Half marathon in a pub!!

Dear friends,

After a long time without a fundraising event (but having done lots of running) I am pleased to announce there will be a fundraiser for the bowel/colon cancer charity EuropaColon at the 3 Carrots Pub; but with a twist!!!

As well as a raffle (some great prizes!) and special drinks that evening I will also run a half marathon (on a treadmill) in the pub!

To celebrate the fact that my oncologist does not want to see me for a whole year – my very recent set of major hospital tests showed I am still cancer free and thus it is 2 years since I completed many months of chemotherapy – worth celebrating.

The fundraising is to help EuropaColon with their work across Europe (including Serbia) as a charity helping and supporting those with and who may have bowel/colon cancer. Having been there, done that, and survived advanced cancer myself this worthwhile cause is so worth supporting.

So do come along – 3 Carrots Pub, Kneza Miloša 16, Wednesday 28 September, from 18:30 until late 🙂

Mines a half poster

See you there 🙂

Supreme Quiz – Ruma – 13 June

Summer in Ruma (Рума); a lovely place to be 🙂

As well as the sights and sounds of this lovely town on a normal summers day, on Saturday June 13 there is an extra incentive to be there. In the centre of the town a “Family Fun Day” and “Supreme Quiz” will be held. Alongside lots for adults and children to do (bouncy castle, face painting, local stalls etc…), Yvo Kühling, renowned author, and expert Quiz Master will host his final quiz in Serbia, before he and his family move to their new post.

Organised by Philomena and Jules, Co-Presidents of the Belgrade Foreign Visitor’s Club, and supported by the Turistička Organizacija Opštine Ruma (Tourist Organization of the Municipality of Ruma) it will undoubtedly be a great afternoon 🙂

Proceeds from this event will go to bowel cancer charities, via the Neil4BC campaign, and also to the Giving Back Serbia campaign.

Hope you can come along 🙂

Family Funday in English

Family Funday in Serbian

Novi promotivni spot Turističke organizacije opštine Ruma – Tourist video about Ruma

Ring O’ Fire

I have entered another race, to aid bowel cancer charities, and to show that there can be life after cancer 🙂
And so, with the brains of a man in his mid-forties I have entered the Ring O’ Fire race. This is a not a normal race, but one that is a bit of a challenge (he says jokingly!)
135 miles (217 km) around Anglesey in 3 days is what is takes to complete the amazing Ring O’ Fire coastal ultramarathon.
NB – an ultramarathon is a race of any distance greater than that of a marathon (like the London Marathon I just managed to get around at the end of April!)
I’ve never done an ultramarathon before, so why not, especially at my age, have a go at a tough one if you are going to do one 🙂
Ring O' Fire Logo

The race is on from 4-6 September, so I will try to fit in a bit of training over the hot summer months in Belgrade (noting I will do a half marathon in Novi Sad on 27 June at night, because it should be too hot during the day they have it a night – logical!)

Basically an ultramarathon isn’t about the time (provided you can get to the daily final checkpoints within the deadline set) but it is about endurance – can you keep going to the end. That’s what I want to see if I can do, so my time and distance deadlines will be:

Ring O' Fire Route

 

Whilst this is a major challenge for me, it is also about helping others, and as my facebook profile picture shows, in entering such a challenge I do want to raise monies to help others. Please donate and help 🙂

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So what is the Ring O’ Fire?
Below is an explanation in both English and Serbian, and then a video the organisers produced a few years ago (before they lengthened the route by a few miles!)

“Ring O’ Fire is a 217 km coastal ultra marathon circumnavigating the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales.

This epic foot race is staged over three consecutive days (Start 13:00hrs 4th – 6th September 2015) and follows the rugged and spectacular Anglesey Coastal Path around the island. The extreme distance and variable terrain places Ring O’ Fire as one of the most extreme ultra marathons in the United Kingdom.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of Snowdonia Mountain Range, Ring O’ Fire offers adventurous runners the opportunity to challenge their limits in some of the most awe inspiring coastal scenery in Wales.

Almost all the coastline of Anglesey is a designated “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” and runners will encounter a wide variety of terrain, including: tidal estuaries, sandy beaches, pebbled and rocky coves, steep cliff top paths, sand dunes, farmers’ fields and sections of forest.

It’s not all nature, as runners pass Holyhead’s ferry port; Beaumaris Castle built in 1295 AD; the grand Menai & Britannia Bridges spanning the turbulent Straits; the ancient burial mounds at Cable Bay are worth a few moments of time; and later RAF Valley, the airbase where all RAF and RN jet fighter pilots advance their training!

Ring O’ Fire should not be underestimated; the 135 mile (217 m) distance and 13,695 feet of vertical ascent make this a mammoth undertaking for even the most hardy of runners.”

“Ватрени прстен (Ring О`fire) је ултра-маратон којi својом трасом у дужини од 217 километара прати обалу острва Англеси у Северном Велсу.

Епска трка траје три дана (почиње у 13х 4. јуна, а траје до 6. јуна 2015. године) и прати стазу познату и као „Anglesey Coastal Path“ која се протеже дуж спектакуларно дивље обале острва Англеси. Екстремна дужина трке и промењиве карактеристике терена чине „Ватрени прстен“ једном од најекстремнијих ултрамаратонских трка у Уједињеном краљевству.

Планински ланац Сноудонија даје импресивне кулисе за „Ватрени прстен“, па тркачи имају идеалну прилику да границе своје издржљивости  испитају у можда најимпресивнијем природном окружењу које Велс може да понуди.

Скоро целокупна обала острва Англеси је означена као „Област нарочите природне лепоте“ што тркачима омогућава трку кроз различите пределе који укључују речна ушћа, пешчане плаже, камените обале и стеновите заливе, стрме литице, пешчане дине, фарме и шуме.

Међутим, трка није само у природном окружењу јер пролази и поред луке за фериботе Холихед, замка Бомарис, изграђеног 1295. године, потом величанствених мостова Менаи и Британија који преко немирног залива повезују Англеси са копном, античких погребних хумки у заливу Кејбл, који сваки за себе заслужују неколико тренутака пажње. На самом крају трасе налази се база Краљевског ратног ваздухополовства „Вели“ у којој енглески ратни пилоти увежбавају своје летачке способности.

Трку Ватрени прстен не треба потцењивати. Раздаљина од 217 км као и успон од 13,695 фита чине је мамутски великим подухватом за велику већину тркача, укључујући ту и ветеране”

Should you wish to join up and enjoy the fun then please do either via a charity place (5 still available at time of posting), or pay for your own place – it is sure to be an experience like no other 🙂

Oh, and why’s it called the Ring O’ Fire (…Johnny Cash) :-):

“Love is A Burning Thing
And it Makes A Fiery Ring
Bound By Wild Desire
I Fell Into A Ring Of Fire
I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher
And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire”Johnny cash

or just go to this link, the original video made a year before I was born (it is though on Rolling Stones list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time) 🙂

Neil4BC @ BIS ICF on 16 May

This Saturday, if you are in Belgrade, do come along to the British International School‘s Primary Campus (at Užička 7a) between 10:30 and 16:00 for the annual International Charity Festival (previously known as the Spring Charity Bazaar). The proceeds of this years event will go to support the work of the Red Cross in Kragujevac who have a special link to Britain.

Lots for children and adults to do, see and enjoy, so come along…

BIS International Charity Festival posterIn addition to all the stall there, there will also be a Charity Runner Neil/Neil4BC stall.
It’s there for several reasons, which tie in with the reasons for this whole campaign and stated on the website:
1) Raising money for bowel cancer charities through the sale of Neil4BC polo shirts/t-shirts/charity CDs as well as asking for donations;
2) Promoting and raising the awareness of bowel cancer through having literature and links available, and generally by simply being there make people think about bowel cancer and what can be done;
3) Letting people know about the next charity run, and thus demonstrating what can be done post-cancer, and hoping that people will think I am so mad in doing this run they will donate to the charities (which links in with point 1!)

Mentioning point 3) above, I just received the A2 and A3 sized posters today, to go along with other materials that will be on display. A full description of the race in Anglesey will come in the next blog post, it’s a big event…
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So come along and join in the fun this Saturday 🙂

 

Thank you London

I did it, I made it, I got around the London Marathon on 26 April 🙂

The year before I was undergoing chemotherapy, and when I crossed the finish line and then for the hour or so afterwards it was very emotional. It hit me harder than I had imagined that the silly idea I had had whilst lying in a hospital bed unable to feel one of my arms due to the drugs I was receiving, had actually come to fruition. Forget the time (just over 5 hours, slowest ever by a long way), this wasn’t about that, but just getting to the finish line, and having the medal around my neck. Also, and just as important, is the fact that we have raised over £4,100 for bowel cancer charities.
with London Marathon medal
Thanks also to the team at Bowel Cancer UK for looking after me when I finished. I really needed the cups of tea, slabs of cake and the four-hands massage!

I now have the t-shirt as well to show I finished it:
Finshers t-shirt

But time moves on, and the desire to continue running, both for my own benefit, but also to use something that (most times) I enjoy to help others is still with me.

To this end I have entered, at the end of June a half-marathon, and along with some friends, around the lovely city of Novi Sad, at night. This one is just for me, so that I know I can still get around 21 km, and hopefully improve on my post-cancer best time of 1 hour 47 minutes.
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Before this though I have more medical tests at the end of May, I hope they too will come back as clear so it stays post-cancer!

I also have another charity run planned in September, but this event in Anglesey is SO BIG it deserves its own post…

 

800 km up

800 km – this is the recorded distance I have run since my chemotherapy finished last September, as training for the London Marathon​ which takes place in exactly one week’s time.

800km-running

Please support my charity efforts,
£8 / €8 / $8 / 800 RSD for the 800 km would be fantastic 🙂

http://justgiving.com/neil4bc
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/neil4bc
or (if in UK) text BOCA99 £8 to 70070

All monies raised go to help bowel cancer charities in the UK, Serbia and across Europe.

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Send-Off party @ 3 Carrots

With the London Marathon just over a week away, if you are in Belgrade, I hope to see you at a Send-Off party at the Three Carrots Pub on Thursday 23rd April from 7:00 pm. The following day I will be flying to London ready for the marathon itself.

Great time to socialise, with special drinks prices, and also a raffle with some great prizes.

Hope to see you there 🙂
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