June, 2014

30 June
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I feel like Victoria Pendleton is becoming my personal trainer

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To encourage commuters to run home, me and my friend Ashley James did a 6 mile run led by World and Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton to kick start Fitness First home run initiative. I’ve done a spin class led by Pendleton before so now that we’ve ran together too, I feel like she’s somewhat becoming my personal trainer. Having just cycled 71 miles the day before, the initial topic of my conversation with Victoria related to bums, namely mine, which was terribly sore. I asked how on earth she did it? As a professional cyclist surely her backside must be hurting all the time?!  The secret is cycle more, and your derrière gets used to it. Simple. Cheeky chat over, we limbered up ready for our 6 mile run and were on our way.

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We took in all the sights, through the busy streets of Camden, past the Arsenal Football stadium all the while chatting, panting, sweating… When we crossed the finish line I took some sweaty pictures before heading home in what I’m referring to as my “post race gift”, a taxi.

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Musicals aren’t really my thing but when I got invited to see  the musical production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Rufus Hound and Robert Lindsey, I couldn’t resist. I went along with comedian Joe Lycett and what I was initially dreading turned out to be a really fun show. It was fantastically camp, hilarious throughout and Rufus Hound sings in it… Like, really well! Who knew?!

In other news, I popped along to the London Gay Pride parade on Saturday and participated with campaigners, students, health organisers, friends in what was a very special day. There were dance and street artists performing, really impressive floats and I met a man who had the most amazing head piece on. I need it!

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Cheerio!

AJ Odudu

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23 June
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Festifeel-ing it and a bike ride like the movies

So last week included fun, music and boobs as I headed to Festifeel, a festival organised by breast cancer awareness charity, Coppafeel. It was curated by Fearne Cotton so naturally there was a cracking line up of acts including Zane Lowe, Swim Deep, Rizzle Kicks and so many more. I even managed to cup Lianne La Havas’s jugs so yes…be jealous.

From boobs to bikes I finally embarked on my 71-mile bike ride with my friend James Hill, in order to raise money for Action Medical Research. Weeks of preparation obviously paid off as neither I nor James broke a sweat! OK that’s a lie but the Chiltern Hills in Oxfordshire were so beautiful that at times, I thought I was on the set of a rom/com movie!

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The hill climbs were tough, and being in the countryside did prompt a few major hay fever episodes but knowing that we were doing it for such a great cause was motivation enough.

At the end of the 8.5 hour cycle I was left with a medal, a huge pat on the back, nostrils filled with pollen and one very sore bottom, not to mention all of your donations. Thanks for everyone’s support so far.

In other news, my Hoxton Radio show is in full swing so tune and listen live every Wednesday 1-3pm.

Tarrah for now.

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Bike ride

AJ Odudu

Twitter: @AJOdudu
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Listen to my Hoxton Radio Show here: www.hoxtonradio.com
Support my cycle for Action Medical Research here: www.action.org.uk/sponsor/AJandJimmy

16 June
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Kicking off the World Cup at a pink-themed pop-up bar

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Struggling to fit your beauty regime around the World Cup? Fear not. Benefit Cosmetics have got it sussed. I attended the launch of their pop up pub for women in Covent Garden, which will be showing all World Cup games. It’s not explicitly for girls, I chatted to Jim Chapman there for example, but it is feminine to say the least. Pink dart boards, pink football tables all whilst getting your hair and make up done. Football, pub, grub and make up? Goal!

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Then, providing the beautiful footwear was Schuh at their very own house party. Annie Mac’s Mac n Cheese, photo booths, great tunes, the football was on (of course) and there was even a waterfall of trainers! What’s not to love about that?

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Next stop, Barcelona! Despite the obvious temptation of lying on a beach with a cocktail all day, I’ve actually managed to squeeze in some lovely bike rides and runs in preparation for my DIVA bike ride for Action Medical Research this Sunday. Pat on the back for me!

Thanks to all who have sponsored my 70 odd mile cycle challenge so far. Please continue to do so.

Lots of tapas flavoured love.

AJ Odudu

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02 June
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I got to meet the beautiful Lily Cole this week for a great cause

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This week I managed to squeeze in a Bodyism work out session at my local gym in preparation for my 76 mile DIVA bike ride in less than 20 days. EEK! I’m definitely getting stronger; I achieved my first ever pull up this week so obviously I made sure I had photographic evidence of this. Girl power!

I also popped along to Hoxton Hotel to chat to the beautiful Lily Cole about her partnership with ethical footwear label Veja to create a lovely range of trainers.

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Drawing inspiration from her time in the Amazon, Lily has created a range of kicks that are not only at one with nature, but they’re fun and pretty too. What’s more is that £10 from each pair bought goes straight to the Rainforest Rescue Project. If that’s not a good excuse to go shopping, I don’t know what is. #tapfortrainers

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You can watch footage from today’s launch right here on my YouTube channel.

In other news, I’m proud to announce that I will now be part of the Hoxton Radio family with my own radio show launching this Wednesday from 1-3pm. Tune in and send all your music playlist requests to me s’il vouz plait. Have a great week.

Tarrah,

AJ Odudu

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Get the trainers here: rainforestrescue.sky.com/our-campaign/news-and-blogs/news/rainforest-sole-mate
Follow the campaign on Twitter @SkyRainforest

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