Sunday, 25 March 2012

Lewis Completes the Sport Relief Challenge

Lewis completed his Sport Relief challenge today, in just over 28 minutes, on what was a hot sunny day. He joined thousands of people who ran through the streets of Manchester to raise funds for Sport relief.

Lewis, who is 10 years old, ran with his dad, Chris - founder of Adventure-fundraising - for his 3 mile challenge to raise money that will go to help poor and needy people throughout the UK and around world. After crossing the finish line, Lewis said, "It was very hot but I really enjoyed it. There were lots of people running so sometimes you had to slow down when they were in the way."

Lewis, who was supported by his Mum at the event, as so far raised £90.00 and hopes to break the £100.00 mark. He is now looking towards completing another fundraising challenge sometime in the near future. Anyone wanting to sponsor Lewis can still do so by visiting

Well done Lewis!!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Lewis runs for Sport Relief

Chris' 10 year old son Lewis will be running 3 miles in the Manchester Sport Refief Mile on Sunday 25th March to raise money for poor and needy children around the world.

Lewis, who competes for his school at Cross Country, his local town at swimming and also takes part in Triathlon events is no stranger to charity fundraising. He has taken part in various sporting events to raise money for charity including a sponsored abseil off a 200ft church tower.

Lewis says. "I am running in the Manchester Sport Relief event to raise money to help people living in horrible conditions both at home in the UK and in the world's poorest countries. Everyday children are dying around the world from diseases which are easily prevented. I really need your help to smash my fundraising target! Please sponsor me now to help save the lives of poor children around the world."

You can sponsor Lewis by visiting:

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Keep up-to-date with regular emails

We have now activated an email up-dating system to keep people informed of up-coming fundraising events & challenges.

To sign-up for regular up-dates simply go to the 'Follow by email' tab on the right hand side of the site and enter your relevant details. Those people who have previously provided us with their contact details should already be receiving up-dates.

Thanks for your continued support of our adventurous challenges which allows us to raise vital funds for worthwhile charities and good causes.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Abseiling Challenge

Lewis on right
On Sunday 3rd July Chris was involved in organising a Sponsored Abseil to raise money for local Scout groups.

The sponsored abseil was conducted off the 120ft tower of St. Annes Church, Royton. Kids from various Cub & Scout groups took part in the event to raise funds for their respective groups. Chris's nine year old son Lewis was amongst the 84 abseilers who took part in the event on what was a hot sunny day. Plenty of family, friends and even passers-by came along to cheer everyone on.

The event is planned again for next year and the organisors are hoping to get over 100 people to take part.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Post Marathon Report

Sorry for the late post but since returning home from London, late on Sunday night, I've had a lot of work to catch up on.

So how did it go?

After not getting to bed until gone 01.00 I was back up again at 05.30 ready to make my way to the start line. After a quick breakfast I hit the tube system on route to my start point at Blackheath. The tube was very busy and once on the DLR & South Eastern trains everyone was crammed into the carraiges shoulder to shoulder. However, all the train operators ran the services very well with extra trains put on and plenty of station staff to assist.

The atmosphere at the runners start area was very friendly, with people chatting to each other whilst getting ready and loading their kit bags onto the trucks, to be transported to the finish area. I have to say that the logistical organisation of the whole event was second to none.

After suffering from a bout of the 'Man Flu' and missing most of the last two weeks of my training I thought that I would be running much slower than I had intended and therefore decided to put myself further back in the start line, than my allocated position according to my predicted time of 3hrs 30mins. This proved to be a big mistake as once across the start line it took a long time and several miles for the thousands of runners, who were running shoulder to shoulder, to thin out enough for me to be able to pass people and work my way up through the crowds. Eventually though gaps did appear and it was possible to start striding out and make good progress.

Once I was underway and running well I calculated that I should be able to do a 3:45 or even a 3:40 if all went well. The atmosphere was fantastic with thousands of people cheering the runners on and bands playing on virtualy every corner. Kids were everywhere wanting to 'high five' with the runners as they went by. With water stations placed every few miles I was able to take on board plenty of water, which was essential in the heat. By about mile 6 I was already seeing people lying at the sides of the road in difficulty and the numbers increased, further into the route. Quite a few appeared to be in a bad way and were being tended to by medics.

By mile 7 I was feeling quite hungry, and passing various fast food outlets I was tempted to peel off for a quick bite to eat! However, I had the Lucozade Sport drinks stations to look forward to and my usual supply of sweets, in my bumbag, to provide me with sustanance. Whoopee!!

I felt I was running well now and enjoying the whole carnival atmosphere and the miles just dissapeared without me realising it. At mile 15, around Canary Wharf, the roads seemed to narrow causing the pace to drop again due to the congestion of runners. By mile 18, and approaching the heart of the cities financial district, my legs were staring to feel it a little. However, my spirits where high and you couldn't help but be carried along by the crowd and the fantastic atmosphere. At this stage I calculated that I was on for a 3hr:45min finish which I would have been happy with considering having been unwell and the level of training I'd done.

The 20 mile mark was a significant milestone as I was now counting down the miles instead of up. After mile 23 I would now be running in completely new terroritory as 21 miles was the furthest road miles I had done during training. Entering Blackfriars Tunnel was a short welcome relief from the baking sun and once out on the other side there would only be roughly a couple of miles to go to the finish.

My pace seemed to drop off considerably at around 24 miles and I had to have a word with myself to keep moving at a running pace and not a jog. Just before the 25 mile marker I heard my son Lewis shouting out from the crowd. I spotted him at Embankment with Pam and Lucy, all out to cheer both myself and the other runners on.

With a mile to go I realised that I wasn't even going to make the 3hr 50min mark. I don't know what had happened in those last few miles but I must have slowed the pace quite a bit. After passing through Parliment Square and running alongside St James' Park, with only 800 metres to go, I passed a man who could barely stand up. He had lost all control of his legs and fell to the ground in a heap. I still feel guilty about running by and not helping him but there were plenty of medics around who would be able to offer him assisstance. I hope he is ok and hopefully he was still able to cross the finish line and receive his medal. It must be heart renching for anyone not to be able to complete the marathon but to make it that far and falter, so close to the finish, must be heart breaking, after all those months of training.

With only 400 metres to go it was time to put a bit of a spurt on.  At the end of St James's Park the route turns right passing Buckingham Palace and then turns into the Mall for the final 200 metres to the finish line. I sprinted this final 200metres (well as best you can after 26.2 miles) to finish in some sort of respectable fashion, crossing the finish line in 3hours 51 minutes and 41 seconds.

Although very disapointed with my time I had fully enjoyed the event and was happy that I'd ran in memory of my friend Ray Glazer and was able to raise money for two very worthy charities - MacMillan Cancer Support and Alzheimer's Society.

Now that a few days have passed and I've had time to reflect I suppose, as others have told me, that I shouldn't be too dissapointed with my time. After all I never originally set out to run a certain time. I ran the London Marathon because it was always something I'd wanted to do. Being a fellrunner, I only intended to run it the once and therefore wanted to enjoy the whole event whilst raising money for charity. Because I was running for charity I'd deliberalty conducted my training carefully and with caution so as not to get injured and ensure I made it to the start line. Coupled with not being to well and missing alot of my training, over the last two weeks, and starting too far back in the line-up, I suppose I can't complain.

However, I know I can run a much faster time, and as I told myself, within the first couple of miles, I will be running another to try to get a better time.

Two days after the marathon I was back out running on the hills and already formulating plans for my next fundraising adventure.

Thanks to all the people who sent messages of support and to those who donated to MacMillan Cancer Support and the Alzheimer's Society. Your donations will help to make a difference to peoples lives.

Chris M

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Off down to London

This may be my last post now, before the London Marathon, as tomorrow I will be down in London doing a week's work. Things are likely to be very busy so I may not get a chance to post anymore blogs until after the marathon.

After my initial signs that I was recovering from feeling unwell I have to report that the 'Man Flu' and throat infection are still lingering though I hope I'm on the mend now. The aching joints and general feeling of weekness have passed and now I'm just left with a bunged up head & sinuses and an irrating cough. Although I have to say I have little energy still, soon get out of breath and the legs don't feel to strong.

After a couple of days running last week, after a three day forced rest, I've done no running again now since Wednesday gone. I've missed some critical tapering runs including last weekends 16 miler and todays 10 miler. Hopefully I'll get a couple of gentle runs in through the week (work permiting) which will give my legs a wake up call, ready for next Sunday.

Thanks to those who have given words of support and to those that have already donated, either on-line or in cash, to MacMillan Cancer Support and Alzheimer's Society. People can still donate using the charity links on the right-hand-side of this site.

Good luck to everyone who is running the London Marathon.

Chris M

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

This dam cold ...

I'm definately suffering from a cold and slight throat infection. Infact last night my voice started to go.

After not running since Friday and missing a 16 mile run on Monday, yesterday I decided I just had to get a run in. It would either kill me or cure me I thought! well I'm still here.

I went up to the running club, where the first club handicap of the summer season was being held, with the intention of just taking a gentle run around the 10k off road course. I did set off with all good intentions untill I saw people up ahead and just had to set them in my sites and at least catch up to them. with the first 3 runners overtaken I re-adjusted my sites onto a couple of other runners further along the route. Once we got onto the rougher ground, I made good progress and passed them also.

I completed the course in just over 46 minutes, which I was more than pleased with to say that I set out quite slow early on, with no intentions of racing, and didn't push it on the final stretch to the finish. Hopefully, I thought, that has done the trick?

The article which Lewis was writing for the Oldham Chronicle went in last night. Lets hope that raises some more sponsorship for the charities!

Today, although my throat has felt a bit raw and my head's all stuffed up I do actually feel somewhat better. I went for a gentle run, at lunch time, for about an hour, with Mark and Bruce, two friends from the running club. Our runs together are always enjoyable, with the conversation ranging from joking and general banter to serious in-depth discussions about anything from politics and religion to business and world affairs. Every day is a learning day!

I think if I get plenty of rest I should get over this no problem in time for marathon day.

The newspaper article generated quite a bit of interset, with various people offering to donate to the charities which I'm running for. The power of the media hey.

Chris M