I ran a Half Marathon yesterday. So here’s a quick post to say thank you.
According to the provisional timings I made it to the finish line in 2 hours, 19 minutes and 10 seconds – pretty nice for a first half marathon, I reckon. And so much the better to learn that you’ve now helped me raise more than £300 for Mind – with payday still to come!
Most of all, this is for you lot. Thank you all, so much, for all your support – whether you’ve made a donation, suggested a song to help me along, or wished me luck on the way to this day. I’ve never done so much as a fun run before now. I honestly could not have done this without you. Thank you.
While I’m still collecting up photos and things, if you’ve yet to do so, and you’d like to make a donation to my fundraising efforts for Mind, the link is here
Finally, I’d like to say a massive thank you to all the wonderful folks at Mind and Tyneside Mind for all their support and encouragement, as well as the organisers at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Thank you, guys – you’re ruddy splendid!
One day to go before The Big Day, and I have to say this, first of all:
You lot bloody well did it, didn’t you?
More than £200 raised for the mental health charity Mind, plus another £46.25 in Gift Aid. And that’s with payday donations still to be added. Thank you everyone, so, so much for supporting me and Mind. This donation is going to make such a difference to people’s lives, truly.
Hi everyone! Here are a few odds and sods that have been gathering over the last couple of weeks…
It’s just under a week now to the Edinburgh Half Marathon, which you all know I’m running for the mental health charity Mind, right? I’m currently going through all your song suggestions for my Half Marathon playlist – there’s more than 70 RUDDY SONGS here – aren’t you lot splendid? I should be posting about the final shortlist in the next couple of days.
Meanwhile, there’s still time to donate to the main fundraising over on my Just Giving page. After Mental Health Awareness Week last week, the target is so close! If you can spare a donation, please head to http://www.justgiving.com/ruthruns-edinburgh/
You may have seen the Writing Process Blog Tour that’s been doing the rounds recently. I’ve been tagged by Neil Williamson, who in turn was tagged by Liz Williams, and Claire Weaver before her. However, I also recommend checking out Nick Harkaway‘s one on this, and Libby McGuigan‘s, and Jacey Bedford‘s – or, indeed, any of the other Writing Process blogs that have been cropping up, as they’re really quite interesting.
While my answers are mostly about fiction writing, the last part also has a little something about my process when it comes to music and non-fiction work. While it fits here, there seemed to be little point in doing this for the other questions – “because I was commissioned to do it” seems somewhat churlish an answer. I’ve also tagged three folks who I’m hoping will provide three very different insights into their own media… But first things first.
Back to normal for this week’s Photo Friday. Or at least, as close to normal as it gets. Last Saturday was The Roots Of… show at The Cluny 2, a benefit gig for the Tyneside branch of Mind (who I’m also raising money for at the Edinburgh Half Marathon this year…). A bunch of cracking local bands came together for some unique takes on the songs that have influenced them.
I’m running my first half-marathon next bank holiday in Edinburgh. No, I’m not sure how that happened either. It’s certainly not been easy. I’m not the fittest individual, and as someone who was constantly teased for her weight at school, it’s been weirdly rewarding watching the distances slowly increase – from running one minute at a time to a full ten mile run last week. Now, after almost six months of training, I finally feel like I might be able to do this. But I don’t want to be the only one getting something out of it…
As a result, I’ve decided to do this one for Mind, the mental health charity. And while I’ll be raising donations via my page at JustGiving, I’ve also come up with a second way that you can help me support Mind, without spending a bean…
Only, here’s the thing – I’m not sure that I don’t do anything yet, as such. More that there are things I have written about, and things I haven’t. So I hope Bee doesn’t mind that I’ve slightly altered the titles of these for my own blog on this.
There’s one final part to the fortnight of madness I haven’t mentioned yet. In between Eastercon and the final rehearsals for the DCYC Messiah concert, I popped up to the Toon to catch up with GJB Performance Photography – aka ace photographer Graeme Baty – for a wee bit of this:
However, I think I’ve done enough talking for this week. So today’s Photo Friday is a Guest Blog of sorts, with Graeme giving us a little insight into how he managed to get shots like these. Take it away, pet!
In the second blog from the fortnight of madness, let’s skip to the end, and a rather grand change of scenery.
That’s where more than a hundred of us were last Friday – in Durham Cathedral, nailing down the final tricky bits of Handel’s Messiah for Durham County Youth Choir‘s 50th anniversary concert. About 24 hours later, we’d be doing the same thing in evening dress in front of pews full to bursting. For all memories and feelings the reunion had brought up, after months of nostalgia, almost play-acting at being in a choir again, the reality of it would begin to sink in.
With a fortnight of madness finally at an end, I figured it might be time to catch you up on what I’ve been doing.
So. Some of you might have seen this:
As you may have gathered from that, Eastercon 2014: Satellite 4 was a weekend of the unexpected. More than a week later, I’m still trying to gather my thoughts together from one of the most surreal, scary, exciting, and ultimately rewarding conventions I’ve been to since I started attending them back in 2011.
Where to begin? How about four thoughts from the weekend?