Monthly Archives: February 2015

Fundraising, The Cake Way

For my first fundraising event I thought it best to start off small with a cake sale for my my office and the other companies in the building. So after two evenings of baking I rocked up at work armed with banana cake, chocolate brownies, chocolate marshmallow rice crispie cakes and my signature carrot cake, only slightly squashed from the tupperware and tube journey.


Based on the number of cakes I had I’d hoped to raise around £50, so was pleased to find when I counted up the donations that it totalled £73.28. I used the “honesty box” method and left the cakes in the foyer over lunchtime with a sign and a Parkinson’s UK donation box, under the watchful eye of the building’s concierge.


Hopefully I’ll be able to do this again over the next few months as there’s no shortage of cake fans around!

January Training Update

Get ready for some excuses…

I figured the first month of 2015 would be a good time to start logging the training I’m doing for Kilimanjaro and for the half marathon in March. With only a couple of months to get to a state where I can run 21km, it’s time to get running! I started off well with a 10K run round Dorney Lake, but it kind of went downhill from there with a mysterious dodgy knee following the 10K, a busy couple of weeks at work that seemed to reduce my enthusiasm and energy for working out, and then I got hit by a bout of flu and suddenly it’s February! I’m fully aware that these are all just excuses and I should just “man up” etc etc so I’m sharing the stats anyway to shame myself into doing better next month:

Kilometres run: 19km
Kilometres walked*: 6km
No. of other workouts: 3

So I think it’s time to write off January and start anew with February. I’ve planned out all the runs I need to do this month and started today with 5km that only left me slightly wheezy, though I’m hoping that’s just the remnants of the flu and not a reflection on my fitness.

With eight months to go until I’m halfway up the mountain, I feel I still have plenty of time for Kilimanjaro training, it’s the thought of a half marathon in exactly 6 weeks that is giving me slight palpitations at the moment.

* Kilometres walked only includes times I’ve gone out “for a walk”, which in this case was once. I have, in fact, walked more than 6km this month if you include general everyday walking…