31 Mar 2014

Who will you back in the Grand National?

In just under a week, an estimated 600 million will sit down in front of TV screens around the world to watch one of the greatest horse racing spectacles – the Grand National. Will you be joining in the fun?

The big steeplechase race takes place at Aintree, Liverpool every April and is the biggest race in the Aintree Festival. This is a race that has a long history – the first Grand National took place in 1839. It often causes controversy because of the gruelling nature of the course. At 4 miles 3½ furlongs, not only is it one of the longest courses in the horse racing calendar, but with 30 challenging jumps for the horses to clear during the two circuits, it’s also one of the most difficult – for horse and jockey alike.

So difficult, in fact, that there have been several horse fatalities during the race’s history. But in 2011 and 2012, the course was modified to make certain fences less treacherous and this has mainly been achieved by levelling or raising the landing side of the fences.

For any steeplechase fans, the Grand National is one of the most anticipated races in the year, but because of its long history, it’s one that many people who never bet on anything else will have a flutter on. Partly it’s because the field is so large that you can always find a horse’s name that has some kind of resonance for you. Scroll down the list on betfair.com and you’ll see that there are currently 72 horses in with a chance of making the start of the race on 5 April. By race day, the field will be reduced to 40, and as it’s a handicap race, it will be the 40 horses carrying the heaviest weights.

Current favourites include Teaforthree (9/1), Monbeg Dude (14/1), Tidal Bay and Long Run (16/1), but if you want to back a long shot, take a look at the horses with odds of around 50/1. The only danger with backing a horse before the day of the race is that it may not start at all, but that’s all part of the fun of the Grand National.

20 Mar 2014

Team Honk - My part!

*apologies that this hasn't been done before now.*

over 26 miles!
Sports Relief 2014
Lets do this!

Travelling by my lovely bike for the first 18 miles was tough, not only did it physically get to me but mentally it challenged me to stay focused and fight through the pain my legs were now suffering. The idea to keep things fresh and give me a chance for breaks was a photo scavenger hunt, and obviously update on twitter along the way. Sadly the odds seemed against me as my phone wouldn't let me update twitter. So whilst everyone sat and waited I was unable to update *embarrassed face*.

Jumping on the train gave me a break, but that's when I really started to feel the pain. 
Arriving at Dover priory, the bike was left behind and I set off on my feet - to do something I wish I thought more about before. My now jelly feeling legs had to get me up Dover Castle hill! and for those of you that know the area will know it's not exactly the nicest of hills, even cars struggle at times!
When reaching the almighty top I was greeted by the lovely Faded Seaside Mama who probably said the best thing I had heard all day "Lets sit down". Before driving to find a cool spot to take our hand over photos. 
You know what though putting the lack of phone signal and the increasing pain aside - I DID IT!
In my sweaty, tired mess I retreated home and went straight to my bed.

There is still time to donate RIGHT HERE!
See @Team_Honk and #TeamHonkRelay on twitter for updates on where Mr B is now and other great news.

The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014. The public can join the fun and games by running, swimming or cycling their way to raising cash at over a thousand venues around the country, including the landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

As one of the biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world.

8 Mar 2014

Inspirational Women

Eliafura makes the most beautiful batiks and tie dyed material.  With the support of the Gatsby Trust Eliafura has registered her business and learned important health and safety rules around the chemicals she uses.   

Eliafura now also trains other women in the village who bring material to her and she shows them how to create these beautiful patterns. They sell easily to not only local schools where teachers like to buy them but also overseas. 

The wonderful ladies behind Team Honk bought her entire stock whilst out there because they loved them so much and now are working out how to sell them on to complete the circle of donation, funding, training, selling, donating. 

This is just one of the inspirational women that receive help from your donations to Sports Relief! Over the past 20 years the number of women making something for themselves, and their families, thanks to The Gatsby Trust has forever increased.

The Gatsby Trust helps 1000 female entrepreneurs by educating both women and their partners about women’s rights and providing support and training, it has been around since 1992.
How can you help #LastingChange?
  1. Please RT, share and support any updates you see with the #lastingchange hashtag.
  2. DONATE You can help create #lastingchange by sponsoring #teamhonkrelay for Sport Relief
  3. GET INVOLVED Join up for your local Sport Relief event here.

6 Mar 2014

Something has to change

It becoming apparent that I am slacking.
The days are getting away from me.
I'm forever tired. Barely online.
I need to break this horrible cycle.
Before I really do lose the plot.

23 Feb 2014


I have been quite distant lately.
Hopefully that will change soon.
My mood is improving.
So fingers crossed.