Friday, 27 February 2009

Red Nose Day 5k (Birchwood)

If you have come to get an entry form, you can download one here.

The Red Nose Day 5k at Birchwood is in aid of Comic Relief.

Shyira Trust is just one of many charities that can benefit from Comic Relief funding. So please support Comic Relief by running this race, or sponsoring someone else to run it.

I usually run races to raise funds directly for Shyira Trust, but in this case I have decided NOT to actively seek sponsorship - I will support Comic Relief by running this race, and hope Shyira Trust may one day be successful with a grant application.

I WILL seek sponsorship for other races (see Events), and will encourage other people to do the same. You can run on behalf of Shyira Trust, or sponsor someone else to run for Rwanda. If you already have an entry for a featured eace, and you want to run it in aid of Shyira Trust, please go to www.bmycharity.com/shyiratrust and follow the 'Become an online fundraiser' link.

If you want to know anything else, have a look at the 'FAQs' link, or if you're still not sure, follow the 'Contact me' link.

Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

GNW half marathon (Blackpool)

Blackpool in February was as I expected it to be - bracing ! And deserted, apart from the 1500 hardy souls who'd made the trip for a flat, and sometimes fast, half-marathon. The course is not inspirational - 2 laps of what is basically an 'out and back' course: the 'out' leg is pancake flat, along the Lower Walk - the sea wall (see picture - that's me on the far right); the 'back' leg is along the Middle Walk - higher, and more undulating.

As it turned out, times were good - lots of PB's and season's bests - helped by the cool conditions, and the breeze which was from the side rather than being head-on.

I had a target of 1:38, aiming for 7:30/mile, so was a bit shocked to go through 1m in 7:07, but feeling good. There were RW pacers, but not at my pace, so ran with the 7min pacer in sight, but at a distance. I kept as steady as possible, but half expected to blow up in the 2nd half. However, I managed to keep it together, averaging 7:10 - 7:15 for most of the race, only slowing slightly between 10m and 12m, before putting in a 6:51 and a strong finish to end up with 1:34:25 - maybe 1:30 isn't out of the question, after all

On a fund-raising note, I managed to raise some funds off-line, which will go to maternity projects in Shyira, Rwanda - sponsoring a midwife, support of safe motherhood and funding the extension of the maternity hospital. (More details on the 'Rwanda' side of the blog). More importantly, I have received some feedback, so am raising awareness of this site, and the work of the Shyira Trust

Friday, 13 February 2009

Red Nose Day 5k (Birchwood)

If you have come to get an entry form, you can download one here.

The Red Nose Day 5k at Birchwood is in aid of Comic Relief.

Shyira Trust is just one of many charities that can benefit from Comic Relief funding. So please support Comic Relief by running this race, or sponsoring someone else to run it.

Or - you can ensure that ALL money raised or donated by you goes directly to projects in Shyira. You can run on behalf of Shyira Trust, or sponsor someone else to run for Rwanda. If you already have an entry for this year's Red Nose Day 5k and you want to run it in aid of Shyira Trust, please go to www.bmycharity.com/shyiratrust and follow the 'Become an online fundraiser' link.

Or - sponsor me to run it. Go to my personal fund-raising page at www.bmycharity.com/petermorganRND09

Thanks for your interest, and thanks for your support

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Contrasting views (2) ...

Six things you may see in Blackpool, that you won't see in Shyira:

The Tower (obviously).
Trams - or any transport, come to that. There may be a hospital vehicle or 2, or you may see a wooden scooter/cycle (pictured right), but apart from that, everyone walks.
The illuminations - in fact you'll be hard-pressed to see anything electric - the only electricity is from the hospital generator, which only fires up for 2 or 3 hours a night.
The sea - Shyira is 600 miles from the nearest sea.
Holidaymakers - you may see visitors, but they are usually visiting the hospital, or one of the projects being undertaken.
The zoo - the only animals you see are for food, or for lugging heavy loads (pictured left). Pets ? What are they ?
In Shyira, you will see rampant poverty and extreme hardship, but you will also find smiling children, and kind-hearted adults. Even if someone has next-to-nothing, they will still invite you into their home, and share a meal with you.

You can help fund the projects in Shyira by visiting my fund-raising page at www.bmycharity.com/petermorganGNW09 or by using the 'my appeal' widget on the right of this page.