Introduction to Silverstone Race Maker

I thought I would introduce you to one of my passions, as some of you know I am a massive fan of motorsports, mainly Formula 1 but also British Touring Car Championship and World Endurance Championship. Before 2014, I had never attended a motorsports championship at Silverstone, a circuit that I constantly drove past whenever I went to my uncle’s.

It wasn’t until I saw Silverstone advertising their Race Maker program that I thought, I should definitely apply for that! It would be a dream come true if I attended an event at Silverstone, I know I lived six hours away and couldn’t drive but I thought why not. You never know unless you apply. My mum threw all sorts of questions at me when I told her I wanted to apply, like how will you get there, where will you live?

I just replied saying, I might not even get it. When I received that email to say can I travel to Silverstone to have an interview, I was over the moon, straight away telling dad that he needs to take me to Silverstone. It also meant my first time visiting Silverstone would be with my dad, who also wanted to visit the circuit but never had free time with his job. Trying to drive from the main gate to the Wing took forever!

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It did feel that sooner or later we would just appear on the circuit, I kept asking dad if we were going the correct way. Of course, I wouldn’t be writing this if I didn’t pass the interview, something I thought would never happen, as I was only working part-time and still in full-time education! What skills did I have that would make me a good candidate, there must have been something.

I will never forget the joy I had when I received that good news, I know I made dad feel very jealous! The Silverstone Race Maker program was set up in 2013, it is a program made up of passionate volunteers who all come from different backgrounds and nationalities. Some of us have a passion for motorsports, whereas some of us just like volunteering.

You’re probably thinking what is a Race Maker, well the easy way to describe it would be we’re the friendly face of Silverstone. We need to be approachable people so visitors of Silverstone know they can approach us for anything. Currently, there are two job roles, Customer Services and Grandstand Steward, these are pretty self-explanatory really and I’m lucky enough to be able to do both roles.

Silverstone British GP

These past four years have been amazing and something I would treasure always. I can’t explain how lucky I am, especially now that my dad does it as well. Since I started I have attended four British Grand Prix, two British Touring Car Championship, the Moto GP, World Series by Renault and World Endurance Championship.

I would love to attend more events within the year but the timings have not been correct, but now I only live 45minutes away, I think I’m definitely going to be attending more. Throughout the four years, there are definitely a lot of memories I will always treasure, first up it will be all the drivers I have met who are all very friendly and even talkative.

My favourite driver I have met must be the most smiley man I know Daniel Ricciardo who currently races for Red Bull Racing in Formula 1. I support Daniel every single race weekend and if I could, I would talk for hours with him as he’s soo friendly. At the 2014 British Grand Prix, I met Jules Bianchi who sadly lost his life after an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix later that season.

Silverstone Bianchi

This is something I would treasure always as to this day, I still can not believe I met him! Another driver I was lucky to meet was Max Chilton during the World Endurance Championship, I managed to get access to Nissan’s hospitality after asking one of the team members if Max was inside. He just replied saying you won’t be able to grab anything from inside, I was only interested in meeting Max.

I was a little worried about approaching him but when he said yes to a photo and was really friendly, my nerves faded away! The reason I love being a Race Maker is that you are a part of a massive family, I have met some amazing people through this scheme, some I would even call good friends. A lot of people are quite surprised to hear that I don’t get paid to be a Race Maker.

We are all volunteers and we are there because we love it. This is the main reason I do it, you are always meeting new people and the visitors are really good fun, if you get along with them, then you’ll be fine! You’ve got to be a very good people person. I also love it that no day is the same, every day I’ve been a Race Maker it’s different from the previous.

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I know there’s a lot of you out there that love motorsports or even just love volunteering if this is something that appeals to you, you should definitely apply! I’m telling you in advance about this scheme, with the opening date not being until next year because you need to get in early and shine as the scheme is becoming more and more popular each year.

You can keep up to date over on their official website with more information or even on their Twitter and Facebook.

I hope you have enjoyed this post! I hope I’ve been able to describe the scheme well enough and I hope I haven’t made too many of you jealous. I know the people I speak about this would love to do it themselves.

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National Milk Chocolate Day

Today is a very exciting day, if you know me, you’ll know exactly how much I just love chocolate! Friday 28 July is National Milk Chocolate Day, for one day of the year, you’ve got a good excuse to pick up some chocolate and of course, eat it, very exciting right. Don’t worry if you’re on a diet, make the most of today and have some of your favourite milk chocolate to celebrate.

There are many different ways to celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day, maybe you could go to your local cafe and order a scrumptious hot chocolate or even bake a chocoholic’s dream cake. You could even pick up some of your favourite chocolate bars and have a movie night in with some of your friends. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve recently moved to Aylesbury.

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The Liebster Award

It’s always amazing when you’re tagged in an award, earlier this year you might remember that I was nominated for The Liebster Award by the lovely Steph from Juniper Daze as well as Zara from Its All Zara. Well, at the end of June I found out that Charlotte from DBBloggerxoxo nominated me for The Liebster Award… I know, again!! I am massively thankful to Charlotte for nominating me, it means the world to me, especially as recently I’ve started to fall in love with her writing and blog! I really do aspire to her blog, as it’s gorgeous, especially her photographs, they are perfect and you should be very proud Charlotte!

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Cover Reveal // 88° North by J. F. Kirwan

Today I am super excited to be celebrating with all of you the cover reveal for 88° North by J. F. Kirwan, that will be released 14 December 2017 from HarperCollins. At the moment, I am reading 66 Metres, the first book in the Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller Series, as I am getting ready for the 37 Hours Blog Tour next month. Before we get started, I’m going to give you a little information about the book and author.

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Blood Bank Blog Tour

I am soo excited to show you today’s post! It’s a special one as if you have followed An Ocean Glimmer for a while, you’ll know that I don’t normally post on a Saturday but this weekend is the Weekend Blitz for Blood Bank by Zoë Markham, a blog tour hosted by the amazing Neverland Blog Tours. I am really hoping to have a book review as a regular monthly feature on my blog, let me know in the comments if you like these! I adore reading but it’s not been until recently that I’ve actually had the chance, so I’m taking advantage.

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Juniper Daze Designs

There are so many different Etsy shops that you can browse for pretty much anything, notebooks, stickers, planner essentials, what ever you can think of, there maybe someone who creates it. Recently I came across Juniper Daze Designs, an Etsy shop created by Steph Whyte from Juniper Daze. I follow Steph on Twitter and I absolutely LOVE her blog, so I jumped at the chance to have a look at her shop.

Her shop isn’t even a month old yet, so it’s still pretty fresh! I know of a few bloggers who own a Etsy shop, which is pretty cool as I don’t think I could run a blog, shop and work part-time! Steph is quite a crafty person, so the idea to open a shop was quite easy, as she wanted to share this with the rest of the world. As well as creating a lot of DIY crafty pieces for her own wedding.

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Life Update – I’m Back!

Good news guys, I am back! I’m sorry for not being around the whole of May, there’s been a lot going on in my life. If you follow me on either Twitter or Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve officially finished university! Woop, woop! This is another reason for not blogging, but I am pleased to say, there will be one post at least once a week.

You may be lucky and have two, all depending on if I’ve got good content to produce for you. Another big milestone in my life currently is the big move! Now, my Dad has officially left the Royal Navy, which means as a family we have to move as we live in a Navy property. Meaning, we are moving five hours up the road! I live in Plymouth, a city in the South West, my family all live in the Midlands.

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5 Things I Love About The Body Shop

Recently I’ve become addicted to browsing around The Body Shop and looking at all their different products, they have soo much on offer for different people with all kinds of skin conditions. It’s stretched so far that even the partner has fallen in love with their Body Butter and is always smelling of a different fruit!

I thought I would share with you today why exactly I love The Body Shop, so without further ado let’s begin.

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March Favourites

I can not believe how fast 2017 is going! One minute it was 1 March and now March is finished and April is in full swing. That means a wrap up of my favourite things from March. For me, March was pretty busy as I traveled a lot during the month, first I went to London for an interview for a Magazine Training Course with Press Association.

I had a lovely time in London, I was only there for a day but as the interview was in the morning, I was able to spend the afternoon sightseeing! Which I loved as I haven’t had a stroll around London in a while, when I went for my Autosport interview for the Junior Programme I was busy all day. Press Association is based a ten minute walk from Buckingham Palace, so I jumped at the chance to visit there.

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Artemis & Xena February 2017

Subscription Boxes are becoming more popular amongst everyone, as no matter what your interests are, I guarantee there will be a box out there for you. As you know, I am subscribed to Infinity Crates, a crate filled with entertainment goodness. I love receiving this every month, as I never know what I’m going to receive until I open it up.

I came across a new Subscription Box, Artemis & Xena, I immediately fell in love as I love the concept of the box. Ani founded Artemis & Xena after struggling with her mental well-being as a teenager and during the first year of University. A change of thinking and lifestyle helped her to get through her difficulties, therefore she wants to help other women who may be facing difficulties too using what helped her.

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