A Run For Camp Cando – Update

Steve Hodges completes the Lincoln 10K Road Race – call that a race?

Steve Hodges running for Camp Cando
At the beginning of March I announced that our MD Steve Hodges would be running the Lincoln 10K Road Race for Camp Cando. The race was held on Sunday and Steve completed the course with no incidents and no injuries other than his pride. In the generous spirit of the occasion, our hero – the devilishly good looking and irrepressible (and not to forget, modest) Mr Hodges kindly took on an additional 7 kilograms on his waistline over the past year to enable him to donate six minutes and 41 seconds back to the course to give the other runners in the race a chance. He completed the race in 60 minutes 23 seconds (53 minutes 42 seconds in 2013). In his defence, we have been working Steve very hard at Astro and I am amazed he actually had the time to show up at the race – to the point where I have been studying the official photos diligently for signs of a ‘ringer’.

“…this year our hero Tubs Hodges was chasing the tails …(of) an elderly Del Boy and Rodney masquerading as Batman and Robin”

Incidentally, last month I reported that although Steve survived the course in 2013, he did come in behind a chap in a deep sea diving suit. True to form, this year our hero Tubs Hodges was chasing the tails (or should I say capes) of Batman and Robin. No, I’m sorry, I almost misinformed you there… they were in fact elderly Del Boy and Rodney wannabes masquerading as Batman and Robin!

“…“call that a race?” was his [our resident mini Ninja’s] first reaction … this was only a 10k race, not a real marathon – or even a half marathon”

Adam our resident mini Ninja WarriorSteve may now want to eat his words having referred to the race as a ‘gentle jog around this cathedral city will be a slightly accelerated walk in the park’. Our resident Ninja, Adam was less than impressed “call that a race?” was his first reaction. Adam would also like to go on record to say that this was only a 10k race, not a real marathon – not even a half marathon, so what’s all the fuss about? With the race over, Mr Hodges updated us all while soaking in his bath with celebratory Guinness in hand. Ironically, Steve successfully ran his bath in the time expected of him – although this year I must point out that less water was required due to the afore mentioned 7Kg. Demonstrating that we are an ‘in tune’ organisation, one of our project managers replied to Steve within minutes while soaking in his bath. Our laid back PM also had a Guinness in hand but rather than wearing himself out running around with a few of his new found mates, as you would expect our project manager took the most efficient route and took straight to his bath to enjoy his Guinness pain free.

“…it is people like you that are the heroes to these kids. Amazing job”

On a serious note, we are all very appreciative that Steve went to such great effort to raise money for such a fantastic cause. We are delighted to say that Steve raised well over £1000 for Camp Cando. The organisers at Camp Cando are delighted with the result and will make excellent use of the funds raised. Steve Smith MBE of Camp Cando said “Awesome! Steve, it is people like you that are the heroes to these kids. Amazing job.” Camp Cando do a fantastic job and in our opinion it is a very worthy cause.

“…A team from Camp Cando are completing a trek along the length of Hadrian’s Wall at Easter”

Camp Cando logoThe fund raising doesn’t stop here. A team from Camp Cando are completing a trek along the length of Hadrian’s Wall at Easter – that’s 88 miles coast to coast, almost the equivalent of walking four marathons over four days. Camp Cando have set up fundraising pages on the Virgin Money Giving website. To keep Camp Cando going they need as much support as possible so please follow one of the links if you are able to make a donation:

One last point, Mr Hodges would like me to point out that his waistline hasn’t actually expanded. Apparently it is an optical illusion caused by the fish eye lenses the photographers were using on route?

Our runner with his medal