The 7k Great Gorilla Run in London – My Challenge, the necessary speedy recovery and THAT embarrassing video.

After a decision at the back end of 2011 to lose some weight, get fit and fast, I found out that actually I quite liked this whole running and cycling stuff far more than previously thought. So I thought I’d do some more of it…

Turns out that really going for it and losing a stone and a half in 6 months can take a bit too much off from areas where the extra weight had been supporting the knees.  Just after I signed up to run the 7k Great Gorilla Run and the 5k Zombie Evacuation.   Great!!

One physio session later and I know that I have a muscle imbalance around my knees which will need some fairly constant special exercises over the next few months.  It’s working, but it’s taking some time and the occasional let down of a session can be annoying.  So….now that’s working, on with the running and the charity fundraising.

So what’s the 7k Great Gorilla Run?

London’s best all-costume charity fun run – 100’s of people, all dressed as gorillas and going ape for a day on 22nd September 2012.  Since the first Great Gorilla Run in 2003, thousands of people have donned their gorilla suits and run, jogged or walked the 7km City and Bank side fun run route.   Take in sights such as Tower Bridge, The River Thames and The Tate Modern.

What’s the Charity?

Now in it’s 20th year, The Gorilla Organization works internationally to save the world’s last remaining gorillas in the wild from extinction by funding grass-roots projects run by local African partners aimed at tackling the very real threats to the gorillas’ long term survival.

The Sponsorship Raising Video

On the hottest day of the year so far, I along with my colleague Michael Breeze, as part of our Interactive Ideas Gorilla Marketing Team met up in a local kids playground and park in Ware, Hertfordshire so I could film and put together a video to help raise the minimum £400 needed for the charity…..and here it is.

Please do watch, laugh and then please donate anything you can to our sponsorship page:


Rock Of Ages Finally Looks Like It Will Rock on Film

Finally a film of a musical that looks like not being pretty awful. Ok so not the most positive of starts to a blog I’m sure you’ll think. But to me that’s a great thing! I think maybe my world of musicals has been tarnished by a long list of pretty awful looking west end shows that have been jumping from film to theater and theater to film and a never ending loop of celebrity filled nonsense.

But, Rock of Ages is now looking a great prospect for a film, with a pretty good cast, topped by Mr Tom Cruise, who I have learned to appreciate over the years through his early days in Top Gun, Cocktail, Days of Thunder, Rain Man, Colour of Money, Born on the Fourth of July, Legend even! Through to his middle period of deeper films in Vanilla Sky, Minority Report, Magnolia, Last Samurai and a couple of comedies where his straight role in it often steals the limelight as its played so well.

Tropic Thunder being my favourite of those…

Alongside the Mission Impossible movies which have got better and better…anyway away from the Tom Cruise thing…starting to sound obsessive.

Bit of background about Rock of Ages if you were not aware, it was originally a book by Chris D’Arienzo, built around classic rock hits from the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of the decade. The musical features songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and Asia, among other well-known rock bands.

The film features a good line up and I’ll be making the rarer these days trip to the Cinema for this one.

  • Drew Boley Diego Boneta
  • Sherrie Christian Julianne Hough
  • Lonny Barlett Russell Brand
  • Stacee Jaxx Tom Cruise
  • Dennis Dupree Alec Baldwin
  • Justice Charlier Mary J. Blige
  • Stacee Jaxx’s manager Paul Giamatti
  • Mayor Mike Whitmore Bryan Cranston
  • Patricia Whitmore Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Constance Stack Malin Åkerman

Rock of Ages is pencilled in for a UK and USA Release date of  15th June 2012

Trailer below, and the music from the stage show is available on Amazon UK and can be found via this link: