Macmillan 2007 runners

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20/12/2006 at 22:34
I'm in for Macmillan. There must be more of us because their website says all their GB places are taken!
20/12/2006 at 23:14
Hi Tweety

I'm a fellow Macmillan runner who decided to take the plunge and have a go this year. This will be my third London, although my first for 5 years (spurred on by an excellent cause, the need for a challenge and a general inability to get into any of my trousers!). Am beginning to remember exactly how much training is required (although this week has been far too cold / wet / foggy / close to Christmas etc.), so have decided to have 1 last week of complete gluttony before attempting to reduce alcohol and chocolate in-take in January. Hope everything is well with you - and hope to hear from other Macmillan runners soon (there's supposed to be about 700 of us!?). Good luck!
21/12/2006 at 14:57
hiya duck. it must just me you and me! this is my first every marathon. i have volunteered for macmillan at a few events; it's a great atmosphere.

good luck with the training & fundraising!
Flipper    pirate
21/12/2006 at 20:26
Hello my feathered friends.

I got a place through the ballot this year (this will be my 1st London) and have decided to raise money for macmillan as well.

Glad to see fellow forumites are also doing this - are you going to the training days in february?
21/12/2006 at 22:02
ooh, well done on the ballot flipper. i am going to the saturday training day in february as i do my long runs on a sunday.

am just going to go off and draft some fundraising letters to go out to work in February while i have the spare time. daren't ask anyone now just before christmas!
Flipper    pirate
22/12/2006 at 08:23
It was 4th time lucky on the ballot, tweety so I'm gobsmacked I finally got in this way!

Well done on getting so organised with your fundraising.
27/12/2006 at 11:08
hi all.have just heard that i have snuck in as someone else dropped out.this will be mara 6(flm 4),following initiiation at nyc 2002.
Team macmillan are the business,they are with you all the way.
www.justgiving is v helpful,and use your email signature to 'nag' without nagging...
27/12/2006 at 21:31
welcome alex. i volunteered for macmillan last year at a few events including FLM and it was a great atmosphere. i might have given you a cup of tea at the recovery centre!

i got my first sponsor on just giving yesterday :-)
28/12/2006 at 10:52
alex's website
tweety-i wasn't in FLM last year,i did berlin,under my own steam.i did 2003/4/5 flm and nyc 2002 for macmillan.craig fordham rocks...
have just blast emailed my entire firm...and got a few groans of not again,beat me to it with the begging letter,etc etc.

30/12/2006 at 22:21
Hi all.

I am another runner for macmillan - got a GB place with them as missed out in the ballot.

My first marathon so its very exciting but also very scary.

Bring it on!

31/12/2006 at 01:31
Count me in, that makes 6 of us. Also got a GB place as missed out on the ballot. This will be my 3rd London and 8th Marathon. Last one was NY in '02'. Wife thinks I'm made, but then you have to be to live in this country.

Running for Macmillan as I know a number of people who have suffered in one way or another, some unfortunately paid the ultimate price.

Looking forward to it, trying for a PB of under 3:45. Am doing this whilst at work have just done 5 miles on a treadmill in 43:00 during my break. Now that is mad or dedicated (not sure which).

Good luck to everyone
01/01/2007 at 21:26
richard - it's my first marathon as well. good luck with the venture into new territory!

shostas - wow; 5 miles in 43mins. i am deeply impressed. i am very much a plodder but am improving slowly (slowly being the operative word!)

happy new year everyone :-)
02/01/2007 at 03:16

The secret is not to rush the training, qickest way to an injury (learnt the hard way), just add to it bit by bit and it will all fall into place.

If anyone has any fundraising ideas please post as we may be able to use the ideas, as £1900 is a big total if you are a GB place holder,so any help would be appreciated.

I am currently at work on nights, hence posting at this time.

If anyone lives in the following areas this may be of interest as a fundraising idea.
Birmingham, Solihull & West Midlands
Bristol, Bath & West
Cardiff, Newport & South Wales
Coventry & Warickshire

There is a book available called 'The Big Invitation' web site This is designed to help individuals raise money for their chosen charity. depending on how many books are sold a minimum of £4 per book goes to your charity (and your personal total) this book has over £12,000 of savings for £19.99.

All the details on the website, I have an order form for 25 so far been going for 2 weeks. So good luck if you use it.

Used the book last year 2006 and saved my family over £250. well worth the investment

Good luck to you all with your training in 2007 and a Happy New Year and successful FLM 2007.
02/01/2007 at 03:51

I am thinking of doing the race in the Macmillan Green Wig, has anyone had any experience of the wigs, good idea or bad? I imagine they could be a bit on the itchy side and also make you hot.
02/01/2007 at 10:12
shostas - you could maybe try temporary green hair dye or green hair spray instead. i find that i can only wear a wicking cap; anything else drives me crazy and that's even in cold weather. can imagine if it's hot on 22nd april, you will be suffering a bit!

had wondered why you were posting at 3am!

i think alex's hint about using your email signature is a good one. i am using that one already.

i am leaving a box in my office and getting everyone to bring in their old christmas cards for recycling. you can create a flyer on the be.macmillan website. i did this last year but this year, i am asking people for a small contribution for the service (i take them to my local tesco) and am offering a bottle of wine (liberated from my parents house at the weekend, thanks mum and dad) as an incentive.

raising money and doing my bit for the environment.
02/01/2007 at 12:09
Hello fellow Team Macmillaners! Great to see that there's a few of us mad enough to do this.

So far, my training has consisted of four 5 mile runs over the festive break and a massive amount of wine, beer and and chocolate - have just been told that there's 40 calories in just one Celebration chocolate which may explain why I'm feeling distinctively heavier). However, am kicking the bad stuff into touch for as long as possible (if I make it to the weekend I'll be amazed!) Any tips of improving will power greatly appreciated!

As for the wig, Shostas, I'd agree with Tweety - you'll bake if you wear it, so go for the spray option (just make it sure it doesn't run when you sweat!).

Good luck everyone! Quack.
02/01/2007 at 15:14
you could wear a sweat band to stop any dye that might run into your eyes. if you can't find a green one, you could use dylon cold water dye. they are pretty colour fast (I use it on my sofa covers.)
02/01/2007 at 16:09
Tweety, thanks for that and good luck to you to. Training not going well at mo as old achilles injury has flared up. Just had 5 days off and bought new shoes and heel supports and did first run today - much better but not perfect.

Shostas - thanks for the idea of the book thing - will check it out. I have a few ideas - letting your mates choose your outfit for a given fee is one. My friends want me to dress as a nurse (I am a 16 stone, ex prop forward - go figure) so I told them raise 500 quid and its a deal. They then started talking about chickens and brownies and all sorts, so told them any other outfit is a round thousand. We shall see.

One thing that I am considering is buying a box of tubes of smarties and offering them around the office - the condition is they fill them with 20p and then give them back. I think you can get 10 quid in each box, so could be an earner.

Also, if your local pub/club/gym has somone with lots of locks, persuade him to get them loped off for charity and get people to pay. My Dad just raised 250 quid by doing exactly that.

Good luck to all and a happy new year!
04/01/2007 at 09:05
sorry to hear about the injury richard.

keep the fundraising ideas coming everyone.

i had a stroke of luck yesterday. someone at work saw my email signature after the email i sent round about the card recycling. she has two vendors outside her house on match days (she lives just outside the new arsenal stadium) and they give her money each time they are there and they have all agreed to give it to charity. they had decided between them that the next time they donated, it would probably be Macmillan as the vendors lost their mum to cancer last year and colleague has asked if I would like 2 cheques for £50 each for my fundraising!

Go the Gunners, I say! Although i won't tell my mum, she will probably stalk the poor woman (my mum is an ardent arsenal fan.)
04/01/2007 at 13:22
Hi all
I will be running for Macmillan. This will be my 4th FLM, got a GFA place. Couldn't use last year's due to a fractured knee, so have to use it this year & hopefully requalify.
I have run all mine for Macmillan & can definitely say the support they give is tremendous. The leg massage at the finish is absolutely great & much needed.
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