i ran the world tagged posts

Prelude

The British Airways Jumbo thumped the runway at Heathrow. I looked up, half asleep and gazed out of the window. Rivulets of rain were pushing across the glass in an uncharted fashion as they tried to make their way to the bottom. It reminded me a lot of my journey over the past year.
It was cold, grey and overcast – a fairly typical warm welcome to London. The plane braked hard and then veered off the runway to find its nominated stand space among its brothers and sisters.
I was exhausted . . . knackered . . . fucked.
This was my second New York roundtrip of the week and everything I had worked so hard for rested on the next few hours.
I had gone over the pitch a thousand times during the very short night but still felt really nervous.
This has to work.
I had no luggage – just a small bri...

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19.8m people in 274 towns and cities in 89 countries…

A Clown in the Gateshead Race Against Time

. . . including the great town of Gateshead. If I remember correctly, the great Steve Cram and Brendan Foster helped a huge turnout in the North East of England – supporting the starving in Africa in Sport Aid and Run the World.

Gateshead Race Against Time
Even clowns can wear ‘I Ran the world’ T-shirts
Who are you? You must be about 42 years old now!
Walk or run it didn’t matter – Sport aid delivered a petition of 39 million blistered feet to the doorstep of the United Nations in New York
Sport aid sold over 600,000 ‘I Ran the World’ T-shirts in the UK alone – one of many entries in the Guinness Book of Records
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