It was both a pleasure and a surprise to receive an e mail from Sarah HILL a producer at ITV and a parkrunner asking if we could help Meridian publicise their Daily Mile news feature and of course we could not turn the offer down. Very exciting!
So what exactly is The Daily Mile?
The Daily Mile is simple and free and gets children out of the classroom for fifteen minutes every day to run or jog, at their own pace, with their classmates, making them fitter, healthier, and more able to concentrate in the classroom. If you want to know more head over to the website www.thedailymile.co.uk
Sarah and I bounced a few emails back and forth and decided to mark a 1 mile course starting at the Meridian ITV office and finishing in the centre of the Solent Business Park. Planning the course was simple and in no time at all a route was planned. Easy!
All we need now is the landowners permission to use the route and that's where the fun starts. Just try to find out who to speak to!? That bit was left to Sarah to resolve but we did find a phone number of a contact who might be able to help her and we heard nothing more until 11am on the day.
Then a phone call! NO PERMISSION! What? No way???
Then a discussion, shall we walk up Leafy Lane and through the adjoining path? We better go take a look, like NOW!
Luckily that morning the finish sign, finish funnel and the arrows were all safely packing in my car and I was ready to go on the spur of the moment. So a quick update on Facebook to let everyone know about the change and then another phone call.....
STOP! They have said YES, we can film by the lake. Phew! Relax! This tv is a bit last minute it seems.
So it's hop in the car pop over to ITV and meet Sarah and the team and get moving with the cones, arrows, balloons, bananas, water and all sorts of bits and bobs. Who would have thought a mile walk could require so much equipment and planning.
At noon people started to appear, Keith WHITTAKER, Robert SPENCER, Hollie and Matt SMITH and Jacqueline HEALY from Whiteley parkrun along with others from ITV and the local offices. Fred and Sangeeta were going to lead off and interview a few along the way and joined us just before 11.30.
The weather was perfect, Fred was asked to slow down as the cameraman was walking backwards and 'it was a walk not a race' (where have you heard that before?)
and the sun was shining. What a perfect lunchtime jaunt.
As you'll all know from parkrun these things are a chatty, friendly and enjoyable thing to do and this was no exception. Cameras appeared in strange places in the distance, stop, go back, do it again made the mile seem a bit longer but it was so much fun!
A few interviews later, all safely at the finish line there was a big cheer for the telly and we had done it. CUT! That's a wrap! (Nobody said that; what a shame! hehe!)
But we did get a huge thank you, a few photos with Fred and Sangeeta, some fruit, some water and a lovely ITV mug.
And that was it time for me to head back to work, after the course clear up and to wait for the 6 o'clock news.
If you didn't catch it, here is the link, we thoroughly enjoyed the day and ITV said a huge thank you to everyone that came and a special thanks to Whiteley parkrun.
Martin de Wied - Event Director (Looking younger every day!)
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