In The Media
I have been lucky enough to tell my story a few times in the media. Here are some of them
I am still updating this page slowly, so come back to see the updates :-)
Yep.. It is all about me me me me.. but hopefully you will see that the story is more important. Unfortunately, this is my journey so it is hard to get away from the weird old guy with the beard and wrinkles haha
Runner's World NL
Oh my.. this is such a moment of joy for me.
I am able to tell my plogging story in a 6 page spread in Runners World magazine (May 2021, NL edition)
The magazine is so special to me as it was in 2019 as a result of being in their Dream Team that I made the decision to pick up trash on each and every run.
Ramiro wrote the piece and captured my nederlish (not Dutch and not English) language perfectly
He titled the piece Creatief Tegengif (creative antidote) and that is a perfect title. I try and be positive, creative and energetic to encourage positive change on social media, but during the pandemic it has been the saving light of joy that helps me personally battle the mental trauma this situation has caused.
SUPmission - 1st Event
SUPmission held their first clean-up paddleboard event of 2021, and I tagged along. It is a great event if you are in Haarlem (first Friday of the month).
More info here: .supmission.org
Although this time I didn't go in the water and paddleboard, I did plog along the bankside and got quite a lot collected.
Haarlem.Nieuws.NL were there and I had a chat with them at the start (in Dutch!)
To kick off the first event, SUPmission invited a few of us Haarlem trashwarriors and non-profit organisations to join in, and the link will take you to all the interviews from the meetup. Cool!
OMG.. I am on the BBC News website!
Ok ok ok ok.. it isn't an article on me but rather they accepted my photo for the photo challenge called "My hobbies"
But I was so thrilled for it to be accepted and included.
It also gives me a chance to say.. while technically I do have two hobbies (running and plogging) I would rather just have the running one!
You might recognise the photo from my website homepage.. I love that photo. Just like all the photos you see on my Instagram page.. it is actually a selfie!
Q&A with me.. eeek!
I love the Burgess family behind Just1Bag2020 .. They originally wanted to get 2020 bags of trash collected by people using the hashtag #just1bag2020.
But it grew and grew.. their goal is now 20000 bags (achieved) from 2020 people (currently on 1500 - so join in if you can!)
For the Q&A they asked me a few questions and put it on their site.. they had some fun questions!! So thrilled to be highlighted amongst 1500 incredible people!
Report by a student journalist.. love this!
As a result of the RTL Nieuws article, a couple of people contacted me for an interview.
This one filled me with joy.. a student studying at journalistiekwindesheim asked for me to explain what I do and why.
I loved the article.
Now, Daphne.. get famous so that I can tell my grandkids about the time you interviewed me!
NPO Radio 1: Stax & Toine
Single Use Masks - Litter
I was really thrilled to be interviewed for NPO Radio 1 to talk about the increasing number of masks I find.
I was put forward by Supporter van Schoon - they have seen how many I pick up at the moment. Together with the Plastic Soup Foundation, they have started a new campaign to draw attention to the problem. Masks are so important in protecting us in 2020, but we need to switch to reusable masks to avoid the future plastic pollution problem I am finding on our streets.
The campaign uses the hashtag #mondkapjegeenzwerfkapje
The interview aired on the Stax&Toine program 20/10/20 @15:24:22 .. but I have a recording at the bottom of this page (click on the View More button)
The Dopper Wave
Dopper is a fantastic Dutch reuseable water bottle company, with a mission to end single use water bottles.
They want people to take a simple pledge to that effect and created this beautiful film about it.
They asked for people to tell their connected stories and I was one of the lucky ones chosen and am alongside some truly wonderful people.
Stephen Runs Vegan Podcast
It's a Waye of Life
My first podcast!
I met Stephen as part of a group of people starting up a Parkrun in Haarlem (more news on that to follow)
Such a great person and so thrilled to be invited to blab on about myself (which I love to do hahaha.. but this website probably gives you that clue too haha)
Give it a listen
It was recorded at the start of the lockdown
In The Moment magazine
Article on Plogging
In the Moment (Oct 2019)
In the Moment Magazine published a lovely article on plogging in their Oct 2019 edition.
The article written by Abigail Whyte talks about the basics of plogging and her experience trying it out.
She was kind enough to include some plogging tips and tricks I gave her during a Skype call. I didn't know anything about the magazine beforehand, but it is a lovely find.
GoFundMe & a Rescue
On the day that this happened: a good deed (which is for me a defining moment in my plogging activities), I got a call from NH Nieuws
Me: "Ooh, that is so cool, you want to know about the security box I found and returned to a 92yr old!"
NHNieuws: "Err.. what security box? We are calling about the GoFund page"
And so they combined both stories.
I am so proud I could help the 92yr old after a traumatic event and felt a way to 'deserve' the GoFund page that was set up. I know.. I am bit of a complex person
Plogging in Haarlem
The local Haarlem glossy magazine is doing a series of features on locals who are trying to make an impact on the environment and keep it litter-free.
This month (edition 73), they featured me and Bin185 (my partner in crime).
Such a cool article series that is really shinning a light on a lot of wonderful people (myself excluded of course; I'm just a grumpy old man)
Interview by Bert Pessink
I got interviewed for hardlopen.nl by Bert Pessink!
Bert is the voice that many dutch runners will recognise at the finish line of so many races in NL. So this was quite a thrill.
I got a bit nerdy during our call - I love (absolutely love) talking about plogging, but my passion remains running. So the chance to geek out of running is a thrill. bert did a great job of filtering that out hahaha
What is plogging
Not so much an interview, but Iron Roots asked me to do a short article on plogging for their website.
Iron Roots are one of the wonderful companies that help me in my endeavours. See here.
Hopefully, you will find the article both interesting and informative. Let me know!
Plogging from London to Haarlem
I got contacted by D66 (Dutch political party) to talk about plogging and what I think about Haarlem.
What I really loved is that they were really open to say that I am not a D66 voter at present; to be honest I have yet really to decide (I only became eligible to vote here last year).
The article is in Dutch
It is so nice to have this opportunity to explain plogging and my story on this platform, and to talk a bit about Haarlem - the place that has been my home for over 18 years.
In de buurt: Haarlem
Plogging and a Virtual Run
An awesome article in the local media hub In De Buurt.
In it, I talk about my experiences with using the nnrunning app to run a virtual half marathon. It was so much fun!
But whenever anyone wants to talk to me, I find a way to get plogging in there heehee.
The article is in Dutch.
I am always so thrilled when anyone wants to listen to my plogging stories :-)
Dopper - Wavemaker
OMG. I felt like a movie star for the day and then they gave me this.
Dopper wanted to show the story behind the people in their campaign, and so they made this about me (their YouTube site shows the others too).
This very short film is film really beautifully and tells my story.
Blikje voor blikje (can by can)
Just while I was out plogging one day a wonderful journalist from the local paper spotted me.
We got talking and she did this awesome article in the paper about plogging etc..
The article isn't online but was from 1st Feb 2020
Eindhoven Marathon Plogging Run
What a fantastic day. And 213 kg of trash taken off the streets.
I would love to see more races take this initiative soon
They used one of my GoPro films on their site :-)
A huge thank you to all the organisers.
Running for a Cleaner World
Shortly after the NH Niewuws article on my koningsdag plog (Kings Day Plog), I was asked for a longer interview. Tim and I had a load of fun doing this!
This is when I first started saying that the beauty of plogging is that everyone can do it. It doesn't take a new law to be passed or funding from government. You just bend down and pick it up, making an immediate impact.
I learnt an important lesson.. when being interviewed, don't stand next to someone who looks like Thor.. otherwise you end up looking like a little old wizard haha
Go Fund Me a Bike?!
This is a strange thing to put here, but it deserves a place because of the amazing thing Daan (plogsack) and Steef (natuurlijksteef) have done.
A couple of days after my birthday, our shed caught fire. We lost decades of memories and for me personally, two bikes I loved and used to plog, to commute and to get to events (they weren't some I just used for sport)
I will let Daan and Steef tell the story further, with one extra comment - I want to celebrate everyone's kindness by putting the names of the donators on the frame. A true celebration
Big Plastic Pledge
The olympics are a hugely important event for me. Seeing such incredible performances by sportspeople is inspiring.
I believe in one world, but firmly believe events like this help that view, when done right.
It is all about making a better and cleaner environment by sportspeople, through sports.
That is such a perfect alignment to my own views, so to have an article on their site is so wonderful.
Year round up
OMG, I was in a round up of the year!
Seriously, that is so weird!!.
To think that the local round up of news for 2020 includes by Dutch Mountain Marathon. So thrilled.
Now, the bar is set for 2021! hahah
What is cool is that while I did collect trash on the DMM, the focus was on running. Where my real passion and love lies.
I went national! On the bloomin' news!
Blimey! That all happened so quickly!
I got contacted by RTL Nieuws in NL to see if I wanted to talk about the number of masks I plog. It was especially relevant as masks are becoming law today (1st Dec) in closed spaces.
It was such a wonderful experience, and so great for this subject to get airtime at a national level.
OMG, can I say "as seen on TV" now?!!
And they covered in in three places
1. Instagram (click here)
2. Website (click here)
3. TV (click here) - uitzending gemist starts at 3:45 - not sure how long this link remains active
Thank you RTL Nieuws for covering this topic!
NuOceans Spotify Podcast
Blimey, I'm on Spotify! haha
NuOceans are a great startup company that want to make flipflops from recycled waste (fishing nets, old flipflops etc). And even better; they are looking at doing a cyclic scheme so that you can send the old one back and upgrade to a new one. Cool!
In this podcast, they let me ramble on about myself like I always do! Enjoy!
This is my second podcast. Not sure if I am getting better at them or not, but I certainly love doing them!
Ghost 13 RunVisible Review
RunX in Haarlem is my favourite running shop.
How much do I love it?
Every time I have gone into town this year (not a lot due to COVID) I have always stopped by at least to just say "Hi!".
So I was thrilled to be asked to try out the Brooks Ghost 13 and write a review about it (I had never run in it before!)
Dutch Mountain Marathon
This was completely unexpected. NH Nieuws spotted my crazy Dutch Mountain Marathon attempt on Strava (I ran up a small hill 42times/44km) and they made an article from it on their website.. I got to appear on their sports section! hahaha.. crazy
They did their usual brilliant twist on my craziness hahaha
They used my GoPro footage.
I observed all social distancing recommendations.
Estafette Vlog - A Day in the Life
Runner's World (NL) have a series called Estafette Vlog on the YT channel.
They asked me along to give an insight into a normal Sunday
It is worth watching just to hear my awful Dutch! hahaha
So thrilled to have a continued connection with this wonderful group of people.
Runner's World NL
RW DreamTeam 2019
What a journey!.. I did photo shoots with Bibi Veth, and appeared in 6 of their editions (I bought thousands of copies hahaha)
But best of all.. I found friends for life.
A truly blessed experience.
Kings Day Plogging!
This was so cool.. I was just doing a regular plog when I was spotted by an NH Nieuws reporter, who did this spontaneous film/interview.
Well, I say regular plog, but it was koningsdag (Kings Day) so everyone dresses up in orange.
I love the film style it has a ManBijtHond / LittleBritain feel! haha
The interview is in Dutch (my Yoda-esque Dutch)