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July 2016

Armagh - 30 July - 15 of 22

Well, what a week that was.

An exciting week in BT work, supporting the launch of BT Sport On EE:

Mid-week, I resumed running, thanks to benefits of an ongoing physio programme

Then, on Thursday, NI's Regulation & Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) Belfast Marathon runners and Office team handed over £621 to LLNI.

TimPageFitForLife-RQIA

#TimPageFitForLife exceeded double the £5000 target for LLNI donations, with £10028 raised to date for vital research, in the same week that LLNI's Joanne Badger handed me the recent NI Institute of Fundraising nomination. 

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I completed the Armagh run yesterday, with great support from BT colleagues and friends.

Armagh is a particularly beautiful course - a mix of hilly parkland and woodland.

There was a sense of close local community amongst the runners - I guess the 'further out' parkruns, not close to many other runs, tend to have a more constant attendance.

Thanks to Run Director Mark Lundy for the warm welcome.

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It was great to have work colleagues Liz Leckey and Brenda Hilley along on their first parkrun.
I really appreciated BT colleague & runner Gavin McBride's pace-setting.  We alternated between 3 minutes running and 30 seconds walk.  Perhaps it was due to Gavin's guidance that I headed home with no muscle pain and hopeful for a straight run ahead through the remaining 7 venues.

Armagh photo album is here, thanks to Sarah Irwin for the amazing cake!

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Next week, we're at Cookstown

Through August & September, as well as running and fund-raising, we'll be

  1. Working with DKMS to drive up the number of prospective stem cell donors, and,
  2. Producing video interviews about the role of fitness, medical care and research in preventing and treating blood cancers

As the final two months of our #TimPageFitForLife project start tomorrow... ideas, offers of support & publicity, donations and questions for the video interviews are all very welcome.

Best wishes,
Tim

Project Objectives

Raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma: £10,028

Raised for Delete Blood Cancer: £500

People registered with Delete Blood Cancer: 62

People who have signed up with parkrun: 23

Tim's Running Progress

#

Date

Course

Age Grade

1

19 Mar

Belfast Victoria

41.2%

2

26 Mar

Belfast Waterworks

40.4%

3

16 Apr

Bangor Ward Park

35.53%

4

23 Apr

Portrush

37.12%

5

7 May

Queens

39.26%

6

14 May

Enniskillen

38.13%

7

21 May

Comber

39.50%

8

28 May

Limavady

41.97%

9

4 June

Valley

38.37%

10

11 June

Wallace

39.83%

11

18 June

Ormeau

42.55%

12

25 June

Antrim

39.80%

13

2 July

Carrickfergus

35.21%

14

9 July

Citypark Craigavon

34.48%

15

30 July

Armagh

37.12%


Schedule update at 24-July

Here's an update on my running schedule, following two rest Saturdays due to calf injury.

This week's run is at Armagh.  Then, Derry is moved to Aug 27, Ecos to Sep 3 & Larne to Sep 10.

I'm looking forward to the remaining runs - thanks to everyone for interest and support.

Tim

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#TimPageFitForLife update - Schedule and DKMS

On Northern Ireland's unique 'Twelfth' Public Holiday... Hello!

With fourteen of twenty-two parkruns now done, a quick update:

The Ecos parkrun is postponed to 3-September to enable a rest weekend - the updated table is below.

Donations for LLNI are up to £9188, with the donation from RQIA's Belfast Marathon running team to be added soon.

We will run several more stem cell donation sessions to reach target of 100 prospective donors.  The organisation formerly know as Delete Blood Cancer UK is now named DKMS, so future blog updates will refer to DKMS.  Several supporters have given donations to DKMS, current donations £500.

Thank you for interest and support.

Tim

#TimPageFitForLife links... Facebook page,  Twitter, Donation site 

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Citypark - 9 July - 14 of 22

The Citypark course - one lap around the Craigavon lakes - is very scenic.  Today's weather was less pleasant - the heaviest rain of the 14 parkruns to date - but that brings its own refreshing quality.

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Thanks to friends and colleagues who came along today - Patricia McAuley, Heather Chestnutt and BT colleagues Nick Orr & Sabina O'Hagan.  

My running mentor Mark Crothers said in January, when I decided to run 22 parkruns for LLNI, that this would be a significant challenge, given the sustained conditioning training as well as the parkruns.  By #14 of the 22 Saturdays, I realise that he was right.  Last week at Carrickfergus and this week at Citypark Craigavon have been tricky due to calf muscle and now upper back twinges. 

My objective, as last week, was to get around the course with zero damage.  Sarah Irwin, daughter of old friends Ivan & Joan Thompson, came along today and, as she said,

"Any run is better than no run."

In my Antrim run report two weeks ago, I mentioned a health query.  For some cancer survivors, the occasional medical scare is unsettling but familiar territory, and I've had a few over the years.  So, it was a relief this week when the hospital rang to say recent neck lymph node biopsy was clear.  Phew.

Early today on BBC Radio, there was an item about the 1984 Olympics Women's Marathon - the first time this event was held.  One runner was Gabriela Andersen-Schiess, her final six miles a major challenge, as this video shows.  

Today's run was difficult due to the leg issues so I was trailing.  Today's parkrun volunteer 'tail runners', bringing up the rear with me, were Joe McAnearney & Niall Rankin.  Niall and I spoke about the role of determination in pushing through life's challenges.

This afternoon, getting home after an uncomfortable but beneficial sports massage, I googled more on Gabriela Andersen-Schiess.  She finished the race in 44th place despite being in great physiological distress.  In an interview years later she said

"I got to the finish line.

Looking back, with time, I can see that people kinda identify with you, because they see the struggle, and they see that, if you really set your mind to it, you can overcome a lot of obstacles.

And it teaches you a lesson too that, besides overcoming obstacles, you have to get over some bad experiences, and not dwell on it and just look forward and learn something - hopefully learn something from it."

Every Saturday I see many people get to the parkrun finish line.  Further, I didn't realise when starting this project, that I'd meet a range of people from different backgrounds with stories of challenge, struggle, celebration and resilience.  Thanks again to parkrun and hundreds of volunteers each Saturday who enable this experience of promoting well-being, community spirit and mutual support.

This week's album is here.

Looking forward next week's run #15 (!) at Derry.

Project Objectives

Raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma: £9168

Raised for Delete Blood Cancer: £500

People registered with Delete Blood Cancer: 62

People who have signed up with parkrun: 19

Tim's Running Progress

#

Date

Course

Age Grade

1

19 Mar

Belfast Victoria

41.2%

2

26 Mar

Belfast Waterworks

40.4%

3

16 Apr

Bangor Ward Park

35.53%

4

23 Apr

Portrush

37.12%

5

7 May

Queens

39.26%

6

14 May

Enniskillen

38.13%

7

21 May

Comber

39.50%

8

28 May

Limavady

41.97%

9

4 June

Valley

38.37%

10

11 June

Wallace

39.83%

11

18 June

Ormeau

42.55%

12

25 June

Antrim

39.80%

13

2 July

Carrickfergus

35.21%

14

9 July

Citypark Craigavon

34.48%


Carrickfergus - 2 July - 13 of 22

Carrickfergus is a great setting for a parkrun - three laps around a pond - and a friendly set of Volunteers and runners that is proving to be typical of the parkrun community.

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Since last week's run, I've had a twinge in my right calf and was unsure if I was going to be able to complete today.  A happy coincidence happened as I arrived at BT's Riverside Tower yesterday and met Kevin Stafford at the door.  We'd spoken at Wallace parkrun though we didn't realise we work in the same building, Kevin working for BR Flex.  I was looking for someone to run with me and Kevin's home parkrun Antrim wasn't running today.  Kevin kindly offered to run with me - and came well prepared with backpack, drinks and Kit Kat!

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The objective today was basic - get around the course with zero damage.  So, with slow pace and multiple breaks, it was my Personal Worst today at 44:51, and that's fine.   Another of Northern Ireland's parkruns done with 13 now down, and 9 to go :-)

Thanks to Kevin for encouragement and, literally, keeping me on the right track.  

Today's photos are on Facebook or this blog's album.

So, next steps are physio & sports massage sessions definitely needed this week, then look forward to Citypark, Craigavon, next week.

Project Objectives

Raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma: £9134

Raised for Delete Blood Cancer: £500

People registered with Delete Blood Cancer: 62

People who have signed up with parkrun: 19

Tim's Running Progress

#

Date

Course

Time

Position

Age Grade

1

19 Mar

Belfast Victoria

36:22

177/209

41.2%

2

26 Mar

Belfast Waterworks

37:05

222/237

40.4%

3

16 Apr

Bangor Ward Park

42:10

386/390

35.53%

4

23 Apr

Portrush

40:22

140/155

37.12%

5

7 May

Queens

38:10

162/167

39.26%

6

14 May

Enniskillen

39:18

136/145

38.13%

7

21 May

Comber

37:56

94/103

39.50%

8

28 May

Limavady

35:42

32/37

41.97%

9

4 June

Valley

39:03

181/265

38.37%

10

11 June

Wallace

37:37

183/191

39.83%

11

18 June

Ormeau

35:13

328/352

42.55%

12

25 June

Antrim

37:39

198/216

39.80%

13

2 July

Carrickfergus

44:51

127/131

35.21%


Gareth's Three Peaks Challenge for Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI

This weekend, BT Belfast's Gareth McKittrick undertakes his personal challenge to climb the tallest mountain in each of Scotland, England and Wales - all within 24 hours!

The three nations' mountains are:

England - Scafell Pike, 978m
Scotland - Ben Nevis, 1345m
Wales - Snowdon, 1085m

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Gareth, who climbed Kilimanjaro last year, explains that he's taking on this weekend's challenge 'just for the craic'.

Gareth McKittrick

Gareth is kindly encouraging people to support local research charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI via the #TimPageFitForLife project - donation link to LLNI here.

There are about 140 types of blood cancer, with 34000 new cases each year in the UK. More information about the crucial research that LLNI do is here.

More information about this weekend's National Three Peaks challenge is here.

Thanks to Gareth for support, and best wishes for this weekend's climbs!