Another year, another BUPA London 10000, another blazing hot day, another medal in the bag. 73.32 isn’t my finest time, but with my bus pulling into London at 9.30am, and a 10am race start, I am pretty content. Here’s good old me in front of some palace or something with my medal. Apparently someone important hangs out there every now and again.
While in London I took the chance to do some cool stuff, including meeting up with the PeruCrew, or at least five of them (and Dave) for a catch up. It’s now been seven years since Peru, and we’re still in touch, it was awesome to see the guys that could make it. To those who couldn’t shame on you Look at the awesome sun in the park that you missed out on! Next year …. right??
Later in the evening I took in some of the London Symphony Orchestra free performance in Trafalgar Square before doing some West End autograph hunting to get items for auction. Though I was gutted to miss John Simm, I did pick up some ace items and met some awesome folk including the brilliantly funny Zoe Wanamaker. I’ll have to apologise to her, as I can’t get the two dots above the “e” here, and as she told us that would make her name “Zo”. She literally had us in stitches. Keeping the Harry Potter theme going, I also got to meet Dudley Dursley himself, actor Harry Melling. There’s an awesome photo of Dudley stuck behind the glass in the zoo from The Philosopher’s Stone coming up for auction shortly. Switching from Potterland to Dr Who (using Zoe as the link) and the like, I made up for missing The Master by snapping pics with and getting items signed by Indira Varma (Torchwood), Clive Rowe (DW) and Samantha Bond (Sarah Jane Adventures).
The previous day at the Scottish Cup Final I snagged another Dr Who star, of Hollywood proportions, in Dougray Scott who signed items for the auctions and did this awesome pic with me. Cup Final day is always diverse in terms of who attends, and I also managed to get Susan “Subo” Boyle on board with the Xmas Card auction as you can see in this quality promo snap.
There’s a final snap of me with the awesome Clive Rowe who portrayed Morvin van Hoff in Voyage of the Damned. I met him years ago in London and he was just as awesome this time as he was then.
My final thanks to the Children with Cancer Running Team for their warm welcome, both at the start and the finish, and a massive well done to Emily for making it round her first 10k! See you in September guys!