Mar 20

BBC Berkshire pre-race interview with Andrew Peach

Relaxed and ready to chat!

Relaxed and ready to chat!

Mar 19

Reading Half Marathon 2015

This Sunday I will be running in my 13th Reading Half Marathon. I cant wait to race!
Nothing beats heading down the ramp into the Madejski Stadium after 13 miles to the sound of roars and cheers from the Reading crowds!

Reading is my home town I use it to test my 4 legs in the run up to my 19th London Marathon on 26th April.

Target time?

I’ll aim to finish around 2hr5 – 15min. This depends on the weather, Camels are used to warmer climates so rain makes things very interesting (water soaks into my fur, not like water off a ducks back)

Humphreys little Helpers?

    * my Sheikh (“Sheikh-a-leg”) will be running with us to keep us on track. He warns other runners that I am on my way to the front, and helps me take on water at the water holes!
    * “Belle” my (bearded) belly dancer will look pretty and help where she can
    * Abu the cheeky monkey will catch a ride on my rear hump. He takes photos along the way (and shouts words of encouragement!)

Running for Water?
Humphrey runs to raise money an awareness for WaterAid. Its quite fitting that Sundays is on World Water Day.
This year I am raising money for water and sanitation projects in Bangladesh.
Here is a link to my sponsorship page. Every donation is valued and makes a big impact to peoples lives. Thanks you for your support. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/camelhumphrey

Kind Camel Regards
Humphrey

Run Humphrey Run!

Mar 01

Goring 10k – 2015

Finished the Goring 10k in 58:50. Was a lovely sunny day, bit of a chill in the air and a cross wind, but tucked my ears back and pressed on. “Sheikh-a-leg” was very happy with my performance. I had Abu the Monkey along for the ride, to spur me on and to take a few snaps for my fans!

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Feb 14

The lure of running a race…

The lure of running a race superceeds whether its a fair contest or not, or whether you are likely to win the race.
Go on, tuck your ears back and run like wild horses! Lets race…

my upcoming races:

    Goring 10k – 1st March 2015
    Reading Half Marathon – 22nd March 2015
    London Marathon – 26th April 2015

“Be the beast you can be” – Humphrey

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Jun 11

Dragon Boat Racing 2013 – Humphreys Furry Friends

Humphreys' Furry Friends

On Saturday the 8th January, my team “Humphreys Furry Friends” competed in the Pangbourne Rotary Charity Dragon Boat Challenge 2013. The Rotary club organise the event anually and raise money for charity. This years chosen charities were the The Alzheimer’s Society and Duchess of Kent House Trust.

I was set the challenge of recruiting a new team to compete alongside the regular supporters (mmm I was kinda nudged out my boat).
Well what a team I managed to select. I was tempted to pull a couple of Olympians but resisted and instead found a team of commited and enthusiastic novices willing to give their all out on the water.

The day was setup perfectly with clear blue skies and plenty of heat. With bundles of nervous energy we headed onto the Thames for our races.
Here is how we got on (view is from my Camel Cam)…

Race 1 vs Thatcham Rugby Club – excellent start and managed to hold off against a late surge from the Rugby club. very close race wining time of 1 min 31sec

Race2 vs Foster Wheeler – frenetic start but gathered rhythm and finished clear in 1min 35sec

Semi Final vs Field Seymore Parkes – got into a good rhythm from the start and pulled well clear – 1min 34sec

Major Final vs The Presedents Men – Gave everything we had out on the river, very close all the way to the line, 1min30sec (pipped at the post by 0.5 of a second!)

Wow what a day. I was so chuffed with my team managing to click together so quickly. Timing and power coming together to drive the dragon boat forward, it was a thing of beauty to watch!

I am so looking forward to next years racing already!

Thanks go out to my team for giving their all, the Henley Dragon Boat club for providing the boats and guiding us through the day and the Pangbourne Rotary Club for organising such a fantastic event.

Big Camel Hugs
Humphrey

ps do drop me a line if you would like to enter a team into next years race and lets really get behind the Pangbourne Rotary Club.

Apr 22

London Marathon 2013

Headline: I finished my 17th London Marathon in a time of 4hrs48min!

After a 5am start, muesli and chaufered drive (for top althetes) into London, I made my way the Greenwich and the Red start. Before I could stretch and warm up the paparazzi were gathering round and everyone wanted my picture and a quick interview. A young gent from Sky News came bounding over to me and asked me for a few of my thoughts on the big day that lay ahead ahead.

Sky news Interview

I headed over to my starting “pen 9” (hey aren’t they for sheep), only to find I was right at the back of the field. There were no Kenyans in sight, oh well I was in good company with a feathered friends and plenty of nervous two legged beings. We started shuffling forward toward the start line and we were off…

I met the impressive marching paratroopers a shark, tiger, elvis and so many friendly faces long the way. The crowd cheered me all the way round. I started to feel fatigue at 18miles but managed to push through. I wanted to get under 5hrs and when I spotted the Houses of Parliment in the distance I knew I only had two miles to go. I dug deeper and looked in the eyes of the crowd shouting my name and spurring my on. I finished in 4hrs48min and met a smiling Ed Balls at the finish line (I passed him last year so I think he was satisfied with his race).

Together we have raised £2517 so far for WaterAid Banagladesh (am really pleased). If you would like to add your support you can do so online at my Virgin Money Giving page

Thank you so much for your support for WaterAid. It really does mean a great deal.

Big Camel Hugs
Humphrey
(Geoff, Martin and Ant)

More Photos on race day:
>Flickr – London Marathon 2013
>Facebook Photos of the Day

Apr 23

London Marathon 2012

I finished my 16th London Marathon for WaterAid in 4hrs59min. Was a super day…
I’ll try write a full race report once my feet have recovered!

Thanks for all the support and well wishes.
We are up to £3815 and would love to hit the £4000 mark.

If you would like to contribute to a very worthy cause please donate online http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/camelhumphrey2013 (UPDATE: now pointing to my 2013 sponsorship page)

Half Way, 13miles done
London Marathon 2012 Camel

Birdcage Walk, 600m to go

Apr 18

Street Collection in Reading

Humphrey out collecting money in Reading in the build up to the London Marathon. £303 raised for WaterAid

You can add your support online here – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/camelhumphrey
or Text CAML96 £2 to 70070 – http://justgiving.com/camelhumphrey

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Apr 01

Reading Half Marathon 2012

I finished the Reading Half Marathon in a time of 2:03min. It was a lovely sunny day with a cool breeze – perfect race conditions for a camel.

I had quite a duel with three Gingerbread men, but I managed to finish them off and push on.

Mustafa led me on and helped keep the pace up and my path clear (sorry if I bumped you along the way).

I had the energy to put on a bit of a sprint finish (see video clip below). The crowd support was incredible (raising the roof for me). All smiles…

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Feb 22

Pancake Races for WaterAid on Shrove Tuesday

Good food, good fun and £260 raised for WaterAid

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