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Team Christian

Team Christian is a group of elite endurance athletes who train under the supervision of child prodigy Christian Blandford.

Christian is widely regarded as one of the World’s most innovative sports scientists and is able to combine an encyclopaedic knowledge of biomechanics with an intuitive understanding of human psychology.

Team Christian are currently undergoing intensive final preparations for the 2008 Flora London marathon and, whilst the location of the T.C training camp remains a tightly guarded secret, you can keep up with developments here.

You can Support the team by donating directly to the Christian Blandford fund using the donate link to the left or, if you prefer, you can use just giving. Bob’s page is here.

Team Christian are:

Bob Ford

Bob Ford

Graham Ford


Simon Desborough



The morning after:

Good news from Team Christian… All three runners finished with Personal Bests:

Bob: 3 hours 47 minutes.
Graham: 3 hours 57 minutes.
Des: 4 hours 11 minutes.

Here is a picture of Bob at 25 miles…Ouch


As usual Christian has been busying himself with detailed post-race analysis. See below a race chart which confirms Bob’s dominance of arch rival, and former Boyzone front man, Ronan Keating:

Bob v Ronan

Thanks to everyone who supported Team Christian in 2008.



T Minus 2 days and counting

We’d be lying if we didn’t admit to a few superstitions in the final moments of training.

Graham tends to spend his time cultivating ‘chafe’ body art.


Graham’s legs.

It’s apparent that Bob has taken a solemn vow to neither think of, or speak about, anything except the race and has taken to repeating a single mantra, such as “it’s a sharp pain right behind the balls” for long periods.

Simon will normally choose between a bout of flu or serious back problems but this time round he’s been enjoying both experiences simultaneously.


We had a visit from Chris Moyles.Moyles


Good news on the R&D side:

Christian completed his much-anticipated research into accelerated colour schemes ® and confirmed that the fastest colour combination in the known universe is 93% Black and 7% Various. Consequently Bob will be wearing these shoes:


And this shirt:



Thanks for supporting Team Christian.


W/C 01.04.08: T minus 2 weeks, and counting.           

We are very sorry to confirm recent press speculation that Simon (Des) has failed a drug test. Unfortunately we still don’t have all the information but feel that it’s important to be clear about what we do know at this stage. In September 2007, on his return from Team Christian’s state-of-the-art heat acclimatisation centre in Ibiza, Des was subject to a routine urine screening. The results of the test are not conclusive but at the moment Des stands accused of taking a cocktail of substances designed to enhance the users’ enjoyment of the repetitive aspects of their training. Team Christian’s zero tolerance policy with regard to the use of performance enhancing drugs has been well reported and is unequivocal. We must stress that we have challenged the results of Des’ test and feel confident that the “B-Test” will clear his name.

This week the rest of the team have been concentrating on resistance training:20 sets!

W/C 17.03.08: T minus 4 weeks, and counting.           

Good news – Bob has made a remarkable recovery from his illness. So much so that during yesterday’s intensive session at our facility in Rye he set an unofficial (wind assisted) World Record for the half marathon.
News from the rest of the camp is less encouraging. Christian and Graham have carried out a series of intensive sports psychology sessions after Graham reported a recurrence of his sexuality issues. The problem seems to be consistent with the situation that caused Graham to miss the Athens Olympics in 2004 and as such we are very concerned. It seems that under race conditions Graham finds himself glancing at all the other boys in their tight running shorts. As far as we can understand this then leads to a series of involuntary impure thoughts, a strange tingling sensation in the groin and subsequently an inability to focus on the race plan. Christian has suggested a course of aversion therapy and Graham is currently training closely with Simon ‘in isolation’.


W/C 10.03.08: T minus 5 weeks, and counting.           

It’s been a mixed week for Team Christian.
Graham and Simon are going from strength to strength but we’re sorry to report that Bob’s training has suffered a serious set back…
Bob returned from altitude training in the Alps complaining of ‘feeling a little poorly’ and ‘not being his usual self’. By Tuesday night the situation was looking pretty serious and Bob was raced to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a dangerous combination of two rare conditions; ‘the comm. O. N c-o-l-d’ and ‘Ijustneedsomeattentionandacuddle’. Thankfully we’ve had access to state-of-the-art medical facilities and some of the best brains in British science and have been able to stabalise Bob’s condition via a complex combination of treatments; primarily “phenoxymethyl p “ and “Dihydrogen monoxide” (Penicillin and Water).
At the time of writing Team Christian is delighted to report that Bob is being a brave little soldier and may yet recuperate sufficiently to receive his knighthood from the Queen this Thursday.Training

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Race Till You Drop

One man, one mission

Rob Hall is planning to come first in this year’s London Marathon. Yes, you heard me right, he has an elite runner’s place and his aim is to lead the pack for as long as he possibly can! Rob thinks he will be able to lead for 5 or 6 minutes until he collapses in a heap, berated by the commentators.

He is taking sponsorship for how many minutes he can lead the 2008 London Marathon, with all proceeds going to The Christian Blandford fund.

Please support Rob in this historic sporting challenge by e-mailing your pledge to robertwhall(at) (please replace the (at) with @) or send peter an e-mail. We are hoping to get lots of PR for this event and wish Rob all the best in this, once in a lifetime, opportunity. You can sponsor Rob directly on his just giving page.

To put it into context the 8 stone Kenyans start at 4 minute 45 pace for the first mile and complete the 26.2 miles in 4.55 pace.  Burly 12 stone Rob commented “its not the winning its the leading that matters.”

Find out more about the Christian Blandford Fund using the links to the left.


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Dee Gibson and Emma Darling

Clapham Common 10km – Dee Gibson and Emma Darling running and raising sponsorship for the Christian Blandford Fund.

Dee & Emma

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Chris and Simone

March 08 – Chris Elsmore and his lovely girlfriend, Simone are having their 40th birthday’s this year and have very kindly suggested that friends donate to the Christian Blandford fund in lieu of giving presents.

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George Kirkwood

February 08 – George Kirkwood chose the Christian Blandford Fund as the recipient of a generous donation from the Kirwood family trust, for the second time.

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Amy and Matthew Hancox

Matthew Hancox’s daughter, Anna has also been treated for a kidney tumur and has spent plenty of time at St George’s. Matthew and a team of 20 runners from ING are running the London Marathon this year. They are pooling all the money raised and ING are matching all donations. The money will be split between four charities, one of which is The Christian Blandford Fund. Matthew’s wife Amy is also running the London Marathon and raising money for the Christian Blandford Fund, her justgiving page is here.

ING running team

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A Post from Claudia

We have just returned from a glorious two weeks at Villa Begur!  After a rocky start with Christian not sleeping due to a bad cough I was pleased that we had taken some precautionary antibiotics with us and once they kicked in he was much better.  Then we ended up in the local hospitals A&E – nothing serious but a bit of a bummer nonetheless and very unfair on Christian.  However, after that all was perfect and we spent the rest of the holiday soaking up the sun (and wine!) and enjoying ourselves with the various different friends and family who came to join us.  Even leaving wasn’t too bad since we will be heading back to the villa in another 4 weeks for the last week of the school hols.  Pete has posted some photos from the holiday so you can see how the boys are growing – and how much hair Christian has now (and how little hair Pete has now!).

Christian with Abuelo

Both Peter and I wanted to thank some of you who really have done an amazing effort in the fundraising:

All of those who ran the 10km and raised money. There were some amazing achievements, Jo Winnick, for example, raised a staggering £5000 and ran the 10k in a very impressive time!

Monika Kurec who is an incredibly fit friend of mine.  She did some mad long (incredibly long!) bike ride in Cape Town South Africa and raised a HUGE amount of money for Christian’s fund.  Here is aan email that she sent upon completing it:

Well I made it! 4 hrs 4 mins (30 mins faster than expected!)

It was, by far, the most amazing experience of my life and I’m still on a high from it!

The 2 days before temperatures soared up to an incredible Autumnal 39 degrees C!! This just added to our list of things to worry about! eg.. What if my wheels fall off? Will I make it up those hills? When do I eat? I don’t want to die on those downhills! What if I need a wee? Will a baboon jump in front of me? (pretty likely) etc…  Endless worries. As it turned out, beautiful clouds rolled in on the race day morning and temps dropped to a “cool” 26 degrees. We couldn’t have been any luckier. 36,000 people took part and I managed to complete the whole race without a puncture, without falling off, without sunburn but with the biggest smile and Adrenalin high I’ve experienced. I can’t recommend this event enough to everyone!
I can’t thank you all enough for all the support and sponsorship. I have raised £4393.59 so far, which is just amazing.

Thanks Monika!  I don’t know when you found the time to train for this, and I know that the entire trip must have been very expensive for you.  You really are one of the most selfless people I know.

Fi Lovett owner of Fifi Wilsons on Abbeville Road – Fi held two clothing sales with proceeds going towards Christians fund and she raised an incredible £1000. I am so grateful to all the hard work both she, and her manager Dawn, put in to the event.  I know how busy they both are running two successful shops and am truly flattered that they wanted to help with Christian’s fund.


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I have some photos of the run, they are  here . I have set up a new donation page with a list of donors and total amount donated it is here.


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The 10km Run in Battersea Park

Fortunately, we came home Saturday evening and got a good night’s sleep ahead of Sunday’s run.


It was a fantastic event, the photographer Jonathan Cook has taken loads of photos, it will take a bit of time to process them all, there a few here. 

If you are one of the people who have generously pledged then you can pay either by cheque to me or online here. If you meant to pledge something but didn’t get around to it, it is not too late. Either way please forward the payment confirmation to me at

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Wedding Gifts

December 2006 – Juliette and Chris Norris asked their guest at their wedding to donate to the Christian Blandford fund instead of giving presents, thank you very much Juliette and Chris.

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