Diary: PR girl’s charity run is struck by a hitch when she’s caught flagging

A host of PR stunts were cancelled or postponed this week because of the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Perhaps no-one breathed a sigh of relief more than Patrick Scott, the giant sized managing director of the 24-hour Weather Channel. For one PR person came up with the idea of sending Scott up in a weather balloon above Tower Bridge on Monday.

A host of PR stunts were cancelled or postponed this week because

of the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Perhaps no-one breathed

a sigh of relief more than Patrick Scott, the giant sized managing

director of the 24-hour Weather Channel. For one PR person came up with

the idea of sending Scott up in a weather balloon above Tower Bridge on

Monday.



A source tells me that he was rather relieved when the idea was

postponed indefinitely.



One event which did go ahead as planned, however, was the second Carlton

London Run in London’s Battersea Park on 2 September.



Carlton Television thought long and hard about continuing with the event

but felt that the money raised for Save the Children from sponsorship of

the runners justified the decision.



The run attracted more than 3,000 runners including a host of

celebrities and PR woman Anna Thomas. Unfortunately, the distance of six

kilometres obviously proved a bit too much for Anna, an account

executive at MacLaurin Communications - she was spotted by a fellow

runner hailing a cab halfway through the event.



Her fellow jogger had no compunction about blowing the whistle on this

little attempt to conserve energy and the embarrassment was compounded

by the fact that all runners were wearing branded bibs. However, boss

Brian MacLaurin saw the funny side although he wouldn’t reveal whether

he had paid up the full sponsorship.



’Let’s just say I made a donation,’ he said.



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