Monday, 23 April 2018

The Man From Russia Says "Da"

Two bits of excellent news to start the week! Firstly, the overall fund for the Run Around The World crept over the £297,000 barrier and £29,000 for the Road To Astana campaign at the weekend. This was thanks to some kind donations and also ticket sales for next week's Goodbye Run Geordie Run event (tickets are still available by the way). 
My own personal target of £50,000 is going to require a lot of luck and generosity to achieve but I'm confident. 

In other massive news, I have just taken delivery of my passport which contains a bright and shiny Russian visa inside it. It has taken a lot of form filling in and head scratching to get it. I must say though, the Russian Tourist Office in London have been extremely helpful. When you're going to be travelling across the Russian Federation pulling a buggy the question of "Where will you be staying" is a very tough one to answer. 

With only 42 days until stage 5 of the run around the world starts, the floodgates can now open and some major tasks need to be completed. Booking of flights, freight and accommodation in Belgrade head the very long to do list. Donna and I will be working our way through that as we have done for the previous stages around the world. I've always said that getting to the start line of this run will be an achievement in itself. After getting charity sign off last year, the visa for Russia was the next obstacle. The final obstacle is figuring out how to get the buggy back to the UK from Astana after the end of the run. Watch this space for more news as preparations hot up.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye

What are among my favourite things in this world? Fundraising and curry! It seems only fitting therefore that these things should be combined before I set off on the Road to Astana.

Thanks to a lot of help from my gym buddies at Primal Fitness and Performance, a fundraising evening is to be held on May 4th 2018 at Aneesas Indian Buffet Restaurant in South Shields. 

The evening is a chance to say goodbye before I set off unsupported on stage 5 of the run Around The World; the 2900 mile/100 day journey from Belgrade, Serbia through Romania, Ukraine, Russia to Astana in Kazakhstan. 

This is a chance for friends, family, sponsors, colleagues and followers of my around the world adventures to hear what my final thoughts and fears are with the next stage from Serbia to Kazakhstan due to start very soon. 

Of course, this is also a great excuse to enjoy the delicious Indian buffet at Aneesas. Thanks to restaurant's generousity, ALL proceeds from this event will go to St. Benedict's Hospice. That's every single penny that's raised through ticket sales and the fundraising fun that we have planned on the night. Thanks so much to Aneesas for this unbelievably kind gesture. They do know that I'm carb loading for the big run don't they?

The ticket price is £20 per person for this delicious Indian buffet. Alcoholic drinks are on a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) basis. There is plenty of free parking outside the restaurant and Chichester Metro is only 0.4 miles away. Find out more about Aneesas here.

If you would like to attend then please act quick as tickets are limited and sold on a first come first served basis.

Tickets can be ordered using the form below.