Kidney Cancer Awareness in the UK and Ski Marathons

I’ve got got admit in a bit of a spin at the moment because I still haven’t got any clarity about my current job which makes it very hard to plan out my immediate future.  I’m sure it’ll work itself all out in time so i’ll just have to ride it out and see what the outcome is.  In the scheme of things there are far worse problems to be dealing with, so it’s not a whinge.

On top of this I’ve only got about 5 weeks left before I’m due to do a double cross country ski marathon in Sweden called the Vassaloppet, it’s a 90km run up hill and down dale. Holidays are supposed to be relaxing chill out thing aren’t they?  what were we thinking? I was stone cold sober when I agreed to this so I’ve no-one to blame but myself…. so there’s no backing out. I did however have the common sense not to ask people to sponsor me for it this year because I dont rate my chances :) However if you do feel the urge to give me cash then I’d love some for the Arch to Arc cycle ride.

Vassaloppet Race in Sweden

To be frank I haven’t quite got over the injuries I sustained in Austria a few weeks ago when we did a 42km Marathon.

It was one heck of an experience and hasn’t put me off in any way although I’m not convinced I can get to the 90Km this year …. I’ll be happy if I do any over 50Km. If you are thinking of taking up a sport and want something that gives you a full body workout without the high impact of sports like running then this is the one for you.  Within a week we were all taken from virtually no experience on snow to a full blown marathon, and we were all different shapes and sizes.

Me in the Austrian Marathon

You maybe wondering why there are no other competitors around me in the picture above, sadly that’s because there weren’t any :)   I was very much on my own at the back, but we were so lucky with the weather and views.  I used to live in the French Alps, but I have to say the Dolomites are far more striking.

So my only chance to get fit with all these injuries is on my bike which I don’t think will be anywhere near enough.  I’m trying to do about 6hrs a week on it but I don’t find it’s doing enough, but at least it’s getting me ready for the Arch to Arc ride in June I guess.

So with all this going on I’m finding it hard to focus as much energy as I’d like on the Kidney Cancer stuff, but it’s got to be done.

As part of this I’ve re-branded the Kidney Cancer Bloggers site so it’s a little more tightly aligned to the James Whale Fund’s site …. Let me know if you agree.  As far as the Arch to Arc ride is concerned things are ticking along very well.  We have 14 riders signed up officially and quite a number that have confirmed they will do the same.  The great news is that we have raised over 50% of the target so far which I think for a first bash at this is a tremendous effort by one and all.  I wouldn’t have been able to get this off the ground if it hadn’t been for all the efforts of the team at the James Whale Fund, Nikki and Sarah have worked really hard on this, I feel so guilty…. Thanks!

What’s next on the awareness front for me? I’m not sure to be honest. There’s a big planning session towards the end of February and I suspect much will come out of that.  I’ve been offered some potential free development resource from an IT consultancy which could be useful, however I think we should hold off on executing on this until we have a clear direction of what we need.

I think in principal we have many of the pieces already in place, It’s just a case of consolidating it under one platform rather than the separate entities we have now.  I’m keen to reinvigorate the information provision side using a new CMS solution (Content Management System), having closed down Kidney Cancer Resource I think we’ve left a hole that needs to be filled, recapturing that readership is important.

Anyway, back to the web-site re-branding for me today.  Let me know if you can think of any ideas on the blog-site.

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2 Comments so far

  1. Marika February 1, 2010 6:11 pm

    Hi Andy! I love this website – very comprehensive and interesting. I would love to talk with you further about guest blogging for us or reviewing our website, and how we can help each other out – but I couldn’t find an email address. If you’d like to learn more, or if you’re interested in something mutually-beneficial, email me! Cheers! :)

  2. AndyThomas February 1, 2010 8:05 pm

    Hi Marika

    Thanks for you feedback! You’re right, there’s no e-mail address on the site. I must fix that. You can reach me at

    Speak soon


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