Thursday, 4 December 2014

Liverpool Santa Dash 2014 - on BBC Radio Merseyside

On Radio Merseyside talking about running Liverpool Santa Dash to support Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood in RwandaThanks to Ngunan Adamu of BBC Radio Merseyside for giving us the opportunity to talk about our work for maternal health and safe motherhood in Rwanda.

We were invited to talk on her Upfront programme on November 30th about the projects and about our fundraising efforts, especially Running4Rwanda at the Liverpool Danta Dash.

You can still be part of the action on Sunday. If you have not entered, there is still time. Or you can come into Liverpool on Sunday to be a spectator. Or failing that, you can sponsor us as we run for Rwanda. Our fundraising page for the Liverpool Santa Dash can be found on www.bmycharity.com

Thank you for your support, and thank you for your generosity

Monday, 1 December 2014

BTR Liverpool Santa Dash 2014 - a week to go

Peter and Jane running Liverpool Santa Dash to fund Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood in Rwanda
December 1st, so less than a week to go to BTR Liverpool Santa Dash 2014.

Thanks to everyone who has sponsored us so far, but there is still plenty of time to raise some more - go to our Bmycharity page to make a donation to fund maternal health and safe motherhood projects in Rwanda.

Every penny raised will go to funding these vital projects, so please be generous

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Liverpool Santa 'tache

Image of Martin after 1 week not shaving to support maternal health and safe motherhood in RwandaOne of our regular supporters can't make it to the Liverpool Santa Dash this year, but still wants to support us, so has come up with an alternative method of raising funds for the Maternity Hospital and Safe Motherhood projects in Shyira, Rwanda - he has given up shaving, and is growing his very own Santa 'tache !

Image of Martin after 2 weeks not shaving to support maternal health and safe motherhood in RwandaMartin Baxter has run most of the Liverpool Santa Dashes since its start, but this year he will be growing a Santa beard and a Santa 'tache instead. He has given up shaving during November, so by the time December comes round he will have a beard to rival any on show at the Liverpool Santa Dash.


If you would like to reward his solo effort, he has set up a fund-raising page on www.bmycharity.com, so please support him as he supports Maternal Health in Rwanda

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

BTR Liverpool Santa Dash 2014

It's back! Liverpool Santa Dash - the biggest Santa Dash in Britain, and maybe the World !

From humble beginnings in 2004, the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash has grown year on year to become the phenomenon that brings over 8000 Santas to the centre of Liverpool.

And for 2014, the biggest and best promises to be even bigger and better on its 10th anniversary - the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash is aiming to bring over 10000 Santas to the centre of Liverpool, many of them raising funds for charity.

I have run in every BTR Liverpool Santa Dash, and once again, I will be running for Shyira Trust, raising funds for the Maternity Hospital and Safe Motherhood projects in Shyira, Rwanda. In previous years we have had a team, as many as 15, but this year there may be just me. But however many we have running, we will have fun, while Running for Rwanda.

If you would like to help, you can, and you have two choices - you can join me, get sponsorship, and we can all run for Rwanda. Alternatively, to help me raise much-needed funds for Maternal Health in Rwanda, you can sponsor me at www.bmycharity.com and every penny raised by Shyira Trust, plus Gift Aid, will be used to support maternal health projects in Rwanda

Whatever you decide, please support me as I maintain my ever-present status at Liverpool Santa Dash 2014 - one of only a handful of runners to have run all 11 stagings of the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Walking 4 Maternal Health in Rwanda

Walking was supposed to be the easiest of the three disciplines - but it has proved to be the most difficult :-( Not the actual walking, but sorting out the logistics.

I had planned to start at Penrith and walk the route of the Roman road to Ambleside, but it has proved more difficult than originally planned. The plan was to stay in Ambleside, get public transport to Penrith, then walk back via High Street. Unfortunately, the bus timetable changed over summer, so what had started as a viable arrangement became impractical.

We still managed to do a walk from Ambleside - the Fairfield Horseshoe - but not anywhere near long enough to be classed as a challenge.

We also did 40-odd miles of the St Paul Trail in Turkey, but that was spread over 6 days of walking, so again, not quite the challenge I had in mind. It was moderately difficult, but nothing like as hard as I had hoped for when I set myself the target, so for now, I am going to abandon the RunWalkRide4Rwanda supporting Safe Motherhood and Maternal Health in Rwanda.

Note the emphasis on for now - I will revisit this next year. I already have the Running 4 Rwanda and Riding 4 Rwanda events arranged. In 2015 I will be running the whole of the BTR Liverpool Tour of Merseyside (52 miles in 6 races in 7 days in July). And new for 2015, my first cycle event - the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia (81 miles, climbing 1200m in the Scottish Highlands, on 10th May). All I need now is a suitable walk, and the 'triathlon' is back on again.

Until then, or at least until the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash, you can still help us to support Safe Motherhood and Maternal Health in Rwanda by clicking the link Run, Walk, Ride for Rwanda

Friday, 25 July 2014

Riding 4 Maternal Health in Rwanda

That's bike riding, not horse riding! And not quite the 48 miles planned, but still my longest bike ride since ... well, ever. And not content with making it a long ride, it was also a hard ride, at the hottest time of the hottest day of the year.

Just a fortnight after my running exploits, I set off from just outside Keswick heading towards Grasmere, then through Ambleside. Turning towards Troutbeck is the notoriously steep Holbeck Lane - not as bad as some of the Lakeland passes, but probably the steepest climb I've ever ridden. Then the long slow drag up Kirkstone Pass to the Kirkstone Inn, and a welcome break for lunch. Tempting as it was to spend the afternoon there, the route then goes down the other side towards Glennridding. If climbing up was hard work, then hurtling down was scary.

Along Ullswater, then a sharp left, and another long slow drag to Dockray, then heading towards the other Troutbeck. A couple of diversions to avoid the busy A66, then Threlkeld and the stone circle at Castlerigg. I had intended to go into the centre of Keswick to the Saddleback cafe for coffee and cake, but as time was getting on I went straight back to base at Low Nest Farm, and had coffee and cake there instead.

Just over 46 miles in the saddle, so 73 miles towards my RunWalkRide4Rwanda supporting Safe Motherhood and Maternal Health in Rwanda

Monday, 14 July 2014

Running 27 miles 4 Maternal Health in Rwanda

Well that's the running legs out of the way - more than half of the BTR Liverpool Tour of Merseyside done. It was hard work, but good fun in a painful sort of way.

Tuesday's 10 mile run took place along the Sustrans cycle trail from Walton Hall Park. Heading South along the disused railway line, the route reached Broadgreen before returning to the start. A further mile or so North, then turning again to return to the start point. I'm not sure of the accuracy of the course, but a time of 1hr 14min was my fastest 10 miler of the year, and my best for a long time. 49th overall, 42nd male, so not too bad

Thursday's 5 mile race around Hale seemed harder - probably because I was still feeling the effects from Tuesday. I last ran this race about 15 years ago, and it hasn't got any easier! Slower than hoped for, but 37min put me in 69th position, 62nd male.

Saturday is usually my chance to have a lie-in - not this week! I needed an early start to get to New Brighton for this 12 mile run to Hoylake and back. I really struggled between 3 and 5 miles, but recovered and finished strongly, passing people for most of the return. A time of 1hr 34min place me 41st overall and 36th male, my best of the week.

Overall, a good chance to get some decent running done, and also a chance to show the Running4Rwanda vest to a wider audience. Who knows? Next year I may do the whole Tour of Merseyside and run the full 52 miles in aid of Safe Motherhood and Maternal Health in Rwanda.

Until then, there's still the little matter of a walk and a bike ride to get done: www.bmycharity.com/runwalkride4rwanda

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Running, Walking and Riding 4 Rwanda

It's taken a while, but I've finally decided what to do to celebrate 30 years of running. In fact, it's taken me so long to decide, that it's actually just about to start.

I had thought about running 30 miles, but on medical advice I can no longer do 'endurance' events - i.e. I can't run a Marathon, or anything over about a half-marathon

Then I thought about walking 30 miles, but that would probably take too long.

Or cycling 30 miles - probably not enough of a challenge.

So why not somehow combine all three? So that's the plan - run about 30 miles, but split over three events; walk a similar distance; then ride my bike, but over double the distance. The final details of the walk and the bike ride still need a bit of working out, but here's the running leg(s):

Tour of Merseyside Race 3 - 10-mile Sustrans cycle trail from Walton Hall Park
Tour of Merseyside Race 4 - 5-mile Halton Road Race around Hale
Tour of Merseyside Race 6 - 12-mile Wirral Coastal Run from New Brighton

The walking leg will possibly be the 'High Street' walk, from the Roman fort at Penrith to the Roman fort in Ambleside.

Then the cycling leg will probably be the first section of the Fred Whitton Challenge route, from Grasmere to Keswick via Ambleside, Troutbeck, Kirkstone Pass, Glenridding and Castlerigg stone circle, but with the addition of about 12 miles to get to the start at Grasmere, then another couple of miles to get back to my starting point.

The walk will probably be about 24 miles, and the cycle route will be about double that. So all-in-all, about 100 miles. Admittedly it is spread over a number of stages over three weeks, but then so is the Tour de France, and if it's good enough for them, then it's good enough for me.

Of course, I'm not doing it for fun or entertainment, but as a challenge. And as a challenge, I'm going to need some encouragement along the way. So if you think you'd like to give me some encouragement, you can - by making it all worthwhile and sponsoring me to complete the challenge. Any money raised will go towards supporting maternal health, safe motherhood, and midwifery projects in Shyira, Rwanda.

You don't have to run 27 miles, or walk 24, or ride 48 miles to make a difference to the lives of women and children in Rwanda. In fact, you don't even have to move away from the computer!

Just go direct to my website at www.bmycharity.com/runwalkride4rwanda and make a donation, big or small.

Every penny raised by Shyira Trust, plus Gift Aid, goes direct to the project in Rwanda - no wages, no rents, no overheads, just 100% commitment to support Safe Motherhood and Maternal Health projects in Rwanda.

Wish me luck. I may need it

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

3 walkers 27 miles 4 Rwanda

Making a change from running and cycling, something a bit more sedate, but every bit as challenging - walking 27 miles for Rwanda. Three supporters of Shyira Trust will be embarking on their challenge on Saturday 26th April. They will be walking in the Lake District, from just outside Keswick, via Grasmere, Elterwater and Coniston to Lowick.

From their fund-raising website:

Walking in the Lake District for RwandaThree of us will be walking 27 miles to raise money to help to extend/rebuild the maternity hospital in Shyira. Ten years ago, the maternity building was replaced and two midwives trained. The result has been a dramatic reduction in the death rates of both mothers and babies. It's an inspiring story, check out the website, however more needs to be done. Now the maternity hospital is overcrowded as more and more people want to benefit from the expertise and dedication of the staff and the building has to be extended or rebuilt to maintain safe conditions. All the money raised will go to the maternity hospital.

You don't have to be around the people from Shyira Trust for long to feel like you would walk over hot coals for this project but we just have to walk 27 miles and with your support we will make a difference. Thanks!


And you don't have to walk 27 miles to make a difference to the lives of women and children in Rwanda, you don't even have to move away from the computer!

Just go to their website and make a donation, big or small.

Every penny raised by Shyira Trust, plus Gift Aid, goes direct to the project in Rwanda - no wages, no rents, no overheads, just 100% commitment to support Safe Motherhood and Maternal Health projects in Rwanda.

Good luck Jackie and the rest of the team