Sunday, December 15, 2013

Worden Park - Boxing Day 10k

I am 49, overweight, have a history of knee problems, and haven't run further than the bus stop since I gave up playing football nearly 20 years ago. Despite this, I decided in November to have a go at the Worden Park Boxing Day 10k, giving myself just six weeks to get into shape.

The reason for this madness is to support my girl Izzie Butchart in her preparations for the 2014 London Marathon - a much more ambitious plan than my own! - on behalf of ARC, an excellent charity who provide impartial and evidence-based advice to expectant and bereaved parents throughout and after the antenatal screening and testing process. Her big sister Caroline (a proper runner, unlike me & Iz) is coming up for xmas too so there will be three of us running for ARC on boxing day.

If you would like to incentivise us by donating to this fine charity, please do it via Izzie's marathon page so it helps towards her target. If we can get her up to £1,400 before xmas I will also dye my hair bright pink for the race, and Caroline is going to run in a giraffe costume. I know - the mind boggles! Come along and cheer us along if you live near Leyland: you know you will need fresh air after all that christmas excess, and I for one will need all the help I can get...

Monday, January 21, 2013

Darwin Day Celebration Lecture 2013

Exciting news! The eighth annual Darwin Day Celebration Lecture will take place on Thursday 28 Feb 2013 at 7.00pm in DBLT. I am delighted to say that the lecturer will be Prof Bruce Hood, from the University of Bristol. Bruce is a famously dynamic and engaging speaker: you may have seen him on TV giving the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2011. The lecture will be entitled "Darwin's Vision: The Evolved Mind".

More info at:
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Doors will open at 6.00pm. There will be a cash bar and bookstall in the Darwin foyer as usual. Hope to see you all there!