Monday, 14 April 2014

Amazing athletes

Yesterday saw 36,000 runners take to the streets of London for the 26 gruelling miles of the Marathon 2014. My son's girlfriend was running for the Anthony Nolan trust. It was a rather too sunny a day for the runners but London looked beautiful under blue skies.
My Hb, who is a keen runner, went up to watch and was astonished how many spectators there were. He found a spot where you could see the runners on their way in and then on their way out 11 miles later. The elite athletes came through first and he managed to snap a couple of shots with his phone of Mo Farrah.

He also got a shot of the front "pack" and the runner who went on to win, Wilson Kipsang of Kenya.

He managed to spot Charlotte at the 11 and 22 mile leg of the race but it was such a fleeting moment and there were so many runners that he did not have a chance to snap her.
I am so proud of Charlotte. She has spent months training for this gruelling race and has also raised over £800 pounds for the Anthony Nolan Trust. I would like to thank those of you who so generously helped to swell the amount that she has raised. If you would  like to donate, her JustGiving page is still open here

And here is a photo of her amazing medal....well done Charlotte and very well deserved.

Photo: Thank you all my lovely friends and famalam for the support today - a little disappointed I didn't get closer to my target time, but there's always next year.. just glad I finished, sunburn and all! :-)

I put the live coverage on my tablet in my studio and watched the race from there. It was a most beautiful day outside in the garden. Billy loved me being around.

 and as Charlotte ran I made her a card. My inspiration was London and the wonderful cheering crowds there. Here it is ;

I used a Penny Black stamp which I won many years ago and it is such a great image to use for her. I coloured it with my Promarkers and added some highlights with Prismacolor  pencils. I decided that I wanted a patriotic red,white and blue theme.  I used some papers which are very "London" and even feature a London bus. I want Charlotte to remember all those wonderful iconic London landmarks she ran past. I decided that rather than a congratulations sentiment that I would use a Lili of the Valley "amazing" sentiment. The date sentiment is Whismy. I also added a charm from my stash and hand cut some celebration bunting.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Totally Gorjuss charming
Stampin for the weekend favourite stamp
Crafty hands anything goes
Ribbon Girl lovely Lili anything goes my "amazing" sentiment stamp is LOTV
Rhedd and Rosie anything goes
The cupboard trilogy friendship
Whimsy stamps anything goes
Little Claire's Lots of layers

Already Charlotte is talking about "next year" so if she gets a place again come autumn you will find her out pounding the streets, in all weathers, getting her training in ;0) A remarkable and inspiring young woman. Everyone is very proud of her. And one thing she needs to remember for next year if it is as sunny..."Wear Sunscreen"..ooowch!!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. What a beautiful card you made for such an exceptional young woman! Thanks for sharing the images, it was fun to see. I'm happy for you to be having such wonderful weather!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Well done to Charlotte!! What an achievement, and for such a brilliant cause too.

    I am dabbling with the idea of the Couch 2 5K programme, sshhhh don't tell my kids they would collapse laughing!!

    Love the card too.


  3. Well done to Charlotte, indeed an amazing achievement !!
    What a wonderful patriotic card to help her celebrate too. :)
    V xxx

  4. What an eye popping card,its fabulous...a fantastic entry in to our challenge over at Rhedd & Rosies...x

  5. Well done to Charlotte, what an achievement! and what a lovely card you made her too! Your hb snapped some great pictures of the marathon. Your garden is looking lovely too, so colourful and sunny!
    Wishing you a happy week,Jane.
    Helen xox

  6. Good evening, Jane and well done Charlotte on her fabulous achievement! An amazing amount of money raised for such a deserving charity too!
    Love the pretty card you made for her - very patriotic! Pretty image, papers and fab handmade bunting! Hugs, Lisa x

  7. Congratulations Charlotte. Truly amazing and inspiring for all of us.
    Jane, the card is a great memento of a special day.

    Here's to more races and more sunny days ahead.

    Anne xxx
    PlumCreek Studio

  8. well done Charlotte - I did the marathon in london in 2001 - it was really tough and I've never done it again - lol!!!! I bet she adored her card - fabulous xx

  9. Hi sweet Jane, Charlotte is quite an amazing young lady to raise the money and to train for a 26 mile marathon. We have Boston's marathon on the 21st! And to think she is already excited for next year! Your hb got some great shots, so fun to see. Love the special card for Charlotte, a real celebration. Your studio and back yard look fabulous and inviting. Enjoy, xoRobin

  10. Congratulations to Charlotte, what a giver she is and what a fantastic thing she has done. I love your card for her, the red, white and blue colours and images are just perfect. See you soon xx

  11. Wowww,wow,wowwww congratulations to Charlotte,,,,, and waht a vibrant card,,,, Jane,,,, applauses plas plas plas,,,,,,,runn, run,, run

  12. fabulous make and thank you for sharing at Crafty Hands very good luck hun Judith DT x

  13. Hello Jane,

    Congratulation Charlotte, that was a great, great job well done! And that!

    I wish you and yours the most wonderful Easter-time, happy holidays and sunny days! Kisses to Daisy and Billy!


  14. Fabulous and striking card, very patriotic, thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xx

  15. Delightful post and pictures thank you for sharing this beautiful day with us Jane and well done to Charlotte indeed!
    Your card is beautiful and so festive!
    Greetings from Paris~

  16. what an achievement! and what a lovely garden you have too. Very lovely patriotic card!! Many thanks for joining the crafty hands challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  17. Stunning card love all your layers, colour combo and embellishments. Thank you for joining Little Claire in our latest blog challenge. XxGaynor LCDT

  18. What an amazing achievement - well Charlotte ! I'm sure she loved her card especially with all the fab patriotic colours x
    Thanks for playing along at SFTW & good luck x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

  19. What a lovely card, thank you so much for joining in with our challenge over at The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge Blog.

    Stella xx

    TCT DT


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