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Nov
29

After attending the SharePoint 2009 conference in Las Vegas earlier this year I was kind of eager to get my hands on the beta s/w and have a go.  Unfortunately current SharePoint 2007 work and my personal life conspired to get in the way and I couldn’t seem to get round to it.  At work, Alex (@sharepointalex) produced a SharePoint 2010 vhd which I used to boot into and it was great but I hated being out of touch with my laptops usual features e.g. Outlook, Word etc.  I didn’t want to install SharePoint direct to my laptop as I hate to “pollute” my laptop with server products, development environments etc.

I like to be able to switch off my development environment and do other things so the ability to run up a VM and dev appeals.  I finally got some time to set this up (don’t worry, SharePoint people this isn’t another “How I Installed SharePoint by clicking next, next, finish”).

I downloaded VMWare WorkStation 7 and got me a copy of the SharePoint 2010 VM Setup PDF by Critical Path – register and you can get your own.  The document shows how to install a vm under Hyper-V and it didn’t take too much of my imagination to work out how to apply this to VMWare ;-).  The doc shows how to install and configure Windows 2008 R2, SQL 2008, SharePoint 2010, Visual Studio 2010 and Office 2010 (phew!).  It features step by step instructions and screen shots and guides you through the process – it declares that it’s not a “best practice” installation but does setup a development environment.  There were 1 or 2 typos (which I’ve feedback to them) and a piece that I think is missing “Enabling the SharePoint 2010 Sandpit” which I got from here but other than that it’s a great document – there is no need for anyone to document/blog this process again…..    🙂

At the end of the process I had a dev environment which worked and seemed to perform pretty well on my 8 Gb Dual Core, 7200 rpm disk laptop, well, it did after I’d given the VM 4 Gb rather than the original 1 Gb I gave it .

I dev’d a quick “Hello Wors World” web part and carried out the (by now) famous process of pressing F5 and having my code, packaged, deployed and running in SharePoint – it is customary for dev types to cheer and holler at this point.

I then switched to having a look around the admin landscape and discovered that there were no Performance Point or InfoPath Application Services……

I searched Central Admin high & low, they weren’t to be found anywhere.  Google brought up various possible solutions but they wouldn’t work for me.  Revisiting my MSDN keys page, I noticed that there were actually 2 keys available to me:

I’d chosen the “SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Enterprise Beta” key and on closer investigation I discovered that this key doesn’t offer the Performance Point or InfoPath support:

There are two versions of SharePoint Server 2010 Beta:

  • SharePoint Server 2010 (Enterprise Client Access License features)

    For organizations looking to expand their business collaboration platform to enable advanced scenarios. Use the Enterprise capabilities of SharePoint to fully interoperate with external line-of-business applications, web services, and Microsoft Office client applications; make better decisions with rich data visualization, dashboards, and advanced analytics; and build robust forms and workflow-based solutions.

  • SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites, Enterprise

    For organizations looking to create customer-facing public internet sites and private extranets using the full enterprise capabilities of SharePoint. This provides full SharePoint Enterprise functionality and no other technical limits.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee388573.aspx

Removing SharePoint (a heart in mouth moment as I figured it’d surely hose my VM) and reinstalling using my “SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Beta” key sorted it out – I wish I’d deleted all the databases from the 1st installation though as I now have some 30 odd dbs on my Sql server – I might go back and try to sort this out – maybe not.

Nov
03
When accessing InfoPath forms, add Source=url.to.my.site/page1.aspx for the InfoPath to return to…….
Nov
02
The next Nottingham Sharepoint User Group is taking place on the 19th of November.
 
Mike Watson (Sharepoint Mad Scientist) is again presenting a session – this time he’s gonna be talking about Sharepoint 2010.
 
The usual SharePint will take place after the sessions and there is a ShareCurry event planned for any who can stay late in the Nottingham area.
 
More details and sign up are here http://suguk.org/forums/thread/21213.aspx.  There’s no cost, no catch,come join us……
Oct
25

While here in San Francisco I noticed that there are a lot of steep streets (like Duh!).

Firing up Google I found this :

Crookedest Street – Lombard

Steepest Street – Filbert

Wow!  The steepest and the crookedest streets in San Francisco and the Western Hemisphere.  With Tracey (@WorPet) having a nap and the opportunity to tackle these 2 streets within a five mile run was just too great so I planned a circular route, donned shorts, t-shirt and my trusty Asic Gels and I was off.  I took (as I always do) my iPhone and listened to my usual 90’s house mix tracks….

Overall, the experience of the run was great but the highlights run obviously, were the corkscrew at the top of Lombard and Filbert Street.  My usual routes at home have hills but not like these, both of them are really, really steep hills (30% ers) and my assault on the Para 10 featured a couple of beast hills but I reckon these hills have them beaten.  The day after the run I could feel my legs aching much more than the day after the Para 10.

Anyways, here’s a bunch of pics I took while on the run along with a bit of commentary at each point of interest:

The Start

The corner of Mason & Geary – looking up Mason (I actually forgot to take these pictures when I set out so took them after I’d returned)

 

Looking back to Geary

 

Down Mason to the sea

Columbus and Lombard (looking up to Lombard)

Looking back on the “easy” bit of Lombard

and looking up at the “Corkscrew” that is the top part of Lombard – so steep they made the road like this to allow cars to negotiate it.

As I sprinted up here using the steps (no doubt I looked like a crazy man) a group of young Europeans shouted “Rocky, Rocky” as I dashed by and I wish I had the theme tune from Rocky playing on my iPhone.  With that happening, there was no way I could  stop ‘til I’d reached the top even though my legs were feeling like rubber bands.

Anyway, I made it to the top and took these shots looking back from where I’d come…

As I look at these pics now, it’s clear that I made a poor job of them as they show the steps I ran up rather than the corkscrew road, but my excuse is that I was too exhausted to take a good pic…..

From the top of Lombard to the sea.  A couple of days before Tracey and I had rode the Powell trolley cars (Tracey inside and me hanging off the front in true “The Streets Of San Francisco” style)

From here I ran down the winding road (not the steps) and up Leavenworth ‘til I found the sign for Filbert St

Looking up Filbert, I just missed the car cresting the top in a scene right out of “The Streets of San Francisco” – shame.

This like Lambert is a real killer of a hill.  I had to run on my toes as the road is too step here to get your full foot flat.  Tiny little strides and lots of them got me to the top.  The view from the top of Filbert

After Lambert and Filbert the relatively small hill that is Hyde Street seemed easy although my legs were very heavy.  I continued on beyond where I planned to go and found myself on Market St.  From there it was a gentle up hill climb back to Geary & Mason where the Hotel Frank is located, 4.7 miles featuring the steepest & crookedest streets in San Francisco (and the Western Hemisphere) .  A shower, change of clothing and across the road to Lefty O’Douls for a well deserved beer ….

Oct
15
I’ve recently signed up with an online service MapMyRun which allows you to map your runs telling you how far you went, the heights you scaled etc.
 
It’s proving to be a useful tool and I’m part of a "Leader Board" – #sprunners which is where the SharePoint runners,map their runs and compete for the most distance covered.
 
I’ve signed up for a free account, there are some restrictions but I don’t seem to notice them.  There is also an iPhone app that will use the GPS functionality of your iPhone to map your runs automatically and allow you to upload them at the end of each session – I’ve never quite managed to get this to work but I don;t know if it’s because of the poor GPS signal when the phone is in my pocket – I’ll maybe try this again when I finally get round to purchasing an armband to keep the iPhone in clear view of the signal.
 
Click through to my profile to check out the recent runs I’ve been on, they range in location from the exotic (Selston, Notts) to the run of the mill (coast run in San Francisco) :-0.  Next week (w/c 19th Oct 2000) should see some interesting routes as I meet up with other #sprunners at the Sharepoint Conference 2009 being held in Las Veags – can we run the desert????
 
Anway, if you’re doing SharePoint and you like to run, get signed up for MapMyRun and come and join the #sprunners as "we run this town".
Oct
13
So the Sharepoint Conference 2009 is nearly here.  The conference, which unfortunately is being held in Las Vegas ;->, is the premier event for Shareoint developers, IT Pros, Architechts, consultants etc. and I, along with the remainder of the Intelligent Decisioning management team, am attending.
 
As it’s such a long distance myself and Tracey (@WorPet) thought it would be a good opportunity to combine the conference with a trip to a part of the the States we’d never been to so we decided to spend a week in San Francisco before heading on to Vegas and the conference. 
 
As Tracey is not a Sharepointer, she wont be attending the conference and is opting to spend her time in non Sharepoint related activities.  She has decided to gather these non SharePoint related activities together to form the Not SharePoint Conference 2009.
 
A little about Tracey :
 
She has held a Shopping MVP for the past 10 years
She is often invited to shop at stores up and down the UK and internationally
She features regularly on the coffee/chatting circuit where she discusses the latest techniques in shopping, American TV shows such as House, True Blood, Army Wives etc.
The Not SharePoint Conference 2009 will be the premier event for anyone who is in Vegas for the actual SharePoint Conference 2009 but is not attending the conference and looking to relax and enjoy all that Vegas can offer.  The agenda is still to be finalised but will include the following tracks:
 
shopping
spa visiting
coffee drinking
sunbathing
relaxing
site seeing
 
A number of levels will be catered for, from 101 relaxing through to the "Deep Dive" technically demanding 400 level which will introduce advanced techniques and best practices for the advanced shopper/spa attender.  Best practices will be discussed and exchanged including techniques such as getting the best bargain in that designer store, Mocha or Latte, milk or dark chocolate etc.
 
While primarily for partners of Sharepointers who are in Vegas and not attending the conference, attendees of the SharePoint Conference are welcome to attend.
 
As the agenda fleshes out, @WorPet will be Twittering about them with times, dates etc. under the following Twitter hashtags:
#spshoppers – run along the same lines as the #sprunners, with a a leaderboard and daily updates showing who has shopped the hardest rather than ran the furthest.  Runner type shoes are recommended for these events as there are a lot of shops to get round
#spspa – get together in a spa and talk about anything but Sharepoint while drinking coffee and relaxing
#spcoffee – surprise, impromptu get togethers, organised with fairly short notice – "I’m at coffee house outside of Gucci/Tiffanny – anyone for #spcoffee?"
#spsunbathing – this is the event for those who just want to sit around poolside in the sun
#sprelaxing – do nothing with others of the same mind
#spsites – go look at the Stratosphere/M&M shop etc.
The Not SharePoint Conference 2009 will run along side the SharePoint Conference but will feature slightly later start times due to the big store opening times but they will finish at the same time as the main conference allowing full attendance of main conference events such as SharePint, 80s Beach Party, #ShareIndian etc. Anyone got a spare Guest Pass for the 80’s beach party for @WorPet ? – $$ await
 
There will also be Not SharePoint Conference 2009 break out sessions as the out of main conference events including discussion groups where topics of conversation will include:
shopping best practices – lessons learnt
the AGILE shopper
spangly shoe driven shopping – SSDS
the finest shoes/handbag seen/bought
best bargain seen/bought
worst impulse buy
the finest chocolate store
best coffee bar/spa etc.
 
All are welcome to attend the Not SharePoint Conference 2009 breakout sessions, whch will be located along the bar from the main events.  There is still room for speakers at this event, @catpaint1, @WonderLaura, @LoriGowin – know you’re attending the conference but any chance of speaking at a break out session 🙂
 
Please spread the
 
Sep
19
After last weeks exertions at the P Coy Challenge, I’ve decided to take it easy and have done nothing more than a 5.5 miler on Wednesday and a Beer by Tram pub cralw from Noittingham to Hucknalll with a few work old (by that I mean both in age and in a previous job) colleagues.
 
I can recommend the tram based crawl – it  takes you to pubs that I’d never ever visit, particulalry as the further it gets away from Nottingham.  The Horseshoe at Bulwell and The Station at Hucknall are prime examples of the British local that are disappearing on a daily basis.  You could easily imagine an episode of Britains Hardest Pubs featuring either (or both of these places) but it’s great to try these places and sample a beer or two.  One beer that I didn’t sample was a brew named Last Rites – this beer brewed by The Abbeydale Brewey is an 11% head banger and as it was still early (and sun light was streaming down) I decided to give it a miss.  It would have been a different matter had it been later (or dark) and I might hunt out this drink at a later date.
 
Anyway, as part of my takin it easy week, I’ve turned down the opportunity to run 10 miles this morning, bike 50 miles this afternoon (I haven’t ridden a distance of any note since I rode to Skegness back in 2006 I think) or a 10 miler on Sunday morning.  I’m going to get started again next week (don’t we all start these things next week?) and I reckon I’ll be out in shorts and trainers on Tuesday night having a gentle run down the canal.
 
I’ve got to get up to speed for running in Vegas with the #sprunners (a Twitter keyword used by a group of like minded Sharepoint people who also like to run).  I’m toying with the idea of running dressed in a white Elvis jumpsuit I own.  Why do I own a white Elvis jumpsuit?  I needed one for a Butlins 70s weekend I attended a few years ago and it still hangs in my wardrobe alongside the Robin  (Boy Wonder) suit I used for the Mansfield Half Marathon in July.
 
Anyway, Elvis running the Vegas strip probably wont event raise a jaded Vegas eyebrow as Elvis can be seen everywhere on the strip – selling cars, working in bars, shops or just walking the strip but it still might be worth a laugh.  After all there is already a "Sharepoint Cowboy" – Eric Schupps @eschupps so why not a "Sharepoint Elvis" @spelvis?  In the word of Elvis "Uh Huh Huh – Thank yu very much".
Sep
15

I ran the P Coy Challenge to raise money for Help for Heroes.  If you’d like to help, point your browser at http://www.justgiving.com/anthonypounder.  Thanks.

Back in November of last year whilst recovering from a knee operation (which had kept me from running most of the year) I came up with the idea of running in an event called the P Coy Challenge.  This event involves running the Parachute Regiment Selection course in military boots whilst wearing a bergan (back pack) weighted with 35 lbs.  The terrain is a mostly off road affair featuring some extreme hills and a water section.

Looking back at my blog post regarding this idea, I have no sane explanation as to why I fancied doing it or why I thought I could do it – as I’ve just typed, I was recovering from a knee op having missed the best part of 6 months training as well as piled on more than a few pounds in weight/fat in that period.

Anyway, I stated here on this blog that I was going to do it and blog about it and that was that – I was committed.  This blog entry documents the events of the 13th September and my attempt to complete the P Coy Challenge.  Reading this may encourage you to have a crack at in 2010 or it may make you think "Not Bloody Likely" and put you off forever.

The 13th starts for me at about 07:15 in a Premier Inn based situated in the north east of England in a town called West Auckland.  The morning was cloudy and cool, which was a relief after Saturdays weather of scorchio.  I had a bowl of pasta, a banana, an apple flap jack and a cup of tea for breakfast while watching Match of The Day in my room.  Bunde who was also taking part had a bowl of cereal and a cup of tea.

We left the Premier Inn and headed for the race which is held at Catterick Garrison.  The location of the race took a bit of finding as Catterick Garisson is a huge place and the event was hardly (if at all) signposted.  By the time we made it to the start we were in a convoy of 4 cars and a motorbike all looking for the competitors car park.  Not a good organisational effort by the Armed Forces!

Once parked up we got changed into our t-shirts, shorts, applied petroleum jelly to our feet and put on socks and boots.  We filled our pockets with bananas, Haribo sweets, flap jack and energy drinks, hefted the bergans to our backs, grabbed a couple of small bags filled with a pound of sand each and headed for the start.  We’d not gone more than 2 or 300 metres before we saw a black Ford Transit style van from which a group of military looking blokes jumped out – these boys looked fit and more than capable of completing the course – intimidating!

A little further on the competitors were divided into 2 groups – those running that were competing with boots and bergan and those that weren’t.  It was soon clear that there were a few more than the 200 odd bergan runners who had run it last year and I estimated that there were maybe 5 – 600 competitors (I was about 5 – 600 short as there were 1,146 bergan competitors finished within the 3 hour cut off time).

We entered the boots and bergan enclosure and headed for the weigh in stations which were just inside the enclosure.  We were surprised to see that there were no race officials weighing the kit or checking the competitors footwear but we thought there would be an official weigh in point nearer the start.  I weighed my bergan and was relieved to see that I was exactly on the 35 pound limit (the weight can’t include the weight of any water or food that you wish to carry) and Bundes weight was up at about 38 pound.  I dropped the extra 3 pounds of sand that I’d brought from the car as they wouldn’t be needed and put the bananas and drinks into the bergan top pocket where it would be easy to retrieve as required.

In common with all other races I have ever ran, I had an urge to head for the toilets (or ablutions as they were signed) and joined the queue for the 2 – YEP THAT’S RIGHT 2 portaloos for nearly 1,200 runners – the 2nd piece of Armed Forces organisation that wasn’t up to scratch.  Thankfully, the race start was delayed until 10:15 from the advertised 10:00 as it gave me time to meet up with a couple of guys that I knew from Biritish Military Fitness before the star – Mark @discobelix and Pete @Cyberbod.

Bunde and I then joined near the back of the start and within a minute or 2 the non bergan runners were on their way and 3 minutes later so were we.  As is normal for large running events, our race numbers featured a chip which triggers your individual timing as you cross the start and finish as without this some runners at the back of races could have minutes added to their time – I ran the London Marathon back in 2005 and it took me some 10 – 15 minutes from  the gun going off to crossing the actual start line.  The course we were running is here.  have a look at it in another window as I intend to call out various parts of the run against the course.

We set off across a grassy field and due to the number of runners there was some stop/start or “wave effect” running for a while and I began thinking “Where can the hills be, it all looks very flat” and off we ran into the bowels of Catterick Garrison.  From what I recall, we ran on concrete/tarmac for a mile or two and there was an awesome sight as we hit the 1st very gentle upward slope of bergans running as far as the eye could see.  I took a photo with my iPhone but I missed the best moment when I was at the bottom of the hill and could see nothing but pack runners snaking up and over the hill..

We passed the mile marker in about 12:45 – much too slow and we tried not to panic and run like madmen.

The first cattle grid was at about 1 – 1.5 miles and a shout of “Grid” went up from the front and we all bunched up again.  The cattle grids were a nightmare as to slip here could result in a twisted (or worse) ankle and the end of your race so we negotiated them with care.

Once across the grid, back up to speed and we began to climb towards mile 2 (about 23.5 minutes so we were on the 11 minute pace with time still to make up from the 1st mile) – it was clear from this early point that a number of competitors had come along to walk the distance with the pack on (and fair play to them – it’s still a massive achievement) and we began to overtake and leave them behind along with a number of runners without packs!

At about 2.5 miles we began a descent round a large field and were startled to hear the sound of automatic gunfire coming from very close – there were a number of armed forces personnel out on exercise and firing blanks (we hoped) as we passed – Bunde thought it was applause from spectators but the nearest spectators were some 2 or 3 miles away.  While we were startled we noticed that the sheep in the same field were not disturbed in the slightest as they continued to feed.

The race course then changed from this point – from concrete/tarmac to loose stone/shale as we headed down “Tank Hill” – I guess it’s called Tank Hill as there are 2 huge tanks on the left hand side of the hill (Duh!) – it was a fairly steep down hill and with the loose footing it proved a challenge.  I’d been advised by my son "to “Smash it down the hills and on the flats” and to TAB (Tactical Advance to Battle) up the hills so I tried to relax and let gravity takes it’s course and before long I was racing to the bottom of the hill (every minute expecting to snap an ankle/knee/leg or my neck).  At 3 miles we were around 33 minutes so had caught up with the required pace.

More cattle grids (I reckon we must have crossed 20 or so on the course), a hop skip and a jump over a small stream and onto the 1st water station.  I dropped down to a fast walk at this point and drank a cup of water and ate a handful of Haribo sweets.  We ran on and came to the “Fish Pond Lake" which is a loop around a largish pond – as we ran in one direction, the faster runners were heading round the other side and were probably some 30 metres above us so there was a bit of a hill to come…..

We made it halfway round the pond and sure enough there was the hill – it was a short, sharp, steep hill comprised of a loose surface and at the top there was a course photographer recording the agony etched on our faces – I wasn’t captured on photo but my mate Bunde was.  After making it up this hill we came to what may have been the easiest part of the course – the downhill section leading up to “Lick Out Hill”.  As we ran fast down the hill we could see “Lick Out” winding it’s way off to our right and way above our heads – again it was a great sight to see so many pack runners streaming along the route but by this point I couldn’t be ar$ed to get my phone out of my pocket to take the picture.  5 miles was completed in about 55 mins so the pace was still right – no need to do anything different just needed to keep it going………

Lick Out Hill is a fairly smooth, long grinding hill, designed it seems with only 1 thought in mind – “I am going to break you” and it was a relief to make it to the top although I hadn’t been able to run the whole hill I managed to make sure that I kept on moving as fast as possible.

Miles 7 – 8 aren’t memorable to me other than I was conscious that we had slowed down coming up Lick and we attempted to make the time up on every downhill section and I became more than aware thagt I had a tasty blister on my right heel.  It was also along this stretch that I had Bunde get rid of the bananas that I’d carried for 7 miles – they must have weighed AT LEAST A POUND and I was never going to eat them…..

Around mile 8, the course holds a real treat in the shape of a hill known as the “Land Of Nod”.  A runner ahead of me asked the Para Marshall what’s the name of this hill “The Land Of Nod Sir” came back the delighted reply.  The Land of Nod starts with an extremely steep down hill, a small stream which we could jump across without getting wet, followed by possibly the steepest climb I’ve ever made (with or without a 35 pound pack on my back).  It was a real scramble up the shale hill and I was feeling light headed but pleased when I made it to the top although our pace had slowed somewhat.

Racing down the other side of the hill we came to a water section and plunged in – the 1st water trap was about ankle height and the 2nd about knee height – a runner went face first into the water as I crossed the 2nd pit and I tried to laugh but was too knackered.  Photos of me at this stage are a bit crap but here they are, and here and here.  My boots were filled with water and my feet were being caned as I started the final major climb up “Pussy Hill”.

Pussy Hill is out of the same mould as the Land of Nod i.e. loose surface and very extreme steepness.  At the top my legs were a bit like rubber and my feet felt like they were in ruins.  A check of the watch showed there was only some 9 minutes to go before we had missed the 1:50 challenge time and we set off to trudge our way to the finish.  About this time my left calf began to cramp up a bit and I had to take it steady for fear of a proper cramping session taking place – both sides of the route were lined with runners receiving massages from fellow competitors for their cramp but I managed to keep going.  Someone once told me "Pain is temporary but pride is for ever" – I agree with the sentiment but I reckon that guy had never taken part in the P Coy Challenge 😉

A small downhill and then a left hand bend and an incredibly young looking Para said “Only 200 metres to go Sir!  Best effort!”, “For real?” I replied “Yes Sir” he replied.  There was a small incline from there and we could hear the announcer at the finish so knew we were close but I still expected to climb this hill to be greeted by another.  As we climbed the hill a big hulking bloke was running close to me.  He was wearing a bergan and screaming at a woman who was also wearing a bergan “Come on you’re the leading woman – 2.5 minutes to the cut off time” and I thought to myself “I’m not having that” and kicked up the hill where I was greeted by the sight of the grassy field where we had started.  I decided that I still had a bit and “sprinted” for the line.  My 2 sisters and a couple of friends who had come along to see me run shouted my name but I didn’t hear them or see them as I was running with my eyes shut and teeth gritted.  I crossed the line and stopped my stopwatch – 1:49:12, 48 seconds under the qualifying time, we’d only gone and done it ! Woo Hoo!

My brain was totally oxygen starved and I couldn’t work out how we’d managed to complete the distance from the 9 mile to the finish seemingly in under 9 minutes and I suspect some wind up element with the mile markers (as do others discussing this on the net) but I don’t care as I beat the time by 48 seconds – JOB DONE!

We received a t-shirt, medal and a goody bag – no red beret ;-).

Removing my boots

 I unveiled a very raw burst blister on my right heel, a matching sized (but unburst) blister on my left heel, a smallish blister on the top of my right foot and a huge blood filled blister on the middle toe of my left foot – this toe lost it’s toe nail some 4 – 5 weeks ago when training (as did the toe next to it) and my lower back had been rubbed raw but I didn’t care as I had made it within the time.

If you don’t like photos of blisters and red raw backs look away now, if you do, read on…..

We hobbled back to the car and drove to McDonalds for a bite to eat before driving back home to a heroes welcome from Wor Pet.

After a short period of R&R I took a shower, which was agony on my back and feet (Dave Read calls this “The Shower Of Truth”) and headed for the pub for a debrief session with Bunde.

A few pints later and it was home to bed – absolutely knackered but very, very self satisfied :-).

The official times shows that my chip time was 1:49:16 and my time from the gun was 1:50:02 which means that it took me some 40 secs to cross the start line – another 3 seconds quicker and I would have been under the qualifying time on both counts.

Looking at the photos of the event I discovered that the big bloke yelling at the woman was wearing a bergan but wearing bloody trainers on his feet – what a con!  How can you sleep Nigel Browning of Lingwood Security Team 2 (race number 113) knowing that you cheated the event?  I mean come on, either do the challenge or don’t, you’re only fooling yourself etc. </rant> My chip time was some 30 seconds faster than yours anyway 😉

I’ve said over the last few months that this then the London marathon would probably be my Swan Song as far as competitive running is concerned but having done this now I think I might like to have another go – but then I think of the training and I shudder.

As I said at the start of this post – I may put you on to it or put you off.  I hope I’ve put you on as on the whole it has been a great experience.  Yes, the training was a pain in the ar$e (it literally was a pain in the back, legs and feet), yes I had to get up early on a weekend and grind out miles with a weighted pack which wasn’t fun, yes the day itself was tough – but if it hadn’t been like this it wouldn’t be a challenge and I wouldn’t have bothered doing it and I reckon you wouldn’t either.

As I type this the count down on @ http://www.paras10.com shows 361 days and counting to next years event – are you in?

To Be Continued?????

I ran the P Coy Challenge to raise money for Help for Heroes.  If you’d like to help, point your browser at http://www.justgiving.com/anthonypounder.  Thanks.

Sep
12
Ad Break – I’m raising funds for Help for Heroes.  If you’d like to help, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/anthonypounder and make a pledge – no amount is too small (or to great) – thanks for your support.
 
So here we are with < 36 hours to go to the off.
 
The training’s done and there’s nowt left to do but sit around and relax, so I’m currently taking it easy and resting up with a glass (or 3) of red wine.  I’m writing this, Twittering (@WorTony) about SUGUK and the SharePoint 2009 conference and watching Derrin Brown predict the lottery numbers (ho ho ho).  Obviously, none of this is ideal training warm down but after 4 months of running 4 times a week (twice a week with a weighted pack and military boots) I’ve decided that it’s all now down to the day – I need to turn up on the day and feel good or it’s not gonna be good.
 
I’ve seen it many times before that a professional athlete (I’m not one ;->) can turn up on the day and just not perform (think Paula Radcliffe at the Greek Olympics and others) – this is where I feel I am and reckon that a good day will see me get round in under 1:50 while a bad day may be a really bad day 😦
 
My training schedule has been like this :
I’ve done the distance many  times.
I’ve done the distance and the weight twice
I’ve done just under the distance and the weight many times
I’ve done the distance and the weight and the hills twice
I’ve done just under the distance and the weight and the hills many times
I’ve done the distance and the weight and the hills and the boots once
I’ve done just under the distance and the weight and the hills and the boots a couple of times
 
I’ve built up the weight over the 4 month period and the distance with the weight, and the weight with the distance with the hills – all text book stuff.  I reckon that this schedule means I should be more than capable of meeting the P Coy Challenge – 10 miles, a 35lb pack, military boots and some gruesome hills with wicked names such as "Pussy Hill", "Lick Out Hill" and the killer "Land Of Nod".
 
As they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and Sunday will tell the tale.
 
I’ll write up my experience of the P Coy Challenge as and when I get the use of my body back.
 
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Sep
11
I’m documenting this as a guide to anyone who has never attended a SUGUK and is wondering "What the heck goes on at those things?", and I’m hoping that by revealing the secrets of the inner SUGUK sanctum, more people may step forward and think "Hey,that sounds like the kinda thing I’d like to attend".
 
Anyway, on with the show….
 
 
Speakers at the event were Alex Pearce (Sharepoint MVP) and Mike Watson (SharePoint Mad Scientist) and around 30 people from all areas of Sharepoint knowledge and experience attended, the majority of which had never attended a SUGUK event before.
 
Mark Macrae (Intelligent Decisioning) kicked off welcoming all and introducing Alex Pearce as the 1st speaker.  Alexs current role is Learning Gateway and ICT Manager at Gt Barr School where he provides the Microsoft Learning Gateway to schools in the local area of Birmingham, UK. His main focus is SharePoint but he also works with all the products in the Microsoft Learning Gateway.
 
Alex presented his top 5 User Adoption tips & tricks – demonstrating techniques that he has used to make the kids & teachers of Great Barr School get into Sharepoint.  These techniques ranged from branding the site with the Gt Barr School look and feel, through to the use of light hearted surveys and custom lists.  Alex demonstrated all of these live in front of the audience and he managed to pull it off – not an easy task when the demo gremlins are in the air.  Q&A followed with a discussion around how to get users to adopt Sharepoint – a cracking idea was to get the Boss blogging and watch the rest of the organisation get on board 🙂
 
The meeting then broke about 19:30 for the obilgatory computer geek pizza buffet and (more unusually) Budweisier beer.  Much Sharepoint networking took place with everyone chatting to everyone in between bites of pizza and swags of Bud.
 
The second half kicked off at 20:00 and featured Mike Watson.  Mike specializes in deploying highly scalable, highly available SharePoint environments with an emphasis on new datacenter trends and technologies.  He was instrumental in planning and deploying Microsoft’s SAAS (Software as a Service) efforts including Microsoft Managed Services and Microsoft Online.
 
Mike was soon into a presentation that he’d given before and which had lasted more than 4 hours – his task was to compress it into a single hour as the Nottingham SharePint event was scheduled to take place as soon as he was done and he didn’t want to stand between 30 SharePoint people and the bar!  He did a cracking job making, what for some (SharePoint devs, designers and users in the main) is a tricky subject.
 
He talked us thorugh how deploying Sharepoint and not forgetting to scale out as required but not to forget that scaleing up has it’s place – less boxes to manage for example.
 
The SUGUK event wrapped up with a Q&A session where Sharepoint swagged (kindly donated by Penny Coventry – Sharepoint MVP) was awarded. 
 
The traditional end to any SUGUK is the SharePint event that follows and the 10th September was no different.  We all decamped to the Broad Oak pub on Strelley Main St and a few pints were shared and much Sharepoint networking took place.
 
We’re planning to hold these SUGUK meetings in Nottingham every couple of months or so and you can find out what we’re up to with the next one by signing up at the suguk website.  There’s no obligation to buy owt, or to post on the forum (lurk in the background if you like) or to attend meetings – all we ask is that if you’re planning to attend a meeting, please add your name to the the list – it lets us gauge how much pizza we need 🙂  We have plans in the pipeline for the next event (speakers, topics etc.) but we’d really like to know what you want to see – so get on the suguk website and post some suggestions – it’s your community – use it! 
 
Don’t keep it to yourself either, the community needs to continue to grow and continually expand, the more you put in the more you’ll get out.  Spread the word, bring your colleagues, tell them what you heard the next day at work,encourage them to come with you, SUGUK will be delighted to see you all.
 
You can follow Alex Pearce, Mike Watson, Penny Coventry, Mark Macrae and me on Twitter:
Alex Pearce @Alex_Pearce
Mke Watson @mikewat
Penny Coventry @pjcov
Mark Macrae @m_macrae
Wor Tony @WorTony
See you in the Twittersphere and the next Nottingham SUGUK event.
 
Wor Tony