Clive Black is better known as the scourge of the retailers, but he left his whip behind this weekend to complete a trio of running events in the Macclesfield Half Marathon.
The Shore Capital retail analyst, who dubs himself Fat Boy Slim, has managed an epic trilogy completing The Morrisons Great North Run, the Grand National course and lastly the Macclesfield Half.
Over the course of these events he has managed to raise nearly £9,000 for Sue Ryder Homes, which cares for people with life-changing illnesses.
It is there for people and their loved ones, whether it’s bringing comfort to someone’s final days or enabling them to make the most of their life.
Commenting on the third phase of the Black running trilogy, Clive said: “Such is the time it takes me to run, Peter Jackson now thinks Lord of the Rings is too short.
“Time, it has to be said, was not my prime objective for this course as opposed to getting around. After about four and half miles thoughts of Rio dissipated and consideration for an IOC agenda item on plodding came to the fore.
“The hills of greater Macclesfield are a real challenge for a tubby bloke of my shape but I did manage to get around without stopping. I don’t think Mo would have done this one in less than an hour, as he did in South Shields. As for fatty Black, I came in at two hours and 14 minutes.
“I know that Sue Ryder is bowled over by the generosity of folk whilst I am simply stunned. Thank you to one and all for all of the amazing donations, The ‘fund’ is now close to £9,000! Such monies will make a difference at the coal face.”
He managed to complete the Morrisons Great North Run in just over two hours.
“I had wanted to give Mo a run for his money but someone decided to give him a 30-minute head start and there was no taking into account my somewhat fuller shape. If it had been the other way around he’d still have beaten me by half an hour,” he admitted.
Let’s help Clive gets to £10,000 to raise money for such an excellent cause. Please send donations to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CliveBlack1
In the running
Carolyn Black, an associate director at Leeds-based investment firm Myddleton Croft, is gearing up for the inaugural Plusnet Yorkshire 10-mile race next month, in a bid to raise funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice.
Ms Black is currently training hard for the event, which is part of the Yorkshire Marathon Festival, and hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity, which provides family led care for children with life-limiting conditions.
Starting and finishing at the University of York, the route heads into the city centre, taking in York Minster, and out into the Yorkshire countryside before returning to the university. The largely flat and fast race is expected to attract around 2,000 runners.
Ms Black is currently putting in the miles several times a week in and around her home town of Ilkley and is about to start increasing her training distance to nine miles, ahead of the event on October 11.
In days gone by...
To prove that this week’s Diary isn’t just about runners, we close with an item about Bruno Monteyne, the Bernstein analyst who has penned an open letter to David Potts, chief executive of Morrisons.
“When we were at Tesco together, we admired their trading nous, void of systems but full of people with local expertise: they didn’t need a Teradata data warehouse to know which sausages would sell and which ones wouldn’t if the Yorkshire skies were blue and sunny,” he writes wistfully.
“You asked me to work with one of their ex-traders you had hired, to get their ways of thinking into our Tesco algorithms.”
Mr Monteyne is more clear-eyed in his prediction that Morrisons’ strong balance sheet will help buy it enough time to develop a differentiated offer to win back customers.