Not running the Bath Half Marathon (and raising money for Bath City Farm)

To anyone who knows me this will not be news.  I haven’t run for over a year now, and all my good intentions have so far come to naught.  It’s many years since I last ran a half marathon, and the last time I did the Bath Half only taught me that the really brave and honest thing to have done would have been to drop out part way through (not struggle on to the end as I did).

2020 is going to be a BIG year for Bath City Farm – we will be 25 years old.  We have also just heard that we have been awarded a considerable amount of money towards building the cafe we’ve dreamed of for all of those 25 years.  We have 25* half marathon runners each committed to raising £250 (see what we did there?).

I really wanted to be one of those 25 people, but I’m realistic enough to know that it wouldn’t have worked.

Then I got to thinking.  Why only runners?  why not have 25 people signed up to raising £250 in ways that work for them?  I could do that.

So.  I am hereby committed to raising at least £250 by Not Running the Bath Half.  More would be even better.  I’ve got a plan, and I’m hoping you might feel able to help.

I’ve been thinking about what I CAN do, and whether there are ways of making those things bring in money.  Things I have done before are:

  • knitting and crocheting items for sale for the Farm.  I can definitely do more of that!  and in the past that has raised about £150 per year.  I’ve made a start – I knitted two baby jackets for friends of oldest son and his partner, and they made a donation in return.  I’m busy knitting some more and some other items, and I will also happily take commissions for these, for cotton dishcloths, and for crocheted blankets in return for appropriate donations to the fund
  • host a tea party / coffee morning at home.  I’m thinking maybe a tea party in the garden or on my allotment, next summer
  • I can swim – maybe I’ll do a sponsored swim?  (though to be honest the thought of eating cake is more appealing that the thought of asking people to pay me to swim – which probably explains some other things)

I’m also inviting people who enjoy reading this blog to consider making a small donation to my appeal (only those who can afford it of course – I’m well aware that many can’t).  The optimist in me thinks (hopes!) that there may be a few people out there who enjoy the blog enough to pop the price of a cup of coffee in the pot.  If you’re tempted, there’s now a button on the right-hand side of this page that will take you through to my LocalGiving page (and if you are a UK tax payer and tick the box, that will automatically increase your donation by an extra 20%.  Which would be cool).

All donations (less a very small admin fee charged by Localgiving) go immediately to Bath City Farm’s account.

I’ve already made a good start – so far I have raised £80 towards my target.

Summer view from the farm terrace

2019 new cafe garden (growing produce for use in our cafe kiosk next door)

The other part of my plan is to try to find 24 other people willing to take on the challenge.  I figure that if we can recruit more than 25 people to run a half marathon for us, it should be possible to recruit a few to not run a half marathon.  There are so many able and talented people around (basically, everyone).

Whatever the rest of the world chucks at us, 2020 is going to be an exciting and a busy year around here.

Here’s one I made earlier

Some of the cotton dishcloths I’m selling

A cot blanket

And here’s another one (before sewing up and finishing). She looked very sweet in this….

*I hear the number of runners has now risen to over 30!

About deborah @ the magic jug

Now I've passed 60 I'm still doing all sorts of things I haven't done before, as well as carrying on with the things I already love. I live a happy life with my long term love Malcolm. In my blog I explore local and low tech ideas, food, growing, making, reading, thinking, walking, and lots of other words ending in 'ing'.
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