Kags Garrard, community coordinator, Sparks

The challenge and community coordinator for Sparks plays fancy dress.

- The best advice I've had

Every day is going to be different in this job and you have to be ready for anything. Last week I was watching two Sparks staff dressed as a pantomime horse competing in a race, and this week I was doing a dance-off with a man dressed in a giant baby costume in a packed nightclub.

- The biggest challenge I've faced

I was asked at the last minute to go up to Scotland to be part of an event team. I got up at 5am and got two tubes, a train, a plane, a taxi, a train and another taxi to get to Stirling, and instead of going straight to bed I was up until midnight doing night orienteering in the mud with a tiny light on my hat.

Over the next few days, I then ran, cycled, got my brain tested and became totally exhausted, while trying to make sure everyone knew about Sparks and what we do. They were some of the funniest, craziest, most tiring few days of my life and I can't wait to do it all again.

- My greatest hit

The best event I have ever been involved with was the London Marathon in 2007. I had spent six months chatting to people over the phone, emailing them and developing relationships with them to the extent that I even got to know when their children's birthdays were.

On the day, I worked at the post-race reception and got to see them all come through looking tired but unbelievably happy after their amazing achievements. I felt so happy and proud of them all. We raised a record amount of £150,000 that year and those people felt more like my friends than participants in our team.

- My worst moment

At this year's London Triathlon the weather was so horrendous that on Saturday night our marquee blew away in the wind. This meant that we spent Sunday huddled up by the side of the race in the cold, torrential rain and strong winds while we tried to shout and cheer on our poor triathletes.

- My top tip

Do everything with a smile on your face and have fun. No matter what is happening in your life, when you are out there fundraising, that is what it should be about.

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