Day 65

GLAD THAT I LIVE AM I

Whilst I was in hospital the first few lines of this went through my head. It’s an old school hymn that I had not heard for nearly 40 years. Thanks to Tim Berners-Lee I was able to check the entire lyrics.

Enjoy

GLAD THAT I LIVE AM I

Glad that I live am I,
That the sky is blue;
Glad for the country lanes
And the fall of dew,
After the sun the rain,
After the rain the sun
This is the way of life
Till the work be done.
All that we need to do,
Be we low or high is to
see that we grow nearer the sky.

Yes, life is sweet ….. and I double-checked before I wrote this and confirmed that I am not a Man City or Arsenal fan. It doesn’t get better guys!

This morning I woke at 5am for a short journey to the Harald BNI chapter at Thornaby. I quickly checked my inbox and was delighted to find this update from my brother-in-arms Mark Say. Mark is very involved with BloodRun and we would both be obliged if you would check this out.

“An early start for Mark today to go and meet a very special man. His name is Steve Hall and he is currently on Day 65 of a 3,000 mile cycle ride around the UK. Steve is a 53 year old Ex-Pat who currently lives in Torrevieja, Alicante. He has taken five months out of his life to raise awareness about all the worlds refugees, he isn’t asking for money, just for people to consider the plight of some of the people less fortunate than ourselves.From Steve’s website:

Why am I doing this? My aim is very clear. I want to help to raise awareness for the world’s 45 million refugees. I am not looking to raise money. I am simply focused on raising the level of awareness for this huge global issue.

On his journey around the UK Steve is visiting all 92 football clubs on the way. Mark was put in touch with Steve through his father Mick, both are members of BNI, Business Networking International, and Mick put the two in touch in the hope that, as both are doing charity work, that they may be able to help each other. As Steve neared Hartlepool, Mark offered to be his “fixer” for the day, arranging a visit to Victoria Park, home of Hartlepool United Football Club, some press coverage and even a spot of lunch.

Mark met Steve at the end of the local BNI meeting which was held at The Windmill, Dalton Piercy. The two then saddled up for the roughly 5 mile trip into Hartlepool. The weather could have been better, with that fine rain that soaks you through making an appearance. Neither of the pair were suitably dressed for the rain and Steve didn’t even have a jacket, being that it was cut off him by the police after a bad accident recently because they thought he had dislocated his shoulder! But nevertheless they set off towards the 39th club of Steve’s journey.

Steve told Mark before they set off to take it easy as he was still sore from the accident, so Mark set off at a modest pace only to have Steve fly by him on the first hill, so much for frailty!

It didn’t take long to get there and as we were a little early we nipped into Facchinis Cycles on Murray Street where Martin was able to tighten Steve’s mudguard and “lend” him an allen key for his handlebar headset. We then headed to Morrisons, one of the Bloodrun sponsors, for a coffee, and then made the short trip around the corner to Victoria Park. First of all we met Jon and the “Mock up” Bloodbike to show Steve, then inside we went to meet Mark the Press Officer for HUFC, hereby known as “HUFC Mark”.

HUFC Mark and Steve chatted football and as both were like an encyclopaedia of football knowledge they seemed to get on like a house on fire, it turns out one of the Hartlepool players was signed from a club which is 6 miles from where Steve used to live in Sweden! And HUFC Mark even knew of Steve’s friend Bjorn Heidenstrom who recently cycled from Norway to South Africa as part of “The Shirt” project and used to play for Leyton Orient!

The Hartlepool Mail came down and took a few photos of Steve for the paper and then HUFC Mark showed us the stadium, great stuff! Thanks to all at HUFC and The Hartlepool Mail for that.

Hunger began to strike and before Steve saddled up Mark treated him and Jon to some fish and chips from Majestic Fisheries, Lister Street, it certainly filled a hole! Mark and Jon then presented Steve with a signed Bloodrun 2010 T-Shirt as part of his Shirt collection and he rode off into the rain back towards The Windmill.

Thank you Steve and we hope that the rest of your journey goes without a hitch!

Check out Steve’s website at www.theshirt2010.co.uk

You can see the full article with some great photos here

After an excellent BNI meeting with Harald at Thornaby, it looked like I had a quick free-wheel to Middlesbrough but sadly an assortment of motorway style roads, cul-de-sacs, appalling directions at a petrol station and my own lack of local knowledge meant I was cycling in circles! Eventually, a friendly local gave me excellent directions and I was at Middlesbrough’s stadium to be met by a tour guide and a shirt. Yes, I had the pleasure of a 1-2-1 tour of the stadium by Barry who was himself an ex pro in the 50s and 60s and was a mine of information about all things ‘Boro. He also gave me superb directions on back-roads out of town to Thirsk. A TOP guy and a real pleasure to have shared something of the tradition of this proud club with him.

Club 40 …. a milestone!

2 Responses to “Day 65”

  • Great blog post, very well written :p

    Thanks for the cross blog promotion, I have now added the press cutting from your appearance in the Hartlepool Mail to the blog post, hope its clear enough to read!

  • […] Today I got an email from the guys at Bloodrun. By complete coincidence this very week I was in Middlesbrough and was regally hosted at their impressive stadium and of course met Mark and […]

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