I’ve met a lot of incredible people this week, each of whom have achieved amazing things. Once again I hosted the Keith Fletcher Awards for incredible Access students from across the country. Each of their stories is an amazing reminder of how education transforms lives. For the first time in the 7 years I’ve been doing it we had a winner from a Scunthorpe College: Layla Graham a former CAVA Access to HE Diploma (Science) student at John Leggott College. In my visits to John Leggott and North Lindsey I learnt more about the successes and future plans of both our amazing colleges.
Scunthorpe Rotary hosted their third Disability Games at the Pods. Another fantastic festival of achievement with smiling faces from contestants and volunteers alike.
In a catch up meeting with 2 Sisters I heard about the success of their amazing £50 million investment in their Scunthorpe factory, allowing them to increase their output to 2.4 million chickens a week. An astonishing figure!
I was delighted to join Ali Stunt pancreatic cancer survivor, founder and Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer Action to celebrate her 10 year survival milestone in an event at the Cutty Sark. It was good to see Scunthorpe’s amazing pancreatic cancer campaigner Maggie Watts at this event.
So all the people I’ve met this week have achieved milestones of one sort or another. This has made me begin to focus more closely on my self-inflicted challenge of running the London Marathon on St George’s Day. April 23rd is now racing towards me faster than I can race round the Scunthorpe Park Run! In preparation I visited the Virgin Marathon store this week to learn more about how best to prepare for the event. Over Saturday and Sunday I ran 12 and 16 miles respectively earning for my troubles a nasty blister and an aching ankle. Apparently now three weeks out you have to ‘taper’ your training – that means running less each day I think. The hairdresser who cut my hair this week casually mentioned that she is part way through running 12 marathons in 12 months. Not only amazing but awesome! So I really ought to be able to achieve what now seems a very modest ambition.
Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me to keep the pressure on! If you haven’t and would like to support Lindsey Lodge, Scunthorpe Foodbank and the pancreatic cancer charities you can go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NicDakinMP