Great North (Dinosaur) Run

Great North Run

Andy Sharpe (pictured) is running this year’s Great North Run in his dinosaur outfit. Please give him all the support you can.

sees thousands of runners take on the half marathon challenge every year. Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne, the 13.1 mile course is lined with supporters all the way from the iconic Tyne Bridge, right out towards the coast in South Shields.

We’ve no idea how long Andy will take inside his humongous dinosaur outfit and we hope he’s not extinct before the end.  But for sure he’ll raise so many donations he’ll put a smile on  many children’s faces – Good Luck Andy

There’s only 20 days until the dinosaur participates in the 2017 Great North Run on behalf of Tanyel’s Smile. After surpassing the £25,000 fundraising mark for Clic Sargent (including Gift Aid), Andy has now switched all of his fundraising commitments to supporting Tanyel’s Smile.  As Andy said, “It’s been an incredible honour getting to know Tanyel’s parents during the past year, who sadly lost their beautiful daughter to Cancer in 2016. One of Tanyel’s final wishes was for a charity to be set up to help children and their families in Northern Cyprus through the trauma of Cancer.  I’m delighted to be able to help”.

If you’d like to offer your support to Andy, you can sponsor him here.

Marathon World Record

Scooby Doo Fancy Dress Team

Earlier this year Cey, Tanyel’s father, was part of a World Record breaking marathon team, which raised £100,000 for young children with Cancer.

Guinness World Records partnered with the Virgin Money London Marathon (VMLM) for the tenth consecutive year to provide costumed fun runners with on-the-spot world record verification when they crossed the finish line during the event on Sunday 23th April (see Virgin Marathon World Records).

Cey’s Scooby Doo team comprised five runners in the Mystery Machine and set the world record for the fastest marathon in a five-person costume. Cey, pictured, wore the long Scooby Doo ears – very fetching. Worryingly he’s still wearing them for work.

A fantastic effort by all.

Thanks to Quintin Kynaston 

A very big thank you to the parents at Quintin Kynaston Academy for the £500 pounds they raised for Tanyel’s Smile.

Quintin Kynaston is a secondary school in St John’s Wood.  Tanyel’s dad, Ceyhun, works with the Academy providing support, insight and advice in his capacity as a Metropolitan Police Officer.

Thank you to everyone who helped.  We are extremely grateful for your support.

Tri Done – Cey Exhausted

Andrew and Cey

After many hours of gruelling training and 4 hours of hell on London’s roads, I’ve now completed my first Olympic-length triathlon.  My finishing time was an honourable 4:21 and I now look forward to reducing that next time around.

As I suspected, the swim leg was the most challenging and I was relieved to finish.  I got considerably wetter than I expected despite the fine weather.  I guess that’s the downside of swimming.  Luckily the cycling gave me plenty of time to dry.

Thank you to Andrew Sharpe (pictured) for joining me today, to everyone who came along to support me and to those who generously made donations to the charity.  I couldn’t do it without you and it’s great to be able to help children through their difficult times.

Thanks, Cey

London Triathlon

After successfully completing a number of marathons I thought it was time to face a new challenge, and on Sunday 23rd July I’ll be entering my first Triathlon.

Not believing in half-measures, I’ve entered the full Olympic event: 1km swim, 40km cycle, 10km run. Unsurprisingly my running training has been going reasonably well, as has the cycling; I am however not looking forward to the swimming – unfortunately I swim like a fish – one that’s been battered and served with chips.

Due to unforeseen delays,  the JustGiving site for Tanyel’s Smile is not ready just yet but please watch this space, if you’d like to make a small donation we should be with you soon.

Thank you, Cey