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Travel Gremlins

It's been a day...

A long day...

A trip to work's office in Basingstoke is never particularly straight forward but...

BUT!!!

The first train at just before 6am - decided to tell us there was a signalling fault, and sat at the station for five extra minutes... and then crept into Liverpool.

The Virgin down to London was for once only 10 minutes late - or ON TIME as we've come to accept it...

The Tube, for once worked like a dream...

And then Waterloo...

At this point I feel duty bound to say I have a fair grasp on my faculties, and am capable of walking significant distances...

Platform numbers weren't showing, so asked one person in uniform, got sent to a platform where the train wasn't going to Basingstoke... So asked another, different platform.... still not going to Basingstoke... Ask a third... and he checks his app...

Get on the train... and the guard tells me I'm on the slow, stopping train... and there was a faster one leaving behind us, but it was too …

Running for Charity...

A couple of people have asked for my tips and tricks for running for charity in the last couple of weeks, so I thought I'd write a summary of my sage advice...

1) Some charities have places in run, others don't, some put on their own events. 

If a charity has places in a big run, then they will have paid for it (and on top of the cost the run would charge you there may be an admin cost from the race organiser for bulk bookings, the admin of managing finding the runners etc).

If they don't then see below.

If they put on their own event then expect the events to be more fun and more loved than others - my favourite 10k, the Mad Dog, is run by the local rotary and supports their good works.  It's not the cheapest 10k run I've done, but its one I've done every year since it started.

2) Fundraising targets - check, check, check... If a charity is giving you a target then be honest, will you make it?  As a minimum please cover costs (and try for awareness if you ca…