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THANK YOU ALL ROUND

1 : With the Tour de France rapidly approaching, I am delighted that the 2 annual Tours that I organise are over and both seemed to be successful in the eyes of those who took part....The Tour of the Derwent Valley in Derbyshire over the Spring Bank Holiday and then the Tour of Epsom & Ewell just last week, on 5 to 9 June 2017.

After my 3 week trip to India deom 13 June to 2 July, I am looking forward to my annual trip to my wife's country cottage south of Prague where I laze under the cherry tress but also avidly watch the greatest bike event on German satellite (the visuals are more important that the commentary!!)

 

2 : My life has been made so wonderful through people I have met in many walks of life and especially through the sports with which I have been associated and also through 24 years of visiting India.

My running events would not be possible without :

the participants of all abilities who are always most welcome

the officials and marshals who, for over 60 years of organising races, have helped out in so many ways and so selflessly

the various venues that have been used and also, when required, the sponsors and donors.

THANK YOU so very much

Runners may not realise that by entering my events, part and sometimes all of your entry fee goes to supporting work that we have been undertaking in southern India for many years. Many of you have made additional one-off or regular donations to ensure that families with problems have been helped to overcome them. Please keep on entering my events, if only to help continue this valuable work.

The 3rd house that we have built is almost complete except for the cesspit (!!!) - for a woman and her 2 children whose former home was burnt to the ground and who subsequeently was sexually abused. In additon, a very small junior school has recently had installed 4 items of playground equipment and the children and staff have been so excited by the sings, slide, see-saw and roundabout and, as a result of your hesty responce to an urgent appeal, a young boy has received hearing aids and having speech lessons with a 'new life' ahead of him.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH

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