Update: Donations have now closed but thanks to everyone who donated. If you feel the need to donate then please contact me for further details and I will let you know how to do so! Money will still be shared between charities as described!
Before I start let me say how grateful I am to everyone who has donated so far and if you haven’t then I hope you will think about it after reading this. Money goes to a good cause as seen in the blog here. I have also recorded a short audioboo about the fundraising aspect of this challenge so far. That can be found here and will be followed up with another Blog which will outline the fundraising response to various mediums and promotion methods. The basic idea was to get as many people as possible to donate £3 (the cost of a beer) to me. Videos explaining everything here!
I signed up for toughguy expecting a tough physical challenge. Alongside that I got, pardon the cliché, a tough mental challenge. Registration the night before consisted of signing a “death warrent” – signing away all our rights and their liability. This was going to be fun!
The day started with me feeling good about the race. I felt rested and keen. Legs were fresh-ish and I was itching to get going. The atmosphere was electric and also quite. . .confused. Few people seemed to know exactly what was going on. If you’ve seen the tough guy website you might understand why!! The information is a mix of legend, lies and half truths. After asking around, having our race numbers written on our faces with permanent marker we were able to find our way to the start we were herded into the start pens for our starter class – Wetnecks. First timers. The more times you do Tough guy the further forward you get to start.
The excitement in the start pens was tangible. There was a rugby ball being booted around into the crowd, people rolling down hills in tractor tyres, rolling down steps and in our compound, having a final pee in the corner – adding a very …. interesting dimension to the overall “atmosphere”.
The start rolled up and we were off.
The full list of obstacles can be found here
The really hard thing was the constant wetness and cold. Every time you started to get a bit warmer you suddenly ended up jumping back into a pit of muddy, icy water – often up to your chest or fully submerging.
After about the first 2 obstacles of the Killing fields I’d lost feeling in my hands. My legs were already bleeding. and blessedly I didn’t even know what was going on with my feet.
I don’t want to bore you with war stories but one which might entertain you is the Torture Chamber. An underground crawling space with wooden blocks to slow you down and bare electric wires hooked up to a car battery to speed you up!! I took a shock to the face and ended up underwater in a ditch running through the middle. It took about 1/2 an hour for my face to stop twitching!
So overall there was a number of moments when I was pretty downtrodden. A few twinges in my achilles made me hobble a few times but these were passing annoyances in the seemingly endless number of obstacles.
The camaraderie was immense at all points of the race. Everyone knuckling down and helping someone who slipped, shouting encouragement to each other in the water or in the dark tight fitting tunnels. I remember an enduring battle of being overtaken by and then re-overtaking a chap dressed as “Wheres Wally”. He looked less ticked off at the course than the people constantly shouting “Where’s your walking stick”!
Overall a fantastic experience. Mentally it was about keeping moving, never stopping and not going around any of the obsticles. I completed every single jump, climb, crawl and shock there was AND I didnt die.
It took 2 hours 13 minutes coming in somewhere just above 600th place. There were a good 1500 people who started before us so I think I did fairly well to overtake many of them in such a short course.
For those of you who read the last blog – I didn’t cry and I got my ass kicked by my friend Helen Mort who completed it in 2 hours 3 minutes. In my defence she is an experienced fell runner! Plus I think I look the most relaxed afterwards!
I have shredded shins elbows and hips. My shoulders were sore for a week and the histamine released by my body because of the cold made me itchy for about 3 days. In short – I loved the entire experience and am certainly going to do it again next year but next time with more training!
We’ve raised just over £500 so far and I’m keen to push this further so with just one day left until the end of fund-raising please donate just £3 to some really worthy charities HERE.
Will you buy me a beer for charity?
Want to know why? Interested in Micro-donations? Read on!
**UPDATE** You can see me on The Guardian website here: http://t.co/OYJ9dSm
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. Please tell your friends and ask them to help me out!
This weekend I am doing the Tough Guy challenge and I’m going to raise some money for Charity. Hopefully £1000+ in 5 days. I’d really like you to help! Please read on or your can donate straight away here!
It’s billed as the safest most dangerous thing you can do in the UK. It’s a tough cross-country run then a very hardcore assault course. All at the end of January! More info here (Wikipedia) and here (official website) and below
All I’m asking is that as many people as possible make a minimum donation of the cost of a beer/wine/large soft drink. Specifically the cost of these in Edinburgh, lets call it £3.
Half goes to the Tough Guy charity’s H.A.W.K and half will go towards the charity I work for called Challenges Worldwide. This is specifically to fund improvements and some UI issues to our website. In turn this will help up focus our efforts on building economically, environmentally and socially sustainable business in developing countries. Any extra money will be put into a grant fund to support our volunteers fund raising efforts.
I am really keen to promote this sort of micro-donation as a great way to donate money to local charities. A small amount each week to different people can make a huge difference.
If everyone I know donated the price of a beer then were going to raise a heck of a lot for charity in a relatively short time!
Accounting for crossover and bots that’s still probably over 1000 people! At £3 each there could be a real impact here!
You can hear about the experience afterwards in this blog where I will tell you everything. This will include telling you if (when) I cried in fear of crawling underground and how many girls beat me. I’ll also discuss micro-donation and the feedback I received.
So, please donate the cost of a beer (£3) for some really worthwhile causes. Of course if you would like to donate more, then the charities will gladly accept it!
My own beer ration for the next two weeks has already gone straight into this fund. So please please give me the cost of a beer for charity! Lets make this amazing for the charities involved.
For those of you who don’t know Tough guy there is some barely decipherable but undeniably genius information here : http://www.toughguy.co.uk
For a slightly easier to understand version : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tough_guy
So – again. All I’m asking is a minimum donation of the cost of a beer. Specifically the cost of a beer in Edinburgh. Lets call it £3.
The Fund raising site is Tough guy’s own, non flashy and simple to use service. It’s the easiest way to do fund raising to meet their code of conduct.
Thank you in advance.
After a fantastic four months with the company I am sad to announce I am to leave my position at Sodash.
Despite loving working with Dan and Joe, I have been offered a place working with a company which I could not turn down. I will continue to work with Sodash and help them out whenever possible because I really believe it has huge applications in social media monitoring and engagement. Certainly I will miss using it daily!
As of next Monday I shall be starting a new job with an Edinburgh based company. I’ll post when I move but I want to get settled first! I’m very excited and am looking forward to applying what I’ve learnt in this time to the new job.
Although I shall not be abandoning twitter and I shall still attend #EdCM when I can; I’d like to thank everyone from #EdCM that I’ve talked to over the last few months for all I’ve learnt about social media. Also everyone I follow on twitter for the links and banter.
I’d like to also thank Dan Winterstein and Joe Halliwell. They gave me a lot of freedom with this role and welcomed me into the company. I’ve learnt a huge amount and will miss working in an office with them.
The move from Sodash is very amicable. In fact Dan can be quoted as saying
“We are delighted to see the back of that son of a scurvy dog.”
Followed by a more heartfelt;
“It has been a pleasure to work with Alex. He did a great job at Sodash; built good client relationships and really helped shape our marketing. We wish him all the best, and I hope we’ll continue to work with him on occasion.”
Now I’ve just got to hope they don’t miss all the pens and post it notes I’ve stolen…..
For contacting Sodash use : email@example.com or there will still be a response from Alex@Sodash.com
@Idle_Bull recently Tweeted:
“My tweet/follower ratio is pretty much 10:1 surely this is significant and I can make up some fancy guru type explanation for it? 🙂 ” sent by Geoff 22 minutes ago
“@idle_bull you are 10 times louder than you are popular? pfft……”
But then decided he should have a social media educational graph for this.
So here ya go!
@Idle_bull would like to point out, for his vanity, that his ratio is now more like 348:3510 (followers:tweets)
I thought I’d do my part to bring a little joy to those of us who are in Edinburgh for the festival by introducing a little competition With REAL prizes for the best tweets or photos. These include
1st Prize – Bottle Wine
2nd Prize – £4 pick ‘n’ mix (you can select up to 6 different sweet types but make sure you pick light ones!)
3rd Prize – A copy of the guardian
All you have to do is look at the Bingo sheet below. take note of what we’re looking for and take photos around the fringe. This might be any of the phrases you see on a poster or flyer, maybe its something you see on the royal mile. Take a snap of it and tweet it with the special #edtwingo #tag.
I’ll collect them all together and Retweet the best. This isn’t about volume although there is a special bonus prize for anyone completing the entire set!
Now I’m sure you agree that prizes of this calibre are going to ensure a pretty high level of competition so make sure you try your hardest and get tweeting some photos!!
I am expecting many people to beat me to it! But here we go!
“husband & father first. Work stuff – Internet marketing, SEO, PPC” Twitter’er @fraseredwards tweeted:
“Two bottles of wine waiting for a blogger that might want to write about them… First come first served!”
I thought what an excellent example of a social media promotional deal that is guarenteed to get people talking about you!
Plus wine- what can I say! Its a brilliant prize because its easy to post, so long as its in a bottle and not in a glass, and most people like it. Even if they don’t like it they can give it away as a prize of their own!
Or maybe give it to the family pet.*
*This blog in no way condones alcoholic pets.
Update : I won!!! Party at Sodash towers?