Please Sponsor Me!

#1
I'm running the Stevenage Half Marathon on November 4th. I have just set up a just-giving page and, I hope no-one minds, but I'd like to ask if anyone wants to sponsor me?

As some of you know, I lost part of my leg whilst still serving and so, at the moment, a full marathon is a bit out of my league.

I'm running it on behalf of SSAFA.

If anyone would like to sponsor me, I've put the link to my just-giving page below.
Thank you in advance.

http://www.justgiving.com/halfmarathonstevenage

(Sorry if this sounds like a cheek! :oops: )
 
#4
Have to admit, I'm wondering about the picture I've uploaded. It might put people off sponsoring me if it looks like I'm going to fall over!
 
#5
mephisto said:
Have to admit, I'm wondering about the picture I've uploaded. It might put people off sponsoring me if it looks like I'm going to fall over!
What was going on in the photo? Was she REME? :?
 

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#6
civvygit said:
mephisto said:
Have to admit, I'm wondering about the picture I've uploaded. It might put people off sponsoring me if it looks like I'm going to fall over!
What was going on in the photo? Was she REME? :?

It looks like an.... hurmph.......oil change
 
#8
mephisto said:
Actually, I think I'll take it off! It does look a bit odd (it's all in the context, you know!) ;)
No. Leave it on. Shows the bit (understatement) that's missing 8O
 
#11
armchair_jihad said:
What photo?
I took it off armchair jihad because I felt a bit embarrassed by it! It shows my missing leg (well, obviously not the actual missing leg, but you know what mean!) When I thought about it, I decided to take it off as it looks a bit pathetic.

Thanks to everyone who's sponsored me though.

:D
 
#12
You should not be embarrassed by it, what do you run on? Have you got one of those uber cool 'Cheeta' steel thingies?
 
#13
armchair_jihad said:
You should not be embarrassed by it, what do you run on? Have you got one of those uber cool 'Cheeta' steel thingies?
Mine is a mixture of carbon-fibre and steel. It's made especially for running and it cost me an arm and a leg (pun intended!) But it was worth it! The first one I had kept snapping at the wrong moments! But I've had it replaced now by an updated version (after they'd had more time to test out the tension etc.) and it now has better springs and the foot is shaped better for running. The only problem I have with it, which is one of the reasons I really couldn't do a full marathon at the moment, is that it tends to rub and become seriously painful after a while, especially with high-impact use.

PS I've pmed you a photo of it armchair jihad! :D
 

oldbaldy

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#14
So your not going to let the others see you being 'serviced' by another runner then?
 
#15
Yesterday my sponsorship went up by £165.00 thanks to my posting here and also to a couple of postings on other sites.

I had to plead my way into this half marathon, technically speaking they're not keen on disabled athletes as the course isn't totally flat and they can end up with problems if you should have a fall. Fortunately, I know this route very well and have no real worries about it.

I think this is what happens when people lump all disabilities into one group. True, it wouldn't really be suitable for wheelchairs (which is a shame), but it's also a real shame to put other people off. Lots of people fall over in marathons, not just those of us with only one leg!

A massive thanks to everyone from here who bothered to sponsor me, really kind of you all and very much appreciated by me (and SSAFA!)

:D
 

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#16
mephisto said:
Yesterday my sponsorship went up by £165.00 thanks to my posting here and also to a couple of postings on other sites.

I had to plead my way into this half marathon, technically speaking they're not keen on disabled athletes as the course isn't totally flat and they can end up with problems if you should have a fall. Fortunately, I know this route very well and have no real worries about it.

I think this is what happens when people lump all disabilities into one group. True, it wouldn't really be suitable for wheelchairs (which is a shame), but it's also a real shame to put other people off. Lots of people fall over in marathons, not just those of us with only one leg!

A massive thanks to everyone from here who bothered to sponsor me, really kind of you all and very much appreciated by me (and SSAFA!)

:D
Then again, if you are not in a wheelchair half marathon no one would know if you just turned up with your racing number. Or do you think the elfin safety idiots would dare to stop you on the start line?
Pillocks!
 
#17
oldbaldy said:
Then again, if you are not in a wheelchair half marathon no one would know if you just turned up with your racing number. Or do you think the elfin safety idiots would dare to stop you on the start line?
Pillocks!
Totally agree with you.
 
#18
I went for my morning run this morning and for some obscure reason, part of foot snapped off! :eek: No idea why (it can be mended easily enough).

I was about to strop about it when this woman comes up and asks if she can help. :D Suddenly things seem much better! I showed her the snapped off bit (which I'd managed to retrieve) and she frowned and said 'hmm, that's a bit of a problem then?'. Already playing my part I nodded sadly. :D She said 'I've got my car over there (pointing), if you lean on me I can give you a lift home' ...

Trust me, I was leaning on her before I'd even stood up! :D Naturally I asked her in to say thank you (like any polite person would do!) I now have her jogging diary engrained on my mind! Tomorrow I shall be going running at about 1815pm, obviously this is because I need time to sort the broken foot out (not! - I have a spare!)

Ah, the joys of running. Suddenly this gloomy, cloudy day seems much brighter! :D

Dirty old dog that I am. ;)
 

oldbaldy

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#19
I've heard some tales about pulling but this is a new one on me. :D
 

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