I'll be delighted to see so many folk there and it promises to be an absolutely brilliant evening of entertainment and fund raising. At 7pm, there'll be a champagne reception on arrival with what I like to call the "Run Geordie Run Dolly Dealers' super raffle" for both ladies and gents. While you enjoy your Champers, please watch out for the Run Geordie Run "Dolly Dealers*" selling apples and sweety bracelets. Each one of them will have a number attached and up for grabs is a Pandora Bracelet if you bought a sweety bracelet and an iPad 2 if you bought an apple.
Heads and tail, 3 course meal with an American twist, the Run Geordie Run Super Casino and the Run Geordie Run Super Table Raffle
On the tables will be envelopes for each person. In exchange for a donation, at your discretion, you'll be entered into the Run Geordie Run Super Table Raffle. So many kind folk have donated so many superb prizes that I wouldn't be surprised if we all went home with a bit of something*.
*Please note - Run Geordie Run Dolly Dealers are not on the Run Geordie Run Super Raffle prize list but they will be collecting your envelopes.
Once we've got our breath back (and more to the point, Jason after that underpant episode!) it's time to get down to business. This will be my chance to take you through the whirlwind journey across the USA. I'll be explaining just how I managed to run 3100 miles across the USA in 100 days and exactly why I did such a foolish thing. More importantly, I'll have the chance to thank everyone who made, not only that possible, but also helped to raise such a fantastic sum of money for St Benedict's Hospice and The Children's Foundation.
I wrote the speech for this section in my mind while running across the USA. To deliver it to such a wonderfully supportive audience is going to be an absolute honour and a privilege. This is going to be a very profound, personal and emotional thing for me to do so please bear with me as I attempt to keep it together on stage*.
I'll also be dropping a massive hint as to what the next big running challenge is going to be. Not even Mrs Run Geordie Run knows what that is!
I've promised not to touch a drop of alcohol until after this part of the evening is over. We don't want a repeat of my post John O'Groats to Lands End speech in 2007 where I became a cross between Bernard Manning and Frankie Howard. There were sharp intakes of breath from the audience that night where I expected laughter. So please, instead of buying me a beer**, pop the money into the table raffle envelope or buy a few extra Run Geordie Run dollars for the Run Geordie Run Super Casino.
*I'm sure that with the help of the Run Geordie Run Dolly Dealers I'll manage!
**up until that point of the evening! It's fine thereafter. In fact, you're playing catchup!
The Run Geordie Run Super Auction
Up for grabs in the Run Geordie Run Super Auction are some absolutely fabulous prizes. Breakfast show funny man, Gary Phillipson will be our auctioneer for the evening and he will be ably assisted by the much funnier Lisa Shaw.
Fancy going 3 sparring rounds with professional Boxer Tony Jeffries? You can bid for that here.
Fancy a champagne lunch followed by a tour round the Bentley Factory? You can bid for that here.
Fancy a swimming master class with Team GB's Double Commonwealth Champion, British Record holder, Commonwealth Record holder, World Medallist, European Medallist and Olympic Finalist Chris Cook? You can bid for that here.
There are a few other superb items too and I'll be publishing a full list a few days before the ball. I'll also publish the list of prizes for the Run Geordie Run Super Table Raffle at the same time. Speaking of which, once the auction has finished, Run Geordie Run Junior will draw the numbers out for the table raffle. I'm sure that'll go smoothly and once everyone has got their prizes it'll be time for (the resuscitated) Jason Isaacs to take to the stage for his final set of the evening.
Jason Isaacs and The Greg Francis Orchestra (Set 2)
Jason, The Greg Francis Orchestra and those fabulous backing singers will once again take to the stage and whip the audience into a dancing frenzy. Just remember not to dance to "My Way" as you would "The Lady is a tramp" or one of those other upbeat numbers.
I'm sure to be in demand* so you'll find me swapping partners and cutting in like there's no tomorrow during Jason's final set of the evening.
The names of the winners of the Run Geordie Run Super Silent Auction and the Run Geordie Run Super Casino will be on display by the end of Jason's 2nd set. You might want to book a bigger taxi!
*Once again, the Run Geordie Run Dolly Dealers will be on hand if I'm by myself.
Carriages at 1 am
Well that'll be it for another year or so. Where did the evening go? How did I end up winning so many prizes? And why do I have 2 Run Geordie Run Dolly Dealers in my taxi? Those and many other questions will surely be answered by the end of the Run Geordie Run Charity Ball.
It's going to be a blast. We are hopefully going to raise a significant sum of money for St Benedict's Hospice and The Children's Foundation. It'll hopefully be the kind of money that really makes a difference to the already fantastic services offered by the 2 charities. They are desperate for our hard earned cash. Let's make it a great night for the 2 charities. Let's have a bloody good time too!
As I said at the top of this post, the Run Geordie Run ball is almost sold out. If you would like to attend then please don't delay.
Payment for tickets (£65 each or £600 for a table of 10) can be made by Debit/Credit Card to the Marriott or by bank transfer. Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book some tickets. Alternatively, please use the link below.