Olympic Torch travel through Stoke-On-Trent

May 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Only 12 days into the Olympic Torch Relay the Olympic Torch has made it to Bath-Knight’s hometown, Stoke-On-Trent.

Travelling from Chester and through parts of Shropshire yesterday, the Torch arrived in Stoke-On-Trent late yesterday afternoon with the city’s first and only Olympic gold medallist, Imran Sherwani, who won gold in the men’s hockey final at the 1988 Olympic Games.

Imran Sherwani Olympic Torch Stoke on Trent

Imran Sherwani brings the Olympic Torch to Stoke-on-Trent

Imran carried the torch to Hanley Forrest Park, which was host to a free celebratory concert in honour of the Olympic Torch’s presence in the city. Early this morning the flame travelled through Cobridge, Burlsem and Middleport before making its way to Crewe and on to the North West.

Tony Pulis Olympic Torch

Stoke City FC Manager, Tony Pulis, started today’s relay carrying the torch from The Potteries Museum in Hanley before passing it on to another Torchbearer chosen to carry the torch through North Staffordshire.

It’s fantastic to see that so many local people made the effort to come out last night and early this morning to see the Olympic Torch pass through the city of Stoke-on-Trent as the event really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a great pleasure to see.

The Olympic torch in Stoke on Trent

Local Torchbearers in Stoke-On-Trent

Further north the torch has reached Jodrell Bank where it went to the top of the telescope with comedian, John Bishop, who recently took part in a mammoth triathlon from Paris to London for Sport Relief. A friend of mine, who saw the torch at Jodrell Bank, has sent over some fantastic photos of the comedian John carrying the torch.

John Bishop Olympic Torch

John Bishop carrying Olympic Torch at Jodrell Bank

I’d love to know if the Olympic Torch has visited your hometown yet so feel free to leave a comment in the box below.

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Websites of the Week- Sport Relief Special

March 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

Sport Relief is finally here as thousands of people will be pounding the pavements this weekend to run their Sport Relief mile. But before all that running we get to enjoy a Sport Relief telethon on BBC One this evening from 7pm.

With this in mind I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s website of the week to www.sportrelief.com  and document some of the Sport Relief challenges which have caught my eye in recent weeks and months.

John Bishop’s Week of Hell- Only a couple of weeks ago we saw comedian John Bishop cycle, row and run from Paris to London for Sport Relief. I followed John’s challenge via both the Sport Relief website and Radio One– I even wrote about John Bishop’s Week of Hell here on my blog.

Astonished by the endurance which John showed throughout and the amount of public support which he received I was keen to tune into BBC One’s documentary “John Bishop’s Sport Relief Hell” last night which televised his challenge in full. After watching the programme I realised just how hellish John’s Week of Hell was.

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John Bishop for Sport Relief

Despite being completely exhausted, both mentally and physically, John’s determination to make the finish line in Trafalgar Square never wavered and I think that this is the reason why he succeed. John’s challenge was a pleasure to watch and a remarkable achievement which has encouraged thousands of others to take part in the Sport Relief mile.

Can you believe that John covered 295 miles and burned 39,872 calories? For more information on John Bishop’s Week of Hell check out his Sport Relief webpage which has video, photos and a donation link- Enjoy!

Helen Skelton’s Polar Challenge- Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton is fearless and no stranger to Sport Relief challenges. So this year she was determined to push herself to the limit by skiing, bike riding and kiting 500 miles across the Antarctic to the South Pole.

Helen faced extraordinary conditions with freezing temperatures of-48 ˚C and terrain which proved difficult to travel across. Despite such she managed to trek the 500 miles, pulling a sledge of essentials weighing 82kg behind her, successfully reaching the South Pole in only 18 days.

Helen Skelton polar challenge

Helen Skelton in the South Pole

I was eager to keep track of Helen’s challenge because she had set herself such an ambitious task. No one has ever used a bike to travel across the Antarctic before and this method was met with some hesitation from experts. I was also keen to see how she would keep herself on track in such an isolated place. Luckily for us Helen kept an online blog which documented her journey and was a real pleasure to read.

Helen’s Polar Challenge is detailed in full on her webpage on www.sportrelief.com which also includes more information on the World Record that Helen broke during her trek to the South Pole.

David Walliams Vs. The Thames- Another celebrity who is no stranger to Sport Relief is comedian David Walliams who has pervious swam the English Channel for Sport Relief. In September 2011 he took on the dangerous and gruelling task of swimming the River Thames.

After swimming in unpredictable water which was not only dirty but laden with traffic its came as little surprise that David become poorly during his swim. Nevertheless he successfully swam day after day for 8 days, racking up a phenomenal 140 miles and breathtakingly 111352 strokes- ouch!

David Walliams the thames

David Walliams for Sport Relief

David’s commitment to Sport Relief proves what a worthy charity Sport Relief is, helping both families abroad and here in the UK, some of whom will be featured on the Sport Relief telethon this evening.

Like John and Helen, David has a Sport Relief webpage which documents his challenge including photographs, his River Thames route and funny videos which really are worth watching especially if you’re a fan of David Walliams comedy- him dancing to Abba’s Dancing Queen is a definite highlight.

Sport Relief is on BBC One from 7pm tonight and Sport Relief Mile events are taking place across the UK on Sunday for more information visit the Sport Relief website.

Annette’s Websites of the Week- Fairtrade Fortnight, Sports Relief, Saga Holidays

March 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

Take a Step for Fairtrade It’s Fairtrade Fortnight (27th Feb- 11th March) and to celebrate Fairtrade have launched the ‘Take a Step’ campaign which encourages more people to purchase and actively support Fairtrade produce.

Fairtrade would like everyone to take a step through buying Fairtrade, holding a Fairtrade event or simply sharing the campaign with family and friends. Once you’ve taken your step document it on the Take a Step in 2012’s website www.fairtrade.org.uk.

Fairtrade Take a Step

Fairtrade- Take A Step Website

Currently 166,670 people (including myself) have taken part in helping Fairtrade progress. This growing support is display on the website’s interactive timeline which collates people’s personal pledges, Facebook updates, Fairtrade related tweets and newly created Fairtrade events. 

It’s a really interesting site which explains lots about Fairtrade and how you can support.  For a giggle watch the Take a Step videos that showcase the wide range of Fairtrade products now available everything from chocolates, wines, coffee and even fashionable clothing.

Saga HolidaysSince the Costa Cruising disaster some people have been put off traveling. It’s often the case after such a highly publicised incident people worry that something similar may happen to them whilst away on holiday. Sadly this lack in confidence means that many people decide to not take a holiday at all.

With this in mind I thought that I’d share with you the Saga Holiday website. A company who have become crucial in the over 50 market place Saga excel in all areas but even more so in holiday packages exclusively for travellers over the age of 50.

Saga Holidays Website

Saga Holiday website

Their holiday selection is incredibly vast. Offering holidays to destination far and wide customers can choose from a European city break to a month in South America. Further Saga specialise in interest related breaks for people who enjoy dancing, music, archaeological and walking.

Travelling with Saga as an older traveller also means that you will gain all of the relevant information needed to travel safely – travel insurance, policies for older passengers, necessary medical check-ups prior to travelling etc.

And if you’re still not put off cruising I would highly recommend looking into Saga’s range of Cruise liners which tour the world in grand cruising style. Visit www.saga.co.uk/holidays for more travel inspiration exclusive to over 50s.

John Bishop’s Week of Hell for Sport Relief- Earlier this week I wrote about comedian John Bishop’s ‘Week of Hell’ for Sport Relief. Challenged to cycle, row and run from Paris to London in only 5 days, John was in for a tough week but was certain that he could pull it off.

On his final day of the challenge John is now running the final stretch. From Gravesend in Kent to the finish line in Trafalgar Square, London where I’m sure celebrations will take place when he passes the finish line.

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John Bishop's Sport Relief Challenge

I’ve followed the challenge via BBC Radio One this week and have to say that I’m astonished by the public support which John Bishop has received. An enormous £968,009 has been donated by Radio One listeners alone, which is far beyond what anyone was hoping for. 

John Bishop’s Week of Hell has been another Sport Relief challenge which has been a joy to watch. Huge congratulations to John for all of his hard work and perseverance this last week- an astonishing contribution which will be appreciated greatly.

Support John by making a donation on the Sport Relief website today.

‘Bishop’s Week of Hell’ – John Bishop’s Sport Relief Challenge

February 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Stand-up comedian John Bishop is joining the list of celebrities who have pushed themselves to the limits for Sport Relief. Braving an endurance challenge titled ‘Bishop’s Week of Hell’ he will cycle, row and run from Paris to London in only five days.

Starting his ‘Week of Hell’ this morning John set off from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Leaving the beautiful French city by bike he is currently cycling across northern France to Calais where he will be joined by TV presenter Davina McCall, former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff and Olympian Denise Lewis.

John Bishop Week of Hell

John Bishop - Bishop's Week of Hell

The foursome will take to a rowing boat and row across the channel to Dover- they’ve now officially been granted permission by the French authorities who initially denied access to the route due to complications with shipping lanes.

When they reach English shores John will swop his life jacket for running shoes as he sets off to Trafalgar Square by foot- a gut wrenching three marathons in three days. It’s estimated that the comic will cover over 290 miles in his feat for Sport Relief victory.

John Bishop in training

John Bishop in training prior to Sport Relief challenge

I’m generally a fan of Sport Relief Challenges and recently enjoyed following Helen Skelton’s trek in the Antarctica. So I’ll be keen to keep an eye on John’s progress during his ‘Week of Hell’.  Fingers crossed the channel won’t be too choppy to cross.

You can follow John Bishop’s challenge on the Sport Relief website where you can sponsor John too. Good luck and best wishes to John and all of the celebrities joining him along the way!

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