Event:    Worcestershire Beacon Race 2009.  Saturday, October 10th 2009.  Start 3.00pm Rose Bank Gardens, Great Malvern.

UPDATE: Well that was tough! I am pleased to say I finished and wasn't last - although I am disappointed that I was last in my age group and didn't break the target time I had set myself.  I did, however, set a PB of 1:24:01, not exactly setting The Hills alight...  I am afraid I allowed myself to get caught up in the rush at the start of the race!  I actually reached The Beacon @ 15 minutes quicker than I have before!  However, I then paid for this finding the climb back from West Malvern onto North Hill almost too much.  I must thank Jim Griffiths of Birchfield Harriers who's words of encouragement at this stage really picked me up.  The descent to the finish couldn't come soon enough and I made it back, beating my previous best time by just 30 secs.  Many thanks to all the people out on The Beacon for the support they gave to all the runners, it was much appreciated - and many thanks to the person who called out my name at St Annes Well - I heard you but didn't recognise the voice!

All that remains is for me, with your kind help, to pass my donation/sponsorship target!

Once again, many, many thanks to everyone for their very kind support - THANK YOU.

Why am I doing it?  A question I am often asking myself.  When I told Nicky Goodwin, who competes in Ironman events, I had entered she just said "You are barking..."  Trite as it may be I am doing it to prove something to myself and to raise money for Cancer Research in the process.  Cancer touches most of our lives in one way or another.  A good friend of mine is fighting hard with courage and dignity.  She has been in hospital since the beginning of July, yet she has remained cheerful and upbeat (yesterday, Friday, October 02nd, I received the very sad news that my dear friend had, in the early hours of the morning, lost her long fight against cancer - she was just 41).  If people sponsor me in some small way, maybe we can all help fight cancer.  Please give generously, it will be much appreciated. 

The race is over an @ 7 mile course which leaves Rose Bank Gardens in a southerly direction, crosses Foley Terrace and continues for a short distance along this minor road.  The course then takes a narrow zig-zag track which winds its way uphill through the woods to St Anne's Well, on to Happy Valley and across a further hilly, wooded area at the bottom of North Hill.  The course then runs back to St. Anne's Well along a wide, flat(ish) track until it ascends (steeply) on a fairly good path up to Earnshaw Quarry and on, up,  through the woods to the Goldmine where the course joins the tarmac track up to The Beacon.  The Beacon track is a hard climb (and the rest isn't?) to the summit.  The course then descends initially over rock, then grass and on to a wide track down to West Malvern.  Don't be fooled as the climbing is not over, the course rises again along a track around the end of North Hill and onto a short length of rough track down to a better track which continues around North Hill entering a steep descent to St. Anne's Well.  From here the course continues south along a mixed track and, eventually back to the finish in Rose Bank Gardens.  The course is @ 7 miles in total with a maximum altitude of 1395ft.  Apparently, there are magnificent views over the surrounding counties, I have never been able to raise my head at that stage!  In 2008 the winner completed the course in 43 mins 21secs and the slowest runner took 1hr 42 mins 24 secs - now, I may well be breaking one of those times, I will leave up to you to guess which...  the worrying thing is the entry form concludes with "Please ensure you are fully fit and able to cope with this run.  Remember this is NOT a fun run!"  Now, I know,  7 miles is by no means a great distance, however you will notice the words 'hill', 'up' and 'ascent' are used quite a lot and for a fifty one year old, fat photographer who gets out of breath running a bath...  I just hope it is still daylight when I finish...  My aim is purely to finish... and not be last... Oh, and as the Warriors' match that week is on the Thursday, if you are at a loss on the Saturday afternoon at 3.00pm - come for a nice walk on The Beacon, your support and encouragement will be welcomed by all competitors (approx 300) and if you own a 4x4 maybe you could give me a lift around the course....

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

Also, visit Worcester Warriors @

Updates 0

Raising money for

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 1089464, Scotland SC041666

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We are fighting cancer on all fronts, finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it to save more lives. We are entirely funded by the public. With your help, we can ensure more people beat cancer.

Raising money for

Run by Cancer Research UK

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 1089464, Scotland SC041666

Donations 46

Well Done

Donation by Deepdiver on 10/01/10

Donation by Louisa Smith on 26/10/09

Well done Ian! Looks like they've got the online bit working!

Donation by Phil C on 24/10/09

Well done Ian

Donation by Margaret Redgrave on 17/10/09

Well done Ian.

Donation by Irene on 17/10/09

Well done Ian.

Donation by Dave Westgate on 15/10/09

Well done Ian.

Donation by Wendy and Tom Galassini on 14/10/09

Well done for the run. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend.

Donation by Brenda Grantham on 14/10/09

Well done from the Baxters

Donation by andrew baxter on 13/10/09

Well done Ian.

Donation by Margaret McBride on 13/10/09

Well done you old No. 10!

Donation by Simon, Tracey and William on 13/10/09

Well done Ian

Donation by Pat Jones on 12/10/09

well done, i am glad that my words of encougragement lifted you to the finish and good luck for the future.

Donation by JAMES GRIFFITHS on 12/10/09

Well dons Ian.

Donation by Tuts on 12/10/09

Well done Ian.

Donation by Tuts on 11/10/09

Good Luck on The Beacon

Donation by Anne from Leigh, Worcs. on 09/10/09

Best of Luck

Donation by Anne from Leigh, Worcs. on 09/10/09

Donation by Roger Smith on 08/10/09

Take as much cider onboard as possible it numbs the pain!

Donation by pink on 07/10/09

I can't even run along a beach so all I can do is admire your efforts!

Donation by Wavey on 07/10/09

Good Luck - Hope it goes OK.

Donation by Irene, Pauline, Lorraine & Hilary on 07/10/09

Best of luck Ian. Get the Worcester Physio to give you the full treatment when you finish. Well done in advance.

Donation by Andrew Fosker on 07/10/09

Go for it Mr Smith - no excuses Soit Prudent !!! M

Donation by Mark Hubbard on 06/10/09

Run Give it your all, Biffo...

Donation by John Murphy on 06/10/09

Good luck Ian.....Wavey and I will join you next time!!! If there is a next time.....

Donation by Dave Rogers on 06/10/09

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£787.00
  • Offline donations£15.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£802.00
  • Gift Aid£147.23

* Charities pay a small fee for our service. Find out how much it is and what we do for it.