THE LONG PUSH 2012 takes place THIS weekend!
That's right people, 9 months of training, planning, preparation, promotion, pestering people on message boards and...falling off all come to a head this weekend, when I set off on my first fully long distance skate journey, the 100 mile round trip to Fleetwood and back, while Southport Air Show is on and I'm gonna get freaked out by low flying jets over my head along the coastline!!
I was doing some late maintenance on the board on Sunday and you can read more about that and the other recent posts on the blog at The Long Push 2012
As I'm at 3 days and counting down, I'm posting a blog post (or two) a day from now until the weekend, and Facebook updates even more at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-L...03916856296557, so please keep checking back.
Check the following posts:
'Monthly Vital Statistics - August' tells how the charity fund has grown to a massive £2288!!!
'Standby For Action' details the start of the countdown and tells the full story of Parkside Courts' amazing £350 (or more) donation to The Long push/Families Connected By Autism
While 'Muscle and Blood' (apart from being stolen from a Hughes/Thrall song title) tells more about my recovery from a fall in Blackpool a month ago, and some more donation news.
Thank you so much to all at Sidewalk who have donated or supported The Long Push for Autism Awareness this year, and those who have offered advice, Mr.Jim on Longboard, Chris White, Allyn Charpentier and of course, Nat Halliday and Marion Karr at Skatefurther and especially Laura Hatwell, for selling a set of her Seismic wheels and donating the money for The Long Push charity fund. The support from Skatefurther has been awesome and I feel I have been truly welcomed into the distance skating community. I look forward to doing some miles with some of the guys in the coming years, if my knees hold up???
And of course, thanks as ever, to THE LONG PUSH 2012 sponsors, www.bigwoodys.co.uk www.uk.dcshoes-store.com www.sporting-sails.com www.orangatangwheels.com www.jandrsports.co.uk
The guys at Middle-Age-Shred have been typically supprting as ever. It really is a great community to be part of and I have to thank all who have offered support and made donations, especially Woody and Dre who have been absolutely amazingly supportive this year, Mark Robinson who supplied me with The Long Push T-shirts and high viz vests and all who contributed draft logos for The Long Push. The final version used was one of Woody's , following The North Face's lack of co-operation. And also thanks to Twellsy who, apart from taking some amazing photos recently, has agreed to follow me the journey on his bike and document it for me. Thanks dude.
Hopefully I'll be featured in the local press over the next week or two and if anyone reading this here sees me on the road over the weekend give me a wave or a beep of your horn and remember, you can still make a donation of any amount at all at http://www.justgiving.com/TheLongPush