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THE LONG PUSH 2012 is sponsored by...

THE LONG PUSH has been sponsored and supported by the following companies and individuals...

BIG WOODY'S SKATEBOARD SHOP : DC SHOES : ORANGATANG WHEELS/J&R SPORTS : SPORTING SAILS : SKATEFURTHER :

WOODY & DRE (BIG WOODY'S): MARK ROBINSON (OBAS UK): KYLE CHIN(LOADED BOARDS) : RICHARD BIRCHWOOD (J&R SPORTS): BILLY & NICK SMITH (SPORTING SAILS) JULIET & THE STAFF OF TESCO EXPRESS, ALBERT ROAD, SOUTHPORT :

If you would like to sponsor me on my journeys, please contact me at the_long_push@btinternet.com

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Friday, 7 September 2012

The Important Stuff!

Ok, I set off on Saturday 8th September at 9.00AM, from McDonalds, Ocean Plaza in Southport.
For anyone thinking about coming to see me off ( by which I mean 'wave' me off, not...y'know, 'kill me', or anything!) then you are very welcome but BE WARNED, It's Southport Air Show weekend, and traffic will be bad around the seafront. I may even have to skate off along the promenade instead of the first section of the coastal road, depending on how busy it is.

The full route plan is on the other post here:

I'm intending to post updates at the various Sector points, but this will depend on there being a decent 3g/wi-fi signal where I am and how long the battery lasts on my phone!!! I may have to text friends to post updates on The Long Push facebook page for me! But somehow or other I'll let y'all know where I am.

In a late change to plans, I will now be accompanied by skater, spark, awesome photographer and generally all round good egg, Trev Wells (Twellsy) who is going to lead/follow on his bike, carry my backpack and help out documenting the journey. Completely awesome of him to offer to do this. I'm really grateful.

A few people have asked if they can join me on the journey. If you want to push along with me for a mile or so in your area as I pass through and you can meet up with us as we pass through then that's fine. You may be handed a bucket and asked to hand a few flyers out on the way, so be prepared for that. You may get a freebie sticker for your efforts...or not, depending on how long they last! Follow the progress updates on Facebook/Twitter to find where we are.

Anyone who does meet up with is, bring your camera or phone with you and save any video you take. I'm hoping to gather together everyone's clips and get a student at our local art college to edit it altogether into a promo film for next year. I like the idea of it being a 'patchwork' movie, with varying quality of footage. I'll post more about how to send this after the weekend.

Oh yeah, the purpose of this project all year has been to raise awareness of autism. I would LOVE to meet any families who have autistic family members, or pop into any autism support services along the route. If you are happy to be filmed/photographed then I'd love to include that in the document of the journey, or if you just want to tell me your story and have me share it here on The Long Push blog then I would be happy to do that. Again, check the route plan and watch for our progress on Facebook. Leave us a message and we'll try to get to you if you are on the route.

Noooooooo idea what time we'll get back into Southport on the Sunday., but I'm guessing around 6.00-7.00pm. Ending at McDonalds Ocean Plaza again.

Thanks as ever, to THE LONG PUSH 2012 sponsors, www.bigwoodys.co.uk  www.uk.dcshoes-store.com  www.sporting-sails.com  www.orangatangwheels.com  www.jandrsports.co.uk  and to all who have donated and supported me in any way so far.

I've probalby forgotten something or somebody, but if I have I apologise.You've all been amazing.

Chris






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