On the 8th May, I will be running the Leeds Half Marathon in a fancy dress and before you offer any suggestions, I will be running in a rubber duck outfit made by me! This alone deserves a £1 of sponsorship, right?
Why a rubber duck? many of you have asked. Not long ago while trekking across Grassington we came across the local rubber duck race and decided to give it a try. Ours came last and we received an award: his knitted twin! (now sitting proudly amongst our medals on our very own ‘wall of pride’.)
I guess it's all a question of perspective; coming last in a race is after all 1st from the end -
This is why Athina and I decided I should run across Leeds as a rubber duck.
Colleagues, friends and even strangers seem very excited at the prospect of my new outfit (should I be worried?) Their messages have provided me with hours of laughter. Here's a little sample:
"I think you are crackers (or should I say quackers?) but max respect all the same!"
"Tackling Stonegate Road dressed as a rubber duck...that's hardcore! I'll give you a cheer as you run by! "
As my grandma always said: "My darling, you can't buy class. You either have it or you don't". Clearly I do-
With 4 days left to go, the sewing machine is out this evening, in a race against the clock. Time to find out if my future lies within the costume making industry ;) Something tells me it'll be a beaut. In fact I sense it'll be so divine I might start cycling to work dressed in it (yes, I like to get my moneys worth).
The only thing not looking so great about all this is the weather forecast. Sunday 8th May, the hottest day of the week with 23 degrees. Not ideal for anyone running half a marathon dressed in a fluffy costume-
So if you are around this weekend and spot a rubber duck running across Leeds, please don’t be shy, give me a big cheer and a clap! Athina and I hope we spread some joy and would be extremely grateful for any donations www.justgiving.com/addiandathina
towards our charity that supports children with cancer through the Jane Tomlinson appeal.
See you on Sunday!