Did I miss anything?

And I’m back

As promised, I’ve now given my £40 to St Basils – happy to have you do the same if you wish. Although I do appreciate that giving up twitter is hardly some kind of great sacrifice so will understand if you’re not inclined to hand over a few pennies. It was generally harder than I realised though.

Oh and it is good to be back. I’ve been on so many ‘awesome runs’ and have been gagging to tell you all about them…

Birmingham half-marathon 2009

Presumably the city council will update their own site soon but it’s worth noting that this year’s Birmingham half-marathon on October 11th is also the world half-marathon championships. That means us casual Brummie runners will be racing with the world’s elite.

The IAAF page on the event is quite illuminating. From it you can glean that the elite women will start separately from the men at 9am with the men (and probably the rest of the field) starting at 9.30am. No word on whether the route will change but you do learn that top prize is $30,000 (puts my £30 to shame) and that “the payment of prize money is dependent upon the athletes clearing the usual anti-doping procedures.” I best leave my steroid-based asthma inhalers at home then.

The IAAF do a nice little descriptor of Brum: “This city has been the industrial heartland of the country; it is still important industrially but this has also made way for an increasingly high position in the service sector.” Yep – about sums it up. Of course I’m still hoping my prediction for Paula Radcliffe to run it as a warm-up for the New York marathon comes true but most of all I hope it’s as good a race this year as it was last time around.

(nice pic from Flickr by hartlandmartin. Note Bournville Harriers’ star female athlete Linda keeping those guys on their toes)

Links for April 7th

Some links for you:

  • 50 Trend-setting Design Studios and Agencies | Inspiration – Birmingham-based Tak! get a mention in what is an international list of 'Trend-setting Design Studios and Agencies"
  • David Byrne Journal: 04.03.09: Liverpool — Tips from a Fan – Oh look – now he's talking about Liverpool. Did he not leave the tour bus in Birmingham? Maybe, like this post describes, I should have written him a fan letter pointing out the stuff in Brum worth taking a peek at.
  • David Byrne Journal: 04.01.09: Newcastle upon Tyne/Gateshead – I was so hoping David Byrne would write something about Birmingham in his tour journal. He didn't. Instead he's done an epic post about the wonders of Newcastle/Gateshead: "After our show at the Sage, a symphony hall encased in glass caterpillar skin, a local friend of Mark’s mentions that there is a bike path that leads to the sea, and there’s even a bike tunnel under the river somewhere downstream. The next morning is gorgeous and sunny, and Natalie, Jenni and I head out, cross the Millenium ped bridge and head west towards the North Sea [….] I should be working for the local tourist board"
  • Digital Birmingham – Blog – Birmingham Open City – Announcement of the bid we won at Digital Birmingham as part of the Timely Information for Citizens pilot funding.

Links for April 2nd through April 3rd

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Links for March 31st

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Dave Harte – winner!


I won a prize for running. My first ever prize for running. In fact my first ever prize for anything athletic ever. Or for anything at all now I think about it. It turns out I won the top prize for my age category (40-45) at the Ironbridge Half Marathon the other week. I went straight home after the race, not even thinking to stop to see if I’d won anything. So the above cheque and explanatory scrap of paper that arrived in the post today were most welcome.

I was actually third in my age category but the other two were in the top five in the race overall so got separate prizes for that leaving me to scoop £30 as the next fastest vet 40 male. The prize list is here (PDF).

This is so exciting I came close to breaking my twitter fast. I plan to spend my winning on more lucky running pants.