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Running noses
Regular readers may remember that a while ago I asked for a route round all Oxford's Colleges.

In the end, some of my colleagues came up with a fairly plausible route. It's 8.36 miles, and on the morning of Friday 13th March, I will be running this route (along with said colleagues) to raise money for Comic Relief.

You can see where this is going, can't you?[*] Yes, I'm badgering asking you if you'd consider sponsoring me, either via my personal fundraising page, the team's group fundraising page, or by some other means if you prefer.

[ETA: Or you could sponsor my colleague Barry, who doesn't have many sponsors yet & as a result is feeling a bit unloved. The money all goes to the same place! And he's literally twice my age and taught me all I know about running!]

I've never run as far as this before, and I'm almost certainly going to be hampered by wearing silly clothes (the exact level of silliness is yet to be decided; if you sponsor me, you get to see the embarrassing photos afterwards); I'm determined to get all the way round even if I have to walk bits of it, but I'll be even more motivated to do it if I know I'm raising loadsamoney for a good cause.

Thank you!

[*] In fact, by the magic of GPS-enabled mobile devices, you will even be able to see where we're going live on the web as we run. More about this nearer the time...
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lnr From: lnr Date: March 2nd, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a brilliant idea :)
j4 From: j4 Date: March 2nd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Blimey, you were quick with the sponsorship. Thank you! :-D
lnr From: lnr Date: March 2nd, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fear my ability to fill in my name and address and credit card details as quick as a flash!

I know I do. It's nearly as bad as Amazon one-click.
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j4 From: j4 Date: March 2nd, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I end up back at work in time for my annual review later in the day... :-} Unfortunately, the run doesn't count towards my goals for the year. But fortunately, my line-manager is running as well, so at least we will both be knackered and sweaty (ooer).

I am sure there will be pubbage later though :)
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j4 From: j4 Date: March 2nd, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would be awesome if you could cheer as we go past! Preferably waving big red cheerleader pompoms. :-)

I promise I will pimp the live-on-the-web stuff properly nearer the time when we've got the GPS stuff working properly.
1ngi From: 1ngi Date: March 2nd, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tis done. All the very best - fab idea :-D

Why not send your intentions via a mini-press release to the oxford newspapers - totally 'oxford' newsworthy and it would get you heaps more sponsorship?
j4 From: j4 Date: March 2nd, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

Someone is supposed to be writing the press release now, but I think I will have to nag him / write it myself... I have no experience whatsoever of writing press releases though! :-/ Roughly how many words would I be aiming for to get something into a local paper etc? Also isn't it a bit late as Red Nose Day is next Friday?? I don't know what the turnaround is normally like...
1ngi From: 1ngi Date: March 2nd, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
As long as you make the paper's deadline - you'll be fine. Half to one side of A4 should do it - the usual: Who what where when why and the shiny Oxford thang.

Most papers will let you submit by email now - put contact details on the end too - in case they want to interview. I suspect they'll be doing a red nose round up too - so they might turn up for photos and then print after the event.

Good luck with it.
keirf From: keirf Date: March 3rd, 2009 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I am very pleased to see you write "GPS-enabled mobile devices".
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