Our crazy #teamhonkrelay day for Sport Relief 2014

Team Honk 2014 blogger Relay

Bit late writing this post up! Wanted to get it up last Monday but didn’t get round to it as I was ill and wanted to link it up with my favourite Monday linky’s so here it is today instead 🙂

My initial post can be found here where I have written more specifically about how the relay worked and the idea behind it

The Hemal Hempstead / St.Albans lot (us) had our day to shine as part of the amazing, fabulous, super duper Team Honk Relay team on Tuesday 4th February (almost two weeks ago).

And what a fun filled morning it turned out to be, but not without it’s hiccups!

Myself and three other ladies, Afra from Mad Mum of 7, Mary from My Model Mummy and Claire from Laid Back Mum of 4 decided we were going to cycle from Hemel Hempstead to St. Albans. When I say cycle, I mean cycle, drive and trolley dash! Cycling alone would’ve covered about 6 miles…. a fair stretch for an unfit bunch! We would’ve done it but another blogger had to pull out due to work commitments on the day so our connection from bikes to car was lost and due to a few ailments the decision was taken out of our hands! We decided to get there any which way we could!!!!

We arranged to meet at Radio Dacorum’s offices where Mary and Afra are presenters so we could go live on air to shout about what we would be getting up to that day, and to drum up some support and donations!

We dressed up in pyjamas for the relay! From left to right: Afra, Claire, Me and Mary!!  Don't we look gorg!

We dressed up in pyjamas for the relay, just to make it funny! From left to right: Afra, Claire, Me and Mary!! Don’t we look gorg!

My lovely Sport Relief T-Shirt... so members of the public didn't think we were random nutters - we were dressed like this for a reason!

My lovely Sport Relief T-Shirt… so members of the public didn’t think we were random nutters – we were dressed like this for a reason!

Another member of our little team was Paul from I’m Well Confused who was brilliant at organising us and our route, he was also going to be amazing and cycle the WHOLE way… over 10 miles.

The amazing Paul who cycled over 10 miles

Paul at Dacorums office, just about to set off dressed as Charlie Brown!!

We cycled, drove and trolley dashed what seemed like forever to hand the baton over to the Mayor of St.Albans at a local school, where some of the children had waited patiently to make a baton swapping train down to the rest of the St.Albans bloggers!

sport relief

Us four climbing the last slope to get to the school…. worn out but check out that big grin on Mary’s face!

It's Me!! Handing the baton over the St.Albans Mayor! I was knackered and so glad to see her :)

It’s Me!! Handing the baton over the St.Albans Mayor! I was knackered and so glad to see her 🙂

Here she is with the Baton heading off to meet the other St.Albans bloggers who scooted, ran and caught the train to hand the baton over to the London leg! The Mayor was pretty amazing I have to say

We had the best laugh, honestly, on our journey….

Team Honk

Afra in a trolley lol

Pulling another trolley with  some of our supplies...

Pulling another trolley with some of our supplies…

I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed ourselves, we giggled non stop… it was a great experience, a chance to get together and really make a difference by raising lots of money for Comic Relief.

On the day, we raised over £800. The team target for the whole of the UK relay was £20000 and so far, collectively, we are at £18750, with a fair few teams to go so hopefully we will not only meet but smash that target.

You can still donate….

http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/stalbansteamhonk

You can also donate via your mobile phone, simply text: Text HONK to 70005 and donate £5 to Sport Relief .

We thank you in advance.

Some of the other St.Albans gang, including Actually Mummy in a Buzz Lightyear outfit!

Some of the other St.Albans gang, including Actually Mummy in a Buzz Lightyear outfit!

When it was all over we treated ourselves to this slap up meal…

sport relief picnic

This went down well I can tell you!

Why not check out this cool video made by the lovely people at Radio Dacorum 🙂

 

                                

 

 

 

 

I am part of the #TeamHonkRelay – Sport Relief 2014

Yikes!! I have agreed to be part of the Team Honk Relay Team this year to raise money for Sport Relief 2014.

Team Honk 2014 blogger Relay

It’s a tough call from me to be honest because even though I’ve made a pledge to get fit this year (and I will), I haven’t really got into any form of fitness regime as of yet (I know, I know) and I’ve agreed to cycle 6-7 miles lol.

Yes folks, 6-7 MILES on a bike……I don’t even own a bike!

Oh, and I’ve never ridden a bike on the road before either… not looking good is it?!

But hey, that’s all part of the fun. I AM looking forward to it, I’m majorly excited. Need to get some practice in but with only two weeks left to go I’m a little concerned as I don’t know the route and I’m worried I’ll be too knackered to finish!

My friend has agreed to lend me her bike for the occasion, there are a few us doing the cycle ride and we’ve arranged to wear pyjamas or some other daft clothes for the ride so if you’re in the area on 4th February, please do cheer us on!

So what is it all about?

Well, firstly it’s all in aid of Comic Relief.

#teamhonk was the brainchild of bloggers Tanya and Annie when they first became involved with Comic Relief in 2012, visitng Ghana with them, along with third blogger Penny, to help live blog and tweet the charity’s 25th birthday celebrations. It generated over 250 blog posts and was hailed as a huge success.

Team Honk have also organised a Mount Snowden climb with a 20 strong blogger team and lots of other local events.

They were approached to organise something for this year which resulted in the 2014 Team Honk Lands End to John O’Groats person to person relay. With more than 200 bloggers and 3000 miles to cover in 30 regional teams, this is not going to be an easy feat!

The 2014 TeamHonk Relay map

The 2014 TeamHonk Relay map

As you can see, the relay is taking in pretty much every part of the UK. I, myself will be joining the St. Albans team who will be scooting, running, walking and cycling before jumping on a train for the handing over of the baton to the London team.

We want to raise as much money as we can as a team so please, please sponsor us by clicking on the following link and pledging any amount you like (every little helps)…..

http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/stalbansteamhonk

You can also donate via your mobile phone, simply text: Text HONK to 70005 and donate £5 to Sport Relief .

We thank you in advance.

General Info:

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.

The Team Honk Blogger Relay starts in Lands End on the 12th January 2014 and finishes in John O Groats on the 23rd March 2014.

We aim to raise over £20,000 for Sport Relief.

If you want to get involved through Digital Media please use the following:

Team Honk Twitter & Hashtags: @team_honk #teamhonkrelay

Sport Relief Twitter & Hashtags: @sportrelief #SR14

TeamHonk facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teamhonk

As the relay is already underway, with a few teams having already been fabulous and done their bit, you can have a nosey at some of the great photo’s chronicling TeamHonk’s efforts so far on the pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/LoveAllBlogs/teamhonk-2014-relay-teamhonkrelay/

WISH ME LUCK!!

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