Good luck on Sunday to all those taking part in O2e’s Epping Forest Runs. Various distances and a wide age range taking part.
Many thanks to Dawn and Brett for organising another great event.
Great news Tania is on the mend!!!
Thanks for asking. She was transferred to the Queen Vic Hospital at East Grinstead on Wednesday last week, operated on Thursday where they cleaned out the cuts and abrasions and re positioned her front teeth. She got out of hospital of Friday and is making good progress – energy levels slowly returning - still on a soft food diet, antibiotics and painkillers. She will have her first physio today, but strength and muscle control continuing to improve. Basically on the road to recovery thank god. The treatment she got at both Darent Valley Hospital and Queen Victoria Hospital was tremendous – NHS showing it’s best side.
Big Kev's London to Paris Information Update
Rafe has been busy and has setup a Facebook Group for the ride, In his own words:
Idea is that people can chat, give support etc. Hopefully it will help build up some camaraderie before the event but also if people ask questions there, they might get answered by other riders saving Kev some work.
It can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/kevsbigbikeride
Also Rafe has written a brief guide on training for century rides for normal people not athletes, This may be of use to many of you not only Kev's peloton. It can be found at :
A few events coming up soon and as Alex Ferguson would say ‘it's getting to squeaky bum time‘
Good luck with final preparations
Thanks and best
Many thanks to Ginge and Beckenham RFC for a great day Sunday at the ‘ George Crowther 7’s
Thanks also to those of you who came along to support-great to see O2e shirts dotted around
See right our budding Page 3 beauties!!!
The Ledgendary Hoods In Team O2E Kit.
Tania had a very nasty accident at BRC’s Cyclo Park day at Gravesend on Sat and the latest update from Conor is:
Thanks - she's really overwhelmed by all the support she's getting. We are currently awaiting results of MRI Scan from earlier today and assuming all clear then she's being transferred to East Grinstead for dental and facial work - suspect she'll also need physio to get left side fully functioning. Getting stronger day by day. Name still down for Arch to Arc in Sept although think she'll need some initial encouragement to get back on the horse - but I've no doubt she will - she's a brave girl.
Tania, from everyone at O2e we wish you a full and speedy recovery xxx
Our numbers have grown over the years and YOU are taking on all sorts of crazy challenges, upping the bar with extra distance, faster times and more adventurous challenges. There is risk in what we do, we understand those risks.
Please everybody, take care in your training and events.
2013 is a HUGE year!!
Many thanks for support as always,
Well done to Caroline and her English/Irish Ceilidh Night on Saturday. Good fun evening was had by all and great O2e publicity going out on local radio, local paper and over 7,000 people on Florence Nightingale Hospice database.
Look out for the Tuohy clan on ‘ You’ve Been Framed ‘
More Events coming in!
Mr Michael Butler come on down!!
Michael was part of our first year in Skelly’s Zambezi Canoe Challenge and the prodigal son has returned-did get the fatted calf out but Big Kev ate it!
MB wanted to keep a low profile, so after giving up smoking four months ago, started putting in the miles in preparation for the Bath Half Marathon-job done completed it!!!
A truly ‘ Extraordinary ‘ story and challenge ( for those of you who know Michael will know he was no Mo Farah ) and HUGE CONGRATULATION in both giving up smoking and changing his life at 50 years young!!
This is what O2e is all about…………….
Mrs Nira come on down!!
Naughty Nira will be cycling 100 miles in August from London to the birthplace of William Shakespeare (Stratford-upon-Avon)
Mrs Nira will also be organising O2e’s first quiz night in October-details to follow
Many thanks as always Mrs xxx
Spadgeee McSpadgee come on down!!
‘Anthony the spadjmeister will be venturing along the North Downs Way. Having beaten the South Downs Way into submission in 2011 he will start at Dover and head along the Way passing Canterbury, Boughton-Lees, Rochester, Otford and Dorking ending up in sunny Farnham. This is a 120 mile route and will take 5 days. Broken up into two weekends in July.
A feat that will put the feet to the test ‘!!!!
Top Drawer Spadgeeeeeee best of luck
A big O2e welcome and ‘ come on down ‘ to Robert, Ivan, Simon, Jason and Rachele who will all be attempting the Blenheim Tri on 9th June. For some this will be their first Tri and the open water swim hold the most fear.
Thanks for choosing O2e and sure this will just be the start of your road to Ironman…………
Very best of luck
So, incredibly, we have 29 Events happening this year and know of at least 1 person yet to ‘ come on down ‘
Please don’t forget this Sunday and thanks to El Presidente, Ginger Stevens for support.
Beckenham RFC have a 7’s tournament-see flyer-will be a great family day so please try to come along CLICK HERE FOR FLYER
Nag, nag, nag……………..Please get for money in for Big Kev’s Arch to Arc
Many thanks for making 2013 our biggest sporting year yet!
O2E Member Spotlight Simon Jackson
Name: Simon JacksonDate: 24th April 2013
Q1. Which event are you training for?
Thames Path Ultra Marathon. 100km from Putney Bridge to Henley-on-Thames.
Q2. How are the preparations and training going?
It’s not until 13th September so we have little while yet. But having only ever run 16 miles before, I need to get the miles in. I did 27 miles off-road the other day so I was quite happy about that. The knees and back held up pretty good too. It’s more of a shuffle than a run though!
Q3. What is motivating you to;
I just enjoy the exercise to be honest. I run and cycle for the fun of it but always push myself. I have to be reserved when running as it can be a problem with my back.
B) do the event
I always thought I could do a marathon but decided to jump in at the deep end!
Q4. How did it come about that you're doing this event?
Someone in Connie’s (wife and fellow participant) running club sent us a link and we when we researched it we looked at each other and thought ‘why the hell not?!’ We are training together, starting the race together but will play it by ear if we stay together during the run.
Q5. Tell us more about your training.
I just stick with the cycling, really. I cycle to work daily then do a 60 miler every weekend. I do a 10km run twice a week too but am also soon adding in a long run on the weekends. At the end of May we’re doing one half of the race route so we can familiarize ourselves with the terrain, work out what shoes to wear, landmarks to look for etc. We’ll do the other half at the end of June so we’ll have covered the whole route prior the big day.
Q6. What is going to be the toughest part of doing this event for you?
Putting in the miles and the time we have to dedicate to training. 5-7 hour+ runs eat into your social life!
Q7. Confident for the big day?
Yes. I believe it’s more psychological than physical. I think if someone’s life depended on it, you could do it so it’s just case of getting in the right frame of mind and staying positive.
Q8. How have family and friends reacted to your doing this event?
Most of our friends know us fairly well so were not very surprised! As we’ve done some chunky things in the past, it is hard to remind people that we are putting lots of effort in and it doesn’t just come easily.
Q9. How much do you hope to raise?
Not too sure just yet. We find it hard to ask the same people for donations year in, year out and my mates see me coming a mile off! We’re setting up a charity page soon so will push that out to our friends and family.
Q10. How would like the donations from your efforts to make a difference?
We’ve always supported Demelza House in the past so it would be good to know how they spend and allocate the monies donated at the end of this year. However, all of O2e charities are the ‘right’ charities as I know O2e has strict prerequisites.
Q11. Do you have any fundraising ideas yet?
Right now, it’s early days. Primarily we’re doing it for personal achievement and if we can raise some money along the way for some great causes then it’s a bonus.
Q12. What is it about O2e that resonates with you?
What I love about O2e is the group of people who are involved. I love the type of events that are organized and it’s good to know that all the monies are donated to the nominated charities and not spent on marketing or wages like some other charities.
Q13. Finally, what advice do you have for any would-be O2eer?
Get your trainers on and get out there and do it!
What a brilliant day Sunday was and HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our four runners.
All through the finish line but walking like John Wayne at the moment!
Come on down:
Superb effort chaps and sure experience will be with you forever.
Quick write up from Max on Running London
The London Marathon experience!
From the moment you Line up at the start until you stumble across the finishing line after a gruelling 26.2 miles the London Marathon is a truly unforgettable experience! However race day is only half the battle! The journey really starts when you get the confirmation email confirming your spot has been accepted for the big day, and that’s when training begins… due to the London Marathon being in April the majority of your training will be through the long cold winter months, and 2012-13 showing record low temperatures, getting up for those long weekend runs requires immense willpower and dedication; therefore setting a strict diet and training routine has proven essential if you want to complete the distance to the absolute best of your ability. Throughout the marathon campaign injury is always a concern, whether it is a recurring niggle or a new problem as a result of the endurance training it needs to be treated immediately and in the correct manor in order to give yourself the best possible chance come race day! However having said this, the crowd on the day are better than any doctor I have ever come across… The support you are given by both the fellow runners and the 1000’s lining the track will get you through, and give you that all important leg up when facing the runners wall, and knowing the end result is generating revenue for a fantastic cause is enough to spur you on even when you think the tank is showing empty! It is a day I will never forget, and couldn’t recommend highly enough to those considering taking on!
Many thanks Max.
Two Events nailed so far in 2013!!
Good luck to Caroline and all contestants in her ‘ English/Irish Ceilidh Night this Saturday. At last count Caroline had sold 80 tickets with rumours of an appearance of the famous ‘ Tuohy Flatley Brothers ‘ after 10 pints of Guinness!!
Still have spaces available Download Flyer Here
Have a good week.