all supported me through all of my activities – be it bag packing, running, swimming, walking or baking!

Special thanks to Kate Wilkinson for the early morning swims, Andrea Roberts for the gym visits, all of you who have baked cakes for my sales and all of you who have come and eaten them!

Finally thank you to my gorgeous husband and two handsome boys – you have supported me through all the ups and downs over the last 12 months and now I am disappearing off around the other side of the world for 9 days. Enjoy the peace and the lack of nagging boys.

 

Cake bake in the park

We couldn’t have asked for better weather & in October as well

Friday saw another of my cake sales but this time in Queens Park – a great opportunity to show off the beautiful new tea room.

Thank you to Marion, Eve and Geraldine for their help on the day.

A fantastic £226.26 raised which pushes me ever closer to that £8000 target.

 

Busy week

It has been a very busy and very humbling week

Trying to fit training in around work has meant gym visits at 6.30am but as I now have a new gym partner – Thank you Mrs Roberts – it is all so much more fun!

I was approached this week by a mum at school who is  running the Liverpool Half Marathon on 23rd March and asked if it was ok if she got sponsored for my charity! Yes please!!

It is so kind and makes this whole thing seem so worthwhile – so thank you Jan Hughes and good luck!

 

Secondly I received a phone call from my Aunt who’s son Billy died of cardiomyopathy 13 years ago to say that she is organising a lunch at the Golf Club in my home town to raise funds for my year of challenges as well.

As soon as I have more details I will update you – but thank you Marilyn and can’t wait to hear all about it. Hope I can be there!

 

All packed and done.

Thank you so much to Morrison’s in West Kirby for allowing me to have a bag packing date

Thank you to all the incredibly generous shoppers who donated

And finally thank you to my champion team of packers – I appreciate your tolerance of my continual abuse of our friendship and hope you will all forgive me at the end of this year.

 

So the grand total from the packing was £822.50 – A  MAZ  ING ssarah bag packaid in Craig Revel Horwood way!

Bag packer alert!!!!

So onward to the next challenge and for this one I need your help but not monetary help. I need your hands and a small amount of your time.

Morrisons in West Kirby have very kindly offered me a bag packing date and I need volunteers to help me with the packing

The date is Friday 14th February and I still desperately need helpers

Please can you help, pretty please!

Contact me via this page, facebook or twitter if you can help.

Bake off success

WOW – what an amazing two days – thank you so much to everyone who came along, those who bought cakes after and also to those who couldn’t make it but made a donation.20140201_104241[1]

£488 raised over the two days which together with the donations received online over the weekend has pushed me to over £3000 – all in 3 months!

All I can say is thank you to all of you for showing me such commitment and support – I really do appreciate it and so do the Cardiomyopathy Association

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Happy New Year!

So into month 3 and the challenges continue!

Everybody is feeling a bit low and a bit skint and a bit bleurgh so a challenge to myself – DRY JANUARY!

What better way to start the year than with a good detox – got to help the training surely!

 

And then to end the month, a Cake & Craft Sale.

Double whammy this time – Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st Feb, both days 10am – 2pm and lots of cakes for sale.

All taking place at our house 5 Gorse Road, Meols . The cooking hat and apron are on and the great challenge baking begins – hope you can come too!

Everyone welcome.

Looking forward to the table looking like this again!

 
Looking forward to the table looking like this again!

  

 

 

Dashing through the rain!

The Santa Dash proved to be a cold and damp experience but was enjoyed by many Santas.

Dad & Ben accompanied me and I managed it in about 50 mins which considering how little training I had been able to complete I was happy with.

There was  a fantastic drumming band which could be heard as your approached the last kilometre or so – great to keep your rhythm going.

There was an amazing sight as you began the hill up over the flyover of a constant stream of red with the blue Evertonian suits as well of course

All aboard the Santa train

All aboard the Santa train

I'm so cold!

I’m so cold!

See the trail of Santas over the flyover

See the trail of Santas over the flyover

Dashing past - nearly there

Dashing past – nearly there

Well done

Well done

Keep those knees up!

Keep those knees up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best part of the day was breaking through the £2000 barrier on my fundraising – £2K in 2 months = very happy fundraising challenger!!!