Time for “Friends and Friend’s Friends Picnic” 2009

drumming at picnic 2004 in Regents Park

Seven years ago, I had this idea of getting a few friends together for a picnic in Regents Park. And I suggested that they also invited their own friends.

And so the “Friends and Friend’s Friends Picnic” was born.

I have held such a picnic every year now for the last 7 years and this summer it will be the 8th picnic. Some years we have had glorious sunshine and other years torrential rain and even gale force winds. Yet a hard core of die-hard friends have attended every year.

So I am proud and delighted to announce this year’s picnic on Sunday 12th July in Regents Park.

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It’s May Day and Time to Make your Dreams Come True!

spring blossom!

It is the 1st of May, and another beautifully sunny, spring day in London 🙂

It seems only yesterday that I wrote on May Day two years about how we should look at taking on new habits.

Today on a similar theme, I am pondering on how one can change their dreams into goals.

Firstly, thank you for all the many good wishes for the London marathon last Sunday. It was an amazing experience and one of the best days of my life. Thanks also for the many people who have already sponsored me.

I walked the entire course of over 26.2 miles except for the last 20 yards, when I thought the TV and on-line cameras might be on me. But alas the cameras had long since gone and I could have walked the whole way!

It took me 7 hours and 25 minutes of non stop power walking to get me there under my projected time of 8 hours.

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My 10 Life-Changing Lessons from Running the London Marathon

London Marathon

This Sunday, on 26th April, I shall achieve one of my lifetime goals and finally take part in the London marathon!

Over the years I have applied through the ballot and got a space and then had to pull due to injury. One year, I got injured the day before playing mixed 5-a-side football. One bad “tackle” from a female opponent led to a sprained arm and that was the end of that year’s marathon.

Two years ago, I had a place again in the London Marathon but an injury meant I had to pull out and defer my place.

So finally, come Sunday I will be one of the 36,000 participants at the start line and my goal is simply to finish. A running injury in February curtailed my training and rather than pull out, I am going to walk the whole route. It may take me over 8 hours but I shall be there at the finish line!

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