It’s been awhile since I last wrote a blog for the site, It’s been a very busy first half of the year fitting in fundraising, races work and planning for America! But finger crossed im back on track now and hopefully there will be a new post every Monday morning to read on your way to work! I thought that id start catching you up with the Running Award which happened back at the end of April this year. I was honored to be asked to join Spinal Research on the night of the awards along with 2 other fundraisers who were running at the London Marathon the following weekend.
The evening was held at the prestigious Indigo at the O2 in London. It was a full on awards show with a red carpet, canapes, fancy food and guest speakers, one of the fanciest things I have been to and one of the very few times you will ever see me in a suit! It was all kicked off with “networking” before the meal, which for me meant free Corona, fancy canapes, and trying to get as many contacts for the run as possible. One of the best parts was probably turning around and bumping into the guest speaker for the night, Dame Kelly Holmes, something that I was not expecting to happen. The canapes consisted of some “immersive dining experiences” such as digging in some leaves looking for cheese truffles, something that I doubt i’ll ever be asked to do again 😀
The guest list for the night included some of the biggest names in running from Nike and Adidas, Hokka, the London Marathon team and many different charities, small and large. If Spinal Research won in their category it would be a huge boost to getting their name out across the running community. After another fancy meal it was time for the reason everyone was there, the awards. By this point all of the Spinal Research team were giddy with excitement and anticipation. The Corona and wine may have helped there, although we would have to wait as our category, favourite small charity, was the last award of the night. Sharing our table were the team from the Sierra Leone Marathon who won the gold place in their category, Best International Event.
Then it was the turn of the charities, this year they have split the category into 2, favorite large charity and favourite small charity, which is definitely a good move as it give the smaller charities more exposure and a push to try and win! The best large charity was up first with it being down to the top 12 from the shortlist. The winners came out as I expected, being Cancer Research, with Alzheimer’s Research and Alzheimer’s Society taking the following 2 awards. Then it was all down to this point… months of social media presence and outreach to friends and other fundraisers to help with voting… and in Bronze place… Spinal Research! We won! Ok not first place, but out of the 30+ small charities who were nominated I think that they did amazing to take 3rd place! As mentioned before, it is huge exposure for the charity to win an award in front of the the biggest in the names in the running industry!
All in all it was an amazing night, and I was honored to have been invited to share the experience with the team. They are an amazing group of people who really love what they do and this was shown tonight. Thank you!
So let’s march through this year, raising more money, funding more research and hopefully finding a cure for paralysis, and here is hoping for that Gold place next year!