SweetTree Farming For All regularly delivers fun corporate volunteering days for organisations across London. Teams take part in practical, hands-on activities on one of our established projects, enabling them to learn new skills, strengthen relationships with colleagues as well as ‘give back’ to a not-for-profit organisation.
Recently, a small group of volunteers from media company MEC came up to help plant and landscape around our yurt. We love having MEC onsite – they always arrive ready to muck-in, and really do bring a ‘Can Do’ attitude to our projects.
In the spirit of Jude’s 12 Marathons in 12 Months project (to raise funds for SweetTree Farming For All), some of the MEC crew gave their top tips for running London.
- “Use your training time to listen to an audio book. I listened to Brave New World, which was a bit depressing to be honest …”
- “Strategically position your friends and family after 10 miles, not before. You’re going to need them later rather than sooner.”
- “If you’re flagging, put your hand out to the crowd. They’ll cheer you on, clap you, and give you sweets. But avoid the guy who gives out flapjacks. Flapjacks are a poor choice.”
- “Have your name big on the back of your t-shirt so the crowd can yell it out. Just don’t put your full name on it …”
- “Think about anti-chafing: Armpits, or nipple plasters for men – I’ve got some very unflattering photos of me at the very end with what look like nipple tassels …”
- “Forget about your morals – dirty tricks are the way forward. I used to send emails to the guys in my team with a subject that read ‘Pay Reviews’. Then it would include a link to my sponsorship page.”
- “Jelly Belly Sport Beans. That’s all you need to know.”
- “Enjoy it. After the birth of my son, the London Marathon was one of the best days of my life.”