March already!  So much going on in O2e-land, I’m getting loads of grief from JT Slim and the rest of the IT team for making these newsletters too long, but how does one cut out any of the following fabulous news items?
Thank you for all your lovely feedback.  Please take time to read what’s going on and think about how you can join in, supporting an existing event or coming up with an event of your own.  And a reminder to send in your updates and photos. 

Event number 37 – Filthy at 40!

Cath Brazier is a great friend of Ollie and Anthea Rastall and has come along to a few O2e dinners over the years.  Cath turns 40 this year and will be stretching her celebrations throughout the entire 12 months – perfect O2e material. 

Inspired by the O2e story she is undertaking a year of being filthy – more specifically getting very muddy (calm down Roger) doing a running event during each month.  She has already completed 10k runs in January and February; another 10k will be completed in March and then 13th April brings her first really muddy challenge with the Wolf Run on 13th April in Warwickshire. For the uninitiated WOLF stands for “woods, obstacles, lakes and fields” and it’s not for the squeamish!  The full program from April onwards is:

April 13 – Spring Wolf Run 5k, Warwickshire
May 18 – Rough Runner 10k, Oxfordshire
June 1/2 – Tough Mudder Urban 5k, Northampton
July 20 – Colour Rush 5k, Liverpool 
August 17 – Tough Mudder Classic 16k, Badminton
September 21 – Serpentine Swim, London
September 28/29 – Rat Race, Wales
October 5 – Rough Runner 10k, London
Nov and Dec TBC.

Fantastic effort Cath, thank you for thinking of O2e and best of luck with these challenges.  And please note dear readers, all of the above are team events and Cath is looking for brave souls to join in! Cath’s fundraising page for you generous O2e peeps out there is:

Beardy Boy Al – 12 Marathons in 12 months

Beardy completed his third marathon in three months last weekend at the Phoenix marathon at Walton on Thames.  Next up is ROME on 7 April!  Buona fortuna uomo con la barba.  And he’s about to smash £500 donations

Registration now open for Big Kev’s bike ride
 Les Gilets Extraordinaire!

Fastest sign up ever with 20 peeps already registered in the first 3 days.  Kev’s posse will be setting off on the morning of 12th Sept from central London and arriving some 200 miles later on the Friday evening at La Grande Arch de la Defense, in North-West Paris.  All the details are on the O2e web site at  Slatts is in charge of music, Padg in charge of aches and sprains, Rafe the Route has done the bizzo, the magnificent support crew are polishing their signs and Toby has booked his flights from Australia!!!  Come on down peeps, you know it makes sense. 

Posse Monmouthshire Bike Ride Spectacular

Last few places left for this fabulous cycling weekend in the delightful Monmouthshire countryside, 17 to 19 May.  All abilities welcome.  Drop Nick a line to reserve your place:

Nol runs London Marathon for O2e

Nol Mara is joining Chloe Gibbs in the O2e line up for the best marathon in the world – London, 28th April.  Nol (real name rumoured to be Noel O’Meara) is already up to 16-mile training runs and so far reports that all parts of his body are responding well to the gruelling endurance.  Nol is looking for a sub-4 hour time and every penny donated will spur him on to greatness:
Well done Nol, excellent effort!

Florries Fun Run for O2e

A fantastic initiative from one of our six 2019 charities – Florries looks after terminally ill children, allowing them to be treated and cared for in their own homes.  Florries CEO Jo Turner has been working with our very own Caroline “Cazzer” Kiely-Smith to organise a 32-mile sponsored walk around the Aylesbury Ring.  Date is 18 May starting at 7am and this is a challenging day for even the hardy of walkers.  Fundraising page is at
Contact Caroline in the first instance to register yourself, friends and family for the walk:

Granty’s Celebrity Darts Night – Sold Out!

Tuesday 26th March at 6pm at the Paris Grill Restaurant, Crutched Friars, London, EC3N 2AE (just off Fenchurch Street).  Come along and have a super night supporting the O2e arrowista’s versus darting glitterati superstars from around the world. Donations gratefully received at

Thank you from Princess Leah!

At last count, Leah had received donations of £232.50 plus £30 gift aid.  Thank you to those generous peeps who helped to achieve this terrific total, you know who you are!

O2e merchandise

A few O2e items for your collection; arm warmers, peaked cycle cap and a handy re-useable, collapsible, turtle-friendly canvas bag.  Contact Brett to place your orders

Comments, suggestions, event information, donations, news, photographs…. send them all to me at
Have a great weekend, enjoy the rugby, come on Wales!

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