Friday, 23 January 2009

Many happy returns

Happy 65th birthday to Mr Rutger Hauer! and many many more, nothing but warm and good wishes from me to

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Old chemistry sets

Wow, chem sets older than 'Thomas Salter'. I never knew they existed. It would've been interesting to own one of these ye olde ones.

Monday, 19 January 2009


...The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association very kindly and sweetly updated the webpage they have for me on their site informing the (interested) world about this years race xxx I am hoping now thats sponsors are going to flood in, every pound/dollar/whatever needs to stay optimistic. I've been so busy today with work etc that I haven't had time to go to the gym. I shall make up for that tomorrow. So far 2 attempts at photographing my leisure centre where it all happens have failed lol. I'll also see what I can do about that. Hugs xxx

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Any ideas?

What a gorgeous sunny day it has been...well mostly and I have enjoyed if that is the word lol a rigorous hour in the gym which flew by and certainly gave me a good work out ;¬) My reward was then baking some scrumptious chocolate cupcakes which won't last long ;¬) The weather is now stormy and shall be so again tomorrow by all accounts.
Also contemplating on what to buy Rutger for his impending birthday. I've already selected my run t-shirt for this year. No don't ask, I need to keep somethings a mystery huh?
Take care xxx

Friday, 16 January 2009

Full up!

Apparently BUPA Manchester Run have now reached their entrant limit and so are closed for registration. So it has taken 6 days to get 33,000 runners! I can't exactly recall but I think it was also this fast last year. A matter of days. You have to get in quick or miss out. Also Starfish have put a link to mysite/this blog on their 'Our Friends' section. Bless them what a great honour, hope I live up to that ;¬) Love em xxx

Thursday, 15 January 2009


I enjoyed a nice hour long swim today also chatting with sociable fellow waterlovers. Certainly perks one up for the day although it makes me hungry too. Great excuse to graze all day. Makes me feel full of life and energy. Did I mention I love swimming? ;¬) I actually feel like I am in training, but of course I am!

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Important information

I've had a gentle gym session in a somewhat cold gym today. I think a swim is in order tomorrow. There now only 122 days until this race so that means only 121 training days left. It sounds like a lot when I view it like that ;¬)
Okay comrades here is the important stuff, hope you are listening. For the passed 3 years Starfish have very kindly and beautifully displayed a webpage for me on their website. All funds I have raised have been used to help 'The Tanzania Project'. You can read all about it by clicking on this link

Essentially the money is being used to buy urgently needed cots and heaters to make life more bearable for HIV+ newborn babies. So sad poor, poor things. As it is they are 3 to a cot but I believe this situation is slowly improving. Also a couple of years a go they moved to new premises. A good job too I have to admit to being alarmed and saddened at the condition of the old hospital, on its outside anyway. I guess its the inside that counts.

Take care xxx

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Its official!

I've made a start so now it official I'm in training LOL. Its been a cold day but I did an hours worth in the gym this afternoon, a busy gym with more equipment and new equipment. It gets abit confusing as they keep swaping the gear around. The beauty of my local leisure centre is that it is opposite my flat. Very convienient for dragging myself out of bed and having an early bird swim ;¬) I have a photo of it on my pc which I was going to post but can't for the life of me find it at the moment. Btw tonight if you have a clear sky you have the chance to take a lovely photograph. Tonight the moon is going to be the biggest it will be all year apparently. I wonder if people are going to be checking this by taking a photo every month and comparing it. ;¬) I tried to take a pic lastnight but though it was a pretty night there was too much cloud cover. If I manage it this evening I shall post pic of that instead xxx

I love this

Saturday, 10 January 2009

probable contents

I suppose this blog will get fairly boring if I just drop in and say yep had a swim this morning or did 2 hours in the gym this afternoon. So I shall do as other bloggers do and digress from time to time and add photo's, and tell you what else I might be up to. Also I love the word 'blog roll' ;¬) As I'm a scientist I'm afraid most of the blogs I read are chemistry or science related. I have to confess I've never even read a running one. Better put that right.


Hello there and welcome! I am very happy to have you reading me. Whilst I am an experienced and addicted blog reader this is my very first blog so please bear with me. I hope you will stay around and enjoy this blog as its aim is for a very important cause. I am now officially registered into the 2009 Bupa Greater Manchester 10k run which takes place on Sunday 17th May 2009 and will also be televised by the BBC. I guess the purpose of this blog is twofold, following my journey as I train and also to promote my favourite AIDS charity The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association and its goals. See my website for more details

All feedback and comments are very very welcome and I am of course now accepting sponsorship. Please support us and encouragement me. Its not easy being athletically challenged LOL.

happy 2009 xxx