Claire is a DEMON for a bargain too. She can sniff out a Car Boot Sale from over 10 miles away, she can go through a charity shop and assess all contents in under 60 seconds and she can organise a jumble sale so quickly it makes Blue Peter green with envy.
|greensand way marker near the devils punchbowl|
Bang for your Buck
As we begin to plan the finer details of the Greensand Way run it becomes clear we are going to need some very specific kit. At time of writing we feel that the 'spirit of the run' is to camp en route and avoid hotels etc. This means we must travel light.....very light......really really light. This poses some issues of price versus weight.
|Greensand Way Sunrise in 14 Acre Copse|
You can buy a tent for less than £30. It would be fine for camping on the Greensand Way . But........It'll be bulky and heavy. It would appear that the sort of tent we require may cost between £100 and £280 . combine this with a thermarest for £90 and a rucksack and it looks like I need about £400 worth of gear, for this trek.
|Pine Trees in the mist in the Hurtwood on the Greensand Way|
Stop Hoarding Start Listing
I've overcome a few financial challenges before, as well as a buyer on ebay I've been a seller on ebay. So it's time to clear out all the clutter I dont need and make some money to pay for all this gear !
We recently had an amazing £100 donation on the charity giving site from an anonymous Mr A. if you are reading this Mr A thankyou .....Thankyou very much.
our donation site is here www.charitygiving.co.uk/greensandway2012
Sometimes Online ISNT the best deal
This week I got a thermarest from a camping shop in Guildford for HALF PRICE. This was at least £15 cheaper than anything on ebay and was because it was the last in an end of line model that was being replaced with a newer swishier (but frankly no different from the old except colour) model. I got a Thermarest Pro Lite for £49 instead of its RRP of £90. This shows you can get bargains out there.
High Street stores also give you the chance to try on things like rucksacks and running gear, but online gives you the chance to read reviews and feedback from others. Its always best to mix and match.
Although the total full cost of the gear I need may exceed £400 I bet I get the lot for less than half price in the end.
Ive been a good boy Santa ...Honest
On the off chance anyone is feeling generous Ive set up an ebay Wish List! Ive never done this before, its a bit like a letter to the Greensand Way Santa Claus.
My Wish List is here http://my.ebay.co.uk/wishlist/Lee-Stuart-Evans/blkrc0haMlByQm1kajZ3Vm5ZK3NFWjJQckEyZGo2d0Zsb3FpQ0plR3BRU2RqNng5blkrc2VRKio*?lid=blkrc0haMlByQm1kajZ3Vm5ZK3NFWjJQckEyZGc2SUFsb0NtQ1pPQ29BU2RqNng5blkrc2VRKio*&ssPageName=ADME:X:EWF:GB:3105
|smiley face block near gibbet hill on the Greensand Way|
I'll be listing a lot of stuff over the next few weeks to raise money, so I get to work my way towards the next coloured star on ebay. Please dont forget why we are doing this. It's to help build a well needed medical centre in Tanzania. The medical treatment this will provide is far more important than me having the lightest thermarest on the market. .......but obviously.......once you've donated on the charity giving site........if you've got a bit of spare change.........i'd love a running top in 'manly' black please.....Thanks. :)