My 10km sponsored run for HealthProm

546573_10150823501456186_1626171879_nOn 18 May in London’s Regent’s Park I will be doing a sponsored 10km run for the development organisation HealthProm – wearing a superhero costume as part of the 2014 Superhero Run.

HealthProm is a London-based team, that works to give vulnerable and disabled children in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe the best start in life. In the Former Soviet Union, where two disabled children every hour are separated from their parents and put in ill-equipped baby homes, HealthProm supports the development of community-based services so that parents can keep their child at home. In Afghanistan, where maternal and infant mortality is one of the highest in the world, they train healthcare staff, and help parents in remote regions to access emergency transport and knowledge so that women can give birth safely.

These causes are very close to my heart; in helping with some of HealthProm’s projects I have seen how dedicated their team is to making vulnerable children’s lives better. And in the parts of the world where they work, a small amount of money really does go a very long way.

You can learn more about HealthProm on their website. Read about the Superhero Run here.

This run is also giving me something to focus my energy on, as I try to get fit for the first time in years. Since beginning training at the start of the year I have lost a stone and a half in weight, my waist is three inches smaller, I have rowed the equivalent of Melbourne to Tasmania and run the same distance as Land’s End to John O’Groats. I’m eating sensibly.

Whether or not I’ll fit into the lycra costume, time will tell…

You can contribute to the money I am raising for HealthProm on my sponsorship page (it’s easy to do). Please also share this page on Facebook and Twitter, via the sharing icons below.

Thank you for your support!


Rugby photos: Russia 7 – 28 USA / Фото с регби: Россия 7 – 28 США

Line-out, Russia vs. USA
Line-out, Russia vs. USA

RUSSIA VS. USA, 23 November 2013, London.

The match began at dusk on a beautiful London winter’s day, and ended in driving rain. In the middle there was an entertaining game of rugby – both teams ran with the ball, and never slowed the match down.

Russian fans for Russia vs. USA
Russian fans for Russia vs. USA

The teams’ nicknames gave a hint to how the game would pan out: the Russian Bears – big, proud, simmering with languid aggression – were overwhelmed by the faster, sleeker American Eagles.

The USA attack...
The USA attack…

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Russian fans at Russia vs. USA
Russian fans at Russia vs. USA

The USA won 28 – 7, and four tries to one. The result was harsh on Russia given the fight that they showed…

Russia attack...
Russia attack…

… but they could have lost by more, as the Americans missed at least three try-scoring chances.

Russia stop an American attack...
Russia stop an American attack…

The USA’s all-action captain, and their Samoan-bred centres, quelled every Russian attack.

A maul on the half-way line
A maul on the half-way line

Russia’s try was scored by Andrei Garbuzov, and was converted by Ramil Gaisin.





The plain text version of my article “Going For Gold: The London 2012 Olympic Games” is copied below – but please follow the link to read the full version in the July 2012 issue of Ukraine International Airlines’ Panorama magazine, with photographs, additional information and useful links.

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The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

My feature on the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II can be read in the May 2012 issue of Panorama, the in-flight magazine of Ukraine International Airlines.

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Photo set: Cricket at Lord’s: Middlesex vs. Surrey, 14.04.2012

Jacques Rudolph faces Tim Murtagh at Lord’s

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At the close of the third day of the LV County Championship match between Middlesex and Surrey at Lord’s, Surrey were just 46 runs from a victory target of 141, with six wickets remaining.   Continue reading