A Sheet of A4 and a Pen

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I visited the Percy Hedley head offices yesterday. I had a great time and Ed, Maria and Sheila made me feel so welcome so a special thank-you to them.


While I was sharing my story about why I created Father Fitness, it occurred to me it came from where most of my ideas come from – a sheet of A4 and a pen. I run a design agency by day so I’m constantly thinking of fresh, new ideas. Coming up with a charity challenge works in the same way. I circled Percy Hedley in the middle of the page and started to brainstorm some ideas. I can’t take full credit for all of the ideas though, my Wife Amy came up with some great ideas too. She’s an ideas girl and I don’t think she really knows how creative she is.


I’m not going to lie to you, it’s taken a lot of my personal time to finalise this challenge. From deciding what to actually do, to organising each route and making sure over the 12 days I roughly run the 60 miles. Now that the snow has started, I need to make sure that every run is as safe as it can be. I think it was Maria that asked me yesterday “What will you do if it’s 6ft of snow?” I replied “Just do it.” Those of you that know me well will know that it’ll take more than that to stop me completing this challenge. I strongly believe in walking the walk and not just talking the talk.


There was one other idea that came from the brainstorming session which I quite liked. It has meaning and takes me back to my roots. I’ll be shelving this for another time though. Hopefully if this challenge raises the kind of money and awareness I’m expecting, I’ll possibly look at doing something next year. I’m not promising anything though!


Thanks again for reading and also for the support.


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.


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