I have taken part in several charity events in the last couple of years, this is a brief summary of the events I haven completed:

Trek Peru September 2006: completed in aid of Cancer Research UK (funds raised £4000)

This was my first charity event, a week long trek in Peru to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu.  Flying into Lima and then on to Cusco, we trekked to heights of up to 4500metres as we negotiated remote corners of the Peruvian Mountains.  The final day of trekking saw us joining the official Inca Trail, a tough day climbing above the Andean Mountains and into Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.

Trek Patagonia March/April 2007: completed in aid of Cancer Research UK (funds raised £4000)

My second event in South America, taking me to the southern tip of South America and then back north into the Andes.  The destination on this occasion was the Torres Del Paine.  The trip also includes time to get to know the amazing city of Santiago.

The 2007 ING New York City Marathon: completed in aid of Cancer Research UK (funds raised £TBC)

Looking to take on a new challenge, I registered for the best marathon in the world – New York City!!  My time may have left a lot to be desired, but I was chuffed to bits to cross the finish line.

The 2008 ING New York City Marathon: completed in aid of The Prostate Cancer Charity (funds raised £1310)

Despite swearing never to run a full marathon again, I once again signed up to visit New York as I caught the running bug.  I completed the race slightly faster than the previous year and was once again delighted to finish.

The 2009 Meadows Half Marathon (Edinburgh)

Fastest half marathon time for me so far (2.46) so quite chuffed.  Not the best course (i.e. round and round the Meadows) but got there in the end.

The 2009 Flora London Marathon  – completed in aid of TheCirculation Foundation (Funds Raised £500)

That’s right, I was lured in once again to run the full distance, this time in my old home city of London.  It was my slowest ever time over 26.2 but given the combination of heat, lack of toilets and policemen sending you the wrong way and adding to the distance, I’m not too worried.  The final ever Flora sponsored London Marathon, and probably my last ever London one as well.

The 2009 Great Scottish Run

Getting slower… Robin needs to train more.

The 2009 ING New York City Marathon (completed in aid of The Prostate Cancer Charity – Funds Raised TBC)

Toughest one yet over 26.2, but with good reason (see the blog entry) and out with a bang… three years, three medals and my last NYC event for some time.  The 40th anniversary of the event seemed a fitting time to finish running in The Big Apple for a while.