Martin Peagam – baking, running and raising funds

Ageing Better Middlesbrough member and local radio presenter Martin Peagam is back!

Ageing Better Middlesbrough member and local radio presenter Martin Peagam is back, and this time he’s sharing his updates from lockdown, including his attempts at baking and how he covered the distance from Lands’ End to John O’ Groats from his hometown – all in the name of charity 

Not bad actually. Very tasty.   

That was the comment I received from someone who ate one of my Melting Moment biscuits 

Inspired by the recipe provided by Janet in the last newsletter, I decided, with some trepidation, to venture into new territory and bake.  

Martin’s delicious Biscuits

It was a success. And it was fun. So much so that I have now baked them a few times and added Coffee Kisses and Ginger Parkin cake to my repertoire. 

That’s the thing about ‘Lockdown’, it has given me the opportunity to try new things, including exercise, baking, gardening, and writing poetry. 

I certainly stepped into new territory last month when I walked from John O’Groats to Land’s End. 

Of course, in these unusual times, I was not able to walk from Scotland to Cornwall, but I walked and ran (locally) the equivalent distance – 874 miles – as part of a team of four. 

There were fifteen teams taking part in the event. My own team was made up of presenters and fans of the CVFM Radio Community Show that I take part in. None of us were particularly fit when we started. 

To our amazement we ended up finishing fourth (after covering the distance in twenty-four days), I can certainly say we felt a lot fitter and healthier.  

Martin and his running team

We decided early on that we would use the event to try and raise some funds for charity too. Thanks to the generosity of many people we managed to gather over £2,000 for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. 

We enjoyed the activity so much that we have now signed up to another virtual challenge – The Great North Run Solo. 

The message that I take from this – whether it’s trying my hand at baking or taking part in a walking challenge – is that lockdown has provided a great opportunity. 

As I write these words, the restrictions on meeting people and venturing out are being lifted. We still need to take precautions to safeguard ourselves, and to protect other people, but we are being encouraged to go out. 

However, I might just stay in a little longer – after all, there are plenty of recipes I have not tried yet! 



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