Andrew has raised $26,296.21 which is just phenomenonal! His marathon partner Vicki has raised $19,604.93 and they are both set for the 1 NOvember 2009 NY Marathon.

This is the latest from his donation page

STOP PRESS: If you want to track my progress (or lack of) online at the ING NY Marathon on Nov 1, my bib number is 41916.

This is my very public mid-life crisis. I figure if I'm going to attempt my first marathon in honour of Starship, it might as well be in the Big Apple to be witnessed by millions of encouraging onlookers.

I'm running with my mate Vikki Maclean and it's true we made a pact to do New York last year - and yes - after a glass of wine (or two). This my have fuelled our courage (and foolishness) but we've nonetheless stuck to our word.

We've also seen the light and have banished alcohol (well, almost) in favour of energy drinks, 5am daily wake ups to train (in the pitch black and cold) and ongoing strategising to ensure we reach the finish line. My coach Tim Morrison's unfailingly there with stop-watch and some evil course for me to complete each morning, when my body's just craving sleep and peace.

Luckily Lucy Lawless, our Starship Foundation ambassador and my good mate, is sometimes literally alongside us to keep the motivation going. She's also behind us as a very generous supporter for our run - thanks Lucy.

Huge thanks also to long-time Starship sponsor, Air New Zealand, for getting Vikki and me to the USA and to Icebreaker for the very hi-tech and comfortable training gear to ensure we don't freeze - or overheat. And I wouldn't have got entry without the stunning help of Carole Mills, Travel Managers Ltd - a big cheers to her! And to ensure I can see where I'm running, Jeremy Wong from Ellerslie Eyecare has custom fitted me with a pair of Adidas Sports Specific Running Sunglasses to train and run in. Just the ticket as the sun's emerging more often now.

So thanks for visiting my fundraising page. I really need your help to make it to the finish line - and reach my fundraising goal for Starship. I'm pushing myself to the limit, so appreciate anything you can do.

If there's any remaining cash burning a hole in your pocket, then please support Vikki too - a mate and a Starship volunteer fundraiser on top of her big day job and busy family life. A true saint! Vikki's at

So back to me, just select the "Make a donation" button below. It's simple, fast and totally secure.

If you live in New Zealand your donation is tax deductible and a receipt will be issued.

Many thanks for your support (& probable sympathies for my wife Jennifer, who faces a huge pile of sweaty training gear each day and puts up with an absentee husband - out on the road somewhere).