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:


Ok so most people start a new years resolution in January, I decided to kick mine off just before Christmas, but seeing mine was healthy eating, drinking less and exercising more, I wanted to get off to a bit of head start rather than pile on the extra weight over Christmas and have more to work off.

I have been a member of Nuffield Health Centre in Hertford since September 2011 but not really gone more than a couple of times a week, and due to a pretty heavy work commitment which usually goes on until 6:30-7 most nights I prefer to start at 6:30am and be on my way to work for 7:45 which usually gives me about 45 mins in there, 15mins over the recommended daily amount, perfect!

Since mid December I’ve upped my routine to 5/6 days a week with my fiance (increased status of greatness since New Years, high fives all round). I feel better than ever before, plus five-a-side football with work once a week and I have just put myself forward for both a 22 mile river boat race in September and a charity boxing match in May so I feel this is all going well. (I’ve never boxed before so expecting to be knocked out in the first round but at least I’ll be even healthier after the 20 weeks of training I’ll get as part of that on top of my current training.

Last night I had my Health MOT which included blood tests for all the I’ll open up the stats for all to see at this stage and give you all the low down in 3 months time at my next Health check.

Height: 181cm (5ft 11 inches)

Weight: 81kg (12 stone 11 pounds)

BMI: 24.7 I fall into the low end of the healthy weight, close to the border of slightly overweight category.

Systolic Blood Pressure: 128 mmHg – Centre of a normal level

Diastolic Blood Pressure: 74 mmHg – Bottom end of a good level

Aerobic Fitness V02: Max 49ml/kg/min – Top end of good level

Resting Heart Rate: 65bpm – Centre of normal level

Total Cholesterol: 4.44 mmol/L A good level

Blood Glucose: 4.6 mmol/L – A good level

Overall Health Score: 80

So basically I’m doing ok and 80 puts me into the category of the top 20% of the UK population of men aged between 30 and 39. If i get to 86 in 3 months I reach the top 10% so that is my aim, to get as close to that as possible.

On the subject I thought I’d open this up for a Poll.

My 2012 Health and Fitness Resolution