Paris Marathon 2013

...and the beat goes on...

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Dark Vader    pirate
17/05/2013 at 11:40

TD..   is there a general sponsorship page..?   If so..   publicise here and on FB and we can forward it... also, on twitter and you can ask for re-tweets from people... 

It's a remarkable undertaking...  well done to you and your organising team  


17/05/2013 at 11:43

DV - that's right, and is why I tell parents of my patients that it's not me (or my partners) they should be bringing the cookies for - its the nurses.  They are really the people who make the difference.    And I'm sure that's true in many, many walks of life.

17/05/2013 at 11:45

And in sad news....

17/05/2013 at 11:48

Very true, watching "this is it" by Michael Jackson made me realise how much work,effort, money, time and how many people goes to organise a good show

17/05/2013 at 11:54

DV - You're completely right about that. She's got quite a team behind her. I think the team from the North Face are really trying to make a USP because all of their runners are doing crazy things recently (like the guy that ran across New Zealand).

It's great that you can keep a track of her.

You're completely right about having a crew behind you. It's one thing that i'm seeing by helping with ITLR. Tricky is doing so much and the team are utterly fantastic.

Dark Vader    pirate
17/05/2013 at 12:23

A truly epic self-funded adventure going on right now is by Tom Denniss.   He is literally running around the world....   as of yesterday he completed his run across Europe and now covered 21,000 km which is approximately 80% of his journey.   He has his wife and a daughter with him and he is, as far as I know, funding it himself.   You'll see from his biog that he is a succesful businessman..’s-this-‘tom’-guy/


17/05/2013 at 12:29

Weedy - It was in Kenya !  The strimmer is also refered to as the Weedy, (I was not implying to kill weeds).

Eggy - how did you catch a GFA ?  I find the Taser works best

17/05/2013 at 13:44

Maybe you could start by offering me a beer PC91. No promises though...

PC91 wrote (see)

Eggy - how did you catch a GFA ?  I find the Taser works best

DV - when we've got ourselves just that little bit more together in the coming week or two, I'll make a pain of myself by plugging the ITLR activity. We'll certainly be very grateful for all the retweets, blogging and Facebook Sharing that can be done by other people thereafter. Thanks for the prompt!

17/05/2013 at 13:48
Tricky Dicky¹ wrote (see)

Maybe you could start by offering me a beer PC91. No promises though...

Not on the first date eh?

17/05/2013 at 14:08

PC91 - remind me to wear my wellies next time we meet.

This made me laugh



17/05/2013 at 15:43

Orbutt - I'm in the Interval study, giving blood every 8 weeks. I'm finding it retakes slows my running down (yes, even more than normal). Does it affect you much?

17/05/2013 at 16:16

RR - good idea, you cant out run me in wellies.

Dark Vader    pirate
17/05/2013 at 18:02

Catalogue of issues today on Mrs DV's bike ride...  heavy rain, umpteen punctures, two separate crashes leading to one bike being damaged and requiring the support vehicle to deliver a spare bike, cuts, grazes, and generally a miserable day on the road..   they only managed 65 miles..   too far behind schedule to complete today's ride so the bikes and riders will be transported to the hotel.  They are just north of Antwerp..


Dark Vader    pirate
17/05/2013 at 18:17

Mind you..  some very funny messages on the blog..   sense of humour seems still in tact...!



17/05/2013 at 19:08

Crickey DV - that sounds heavy going! I worry for them if they're having issues in the land of bikes And cycle lanes!

17/05/2013 at 20:51

Iain - I'm a platelet donor, so they take out my whole blood, centrifuge it, extract the plasma and platelets and return my red cells.

I only really lose fluid, which the body makes up again within 48 hours. Initially, I used to donate every two weeks but my haemoglobin levels were dropping a bit, so now I only donate every 4 weeks (but not in a week close to a big event).

I don't run on the same day as a donation, as I have found that I don't quite have as much energy as normal, but the next day is ok.

Whole  blood donation is a different story, as you lose your red cells. I think it can take the body 1-2 weeks to replace them and as they transport the oxygen around the losing them is bound to tire you out a bit when you exert yourself.


DV - sounds like the Mrs is having a bit of an epic. Sending her warm and fuzzy thoughts.  

Dark Vader    pirate
17/05/2013 at 21:03

Orbutt...   Mrs DV is fine and having a good time..  they are all in a bar in Antwerp now and apparently having a laugh about the chaos of the day...  one person apparently had 5 punctures...!!

I used to be a platelet donor..  I did it until the clinic at Lewisham hospital was closed.   My 'score' is over 250 now, and when I go normal blood doning sessions it always attracts attention as they rarely see people with such high scores.   Ultra blood doning...      How long have you been doing it..?   I guess you much have racked up a decent number too..?   I have the purple 100+ card...  I did ask for a 200+ card when it went over that but they said they don't produce them after 100 as so few people ever get that far.

I can't say I've ever suffered or noticed any loss of energy from blood doning..


17/05/2013 at 21:56

Orbs, DV my mum had a lot of platelet transfusions when she was very ill first with PBC/Liver transplant and then AML (during the chemo). Nasty stuff but those donations helped keep her with me for a bit longer so i thank you both for doing your bit.

17/05/2013 at 22:32

I donated platelets for a few years in memory of a friend's wife.She died when we were all in our 40s. She'd had a lot of chemo. The sessions went absolutely fine for years...and , then , one day I just lost my nerve about it OK for blood-doning, though. * I do that for the cup of tea and the biscuit... *


18/05/2013 at 01:03

You people really are fab.


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