I am taking part in the Bananaman 10K on Sunday July 8th in Regent'sPark, London raising funds for the Parkinson's Disease Society

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Friday, 28 March 2008

New blog alert!

Yet another blog to clog up the net but I will try and make it informative. It will cover family life, music, Stoke City FC, politics…anything really that tickles my fancy! Also I will use it as another way to plug GRTR! and the fine bands/music out there :)
Please feel free to comment as otherwise it is like talking to yourself which is never a healthy thing…
Best wishes,

Monday, 9 July 2007

Dear all,
The sun was shining as we set off on a 10K run of two laps around the wonderful Regent's Park, running past flower beds, Andrew Flintoff approved pedalos, kamikaze ducks and squirrels and boy was it hot out there! Mind you I highly recommend taking up running/jogging as I 've lost 6lbs in training and have definitely got the running craze back in my system.

The winner came in at just over 33 minutes (I reckon he cheated and took a short cut!) and I finished in 1hr 11mins 55 secs which I am very pleased with as this was my first race since 2002 and moving house last weekend was maybe not the best preparation :) I also beat four of the ten runners dressed as bananas out on the course.

832 1:11:55 RITCHIE, Jason Senior Men (less of the Senior if you don't mind!)

982 finishers (1,005 started) with the last time being one of the ten bananas on the course - these runners are all cancer survivors - in 1hr 41mins.

Race results

Fundraising - So far the total raised is £705 which has already beaten my target of £500. For those who have pledged on the sponsor forms I will be collecting your monies in the next month or you can send me cheques - please e-mail me if you wish to do the latter.

If you have not and still wish to sponsor me please do either here or via PayPal on papa_bear70@hotmail.com or by cash/cheque/Postal Order

Running blog

Thank you ALL for such wonderful support and donations. The money raised for the Parkinson's Disease Society will be split 50/50 - half to the local support groups based in Staines and Stoke-on-Trent and the other half towards funding the Parkinson's nurses nationwide.

Now what to run next? I am open to suggestions but please no marathons ;)

Best wishes ,
Jason Ritchie

About the charity I am raising funds for -

The Parkinson’s Disease Society (PDS) provide vital work in not only research into the disease but fund Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialists (there are currently 200 in the UK) and help run over 300 support groups and local branches throughout the UK. Many people know someone who has Parkinson’s and although there is no cure as yet with the help of medicine and local support groups the lifestyle of people with Parkinson’s has been greatly improved although more funds are still needed to keep up the results achieved so far.

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Fundraising forum open to all (also features bands who have helped raise money for charities)

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Radio Wey interview

On Monday 7th May myself and my daughter were interviewed about my fundraising and the race on local hospital radio station Radio Wey. We appeared on the Anything Goes with Clive Stevens and I have to say it was good fun, although nerve wracking!
My daughter enjoyed it as well being on the radio and the only slight disappointment for her was the size of the radio station, bless her she was exopecting something bigger. Hospital radio is entirely self funded and they provide a very good service so pop along to their website.

Friday, 4 May 2007

As a thank you to everyone who sponsors me they will be entered into a draw and could win -

- £20 WHS gift card
- Outback Steakhouse meal vouchers
- Cineworld Cinema gift vouchers
- Signed mini-cricket bat by the 2006 squad of the Surrey County Cricket Club
- For the rock fans amongst you signed CD's/t-shirts from Glyder, American Dog & Credo

Thanks to Surrey County Cricket Club, Outback Steakhouse, Cineworld Cinemas for their prize donations.

BIG thanks to the following

One of my readers from the Classic Rock Newswire group I run has kindly put aside one of the 'Dress down Fridays' they have at their workplace for the Parkinson's Disease Society. It is on Friday 13th July and they rasied £175 which HBOS matched so a whopping £350 for the PDS. BIG thanks then to Julie Bootland and her work colleagues at ComputerCall staff at HBOS Plc Pudsey. Link HBOS

Friday, 27 April 2007

EBay auctions

I am also raising funds via EBay for the PDS (charity auctions are marked by a ribbon) and you can view the latest ones here -

Charity EBay auctions

Total raised is £139

Thursday, 19 April 2007

Parkinson's Awareness week

It is this week!
As well as a fundraising blog I thought I would post articles about Parkinson's and in particular ones with a positive outlook. Here is an interesting interview with a local group organizer.

Sunday, 15 April 2007

Thanks to the following bands/artists/authors who have donated raffle items and/or plugged my fundraising...

Glyder a superb Irish rock band following in the tradition of Thin Lizzy,
Michael Hannon & American Dog a band who rock like the legendary Motorhead,
Staffs based melodic rock band Tara's Secret,
Get Ready To Rock! the leading website for all things rock and metal,
please add this MySpace site,
Radio Wey a local hospial radio satation based at St Peter's hospital in Chertsey, Surrey,
singer/songwriter Chris Singleton who has written some pop rock gems on his debut album 'Twisted City',
former Ozzy Osbourne/Beggars and Thieves
Phil Soussan whose rather good solo album 'Vibrate' is out now
female acoustic/indie/folk band Waking the Witch
SIGN have very kindly donated some goodies, these include a signed t-shirt, signed CD and more! Sign have recently completed a UK tour with The Wildhearts
Nick Barrett & Pendragon who kindly donated two signed CD's and a t-shirt
Angel Air Records who re-issue and release for the first time many gems from bands such as Mott the Hoople, Gillan and their related offshoots