kris king has just run around the country, not like some commission driven salesman, but literally around the country, running and cycling 2514 miles, in a bid to raise awareness and fundraise for huntington's disease, and in memory of dr philip stavish who kris lived with from the age of 14, and who influenced his life greatly, but sadly passed away in april this year.
in june this year kris completed this amazing journey by running and cycling for 34 days with no rest days, and doing 12 marathons, and 22 x 100 mile cycles, a pretty flipping amazing physical feat, and his commitment to lifting the public's awareness of huntington's disease was fantastic.
through a mutual connection on facebook kris and i connected, and became aware of each others projects.
fast forward to this week, and we met in kris's hometown of sheffield, where it became apparent that our personal situations had quite a few similarities, both losing someone really close to us, a challenging childhood, and now in possession of a pretty determined mindset.
over a vegan mexican burrito in kris's mate's store, 'nourish', we gassed about our lives, and regularly did that 'and me' thing, until it became clear, what we probably knew before our meeting, which was that we should 'do some stuff' together.
so kris king, he's on team moose, and is going to be helping in a variety of ways to build bigmoose, and has brought some of his loyal followers over to join us already, which is fantastic, so welcome kris and your crew, i hope this is the start of something jawdroppingly awesome! (see pic below)
as well as meeting up with kris this week, i have also been treated by a friend to an audi track day, which consisted of driving very fast around silverstone race track in very fast audi cars, and whilst this has nothing to do with bigmoose, as someone who's not a petrol head, driving an audi r8 with a top speed of 197mph was massively exhilerating, and i would like to say publicly if any car manufacturers need test drivers for any fast cars i may very well be free to help you guys out!
now if you are reading this on friday 25th wish me luck as i am cycling with the guys from cotswold in cardiff, as well as team moose members peter pedro and doogie, from the cardiff cotswold store to their carmarthen store to support them in their effort to take a baton with a gps chip in it around every store in the country, and raise money along the way for their company charity 'wings for life', and they have a pretty cool website where you can watch our progress live here.
here is a map of where the funky chip filled baton is gonna be going.
so that is friday, and all being well i make it back for saturday, when my head guide from manaslu in the himalayas, bruce hasler and his partner jen, and their recently born son zac are coming to stay with us, and as i type this bruce has just text me saying that he and baby zac have just summited snowdon, so at this rate he will have done the three peaks before his first birthday cake!
once bruce and his crew land at base camp with us, we are then going to go to the beacons on sunday to climb pen y fan with a group of folk that are paying a tenner each to walk in a group raising money for the ty gwyn special school. (kids don't pay)
the school is in cardiff and team moose member sean ward's two children go to it, so if anybody reading this wants to come, we're meeting at 10am sunday at the roman road, everyone is welcome, so please come and say hello. please note this does count as an official #monthlymoose i checked with the official adjudicator!
so that's sunday sorted.
now with kris's help we have increased our social media connection massively, so if this is the first blog you have read, and you like this kind of stuff, i would love you to scroll down to the bit at the bottom, and subscribe, which will allow us to send you the weekly blog, so you can read it at your leisure, and i pinky swear we'll never give anyone your details, i promise.
now, finally, i'd like to do a scientific experiment, do you fancy helping me out?
this week a friend of mine glenn meier, who was an ice hockey referee who officiated games i played in back before the internet contacted me. he now resides acrass da pand and kindly sent me a picture which i really liked, and i thought if everyone who reads this blog could try it, and tell people about it, family, friends at work, anybody you know really, and then carry it out as per the instruction, and then let me know how you get on, it could be interesting, what do you think?
so in conclusion, welcome to kris king, fast cars rock, here i come carmarthen, bruce will be in da hood, pen-y-fan sunday 10am come along, and quitcha bellyaching for 24!
have a flipping brilliant week, and keep doing those monthly mooses, and share them on social media with the #monthlymoose to tell the world.