This whole ‘7 iron mans in 7 days’ mullarkey all started, for me at least, back in July 2013. I set up a twitter feed and told everyone what I had decided to do. It all seems like such a very long time ago.
Now, half a year on and I am wondering where the time has gone but I’m also amazed at how things are now really beginning to take off. Last week was exceptional and it was as if someone had lit the touch paper.
Firstly, I was asked if I would be interested in giving an interview on the BBC Newcastle Radio breakfast show, which I did and, for my first one I was rather chuffed I have to say. I spoke about how the challenge would pan out in terms of geography and I also spoke about how it was my past back injuries that had made me determined to do something like this. Charlie Charlton who presents the show with Alfie Joey voiced her concerns “I’m worried for you” she said referring to my comments that my consultant, in 2009 told me that I should never try running or similar impact sport again. What I didn’t get a chance to say in my defence was that I have been taking part in sport, including a massive amount of running since that meeting and, whilst listening to the body and taking time to strengthen my core I am stronger now than I have ever been and I include pre back injury. So Charlie, thanks for worrying but really, there’s no need.
Also this week the #7days7irons promo video went live on this website, facebook, twitter and youtube. The response so far has been phenomenal and I hope the interest keeps building on the back of it.
Indeed, as a direct result of the video I now have another sponsor on board and I am currently talking to them to see how we can help each other over the next year or so. I will announce the partnership soon.
And then, to end the week on a high I had a professional photography shoot on Sunday courtesy of Double-i-Photography.co.uk who specialise in sports and Triathlon photography. The images are brilliant and I will be feeding them into the site over the next couple of weeks or so. What’s also exciting about the shots is that we’re hoping to get some media coverage in a couple of relevant magazines over the next couple of months in connection with Elivar.
Finally, I have started to see a handful of donations coming in. This is really great news as I haven’t really started to push the charity side of things yet. However, with the London Marathon looming large on the horizon it is imperative that I start to promote the charities now too. If you enjoy following my progress and would like to you can tap on one of the Virgin Money Giving logos on this site or Text SEVN70 and then £2 to 70070 to donate a couple of quid. Feel free to replace the £2 with £3, £5 or £10 to donate different amounts.
If all that weren’t enough I had a great little tweet chat with Davina McCall before she set off on her Sport Relief Journey. I wish her well and will hold her to the fact that she said she would give me some pointers. I imagine ‘don’t swim in Lake Windermere at 4 degrees’ may be top of the list!
Thanks for reading and following my progress. It really does mean a lot to know that there are people out there who are genuinely interested. As always, I invite you to get in touch if you feel that you would like to help in any way whatsoever.
Stay Positive and keep moving!