I have broken into ultra marathon territory this weekend with a gruelling 45km / 28mile trail run with the machine of a wingman, George Lewis.
The run took a mind boggling 6 hours and 35 minutes, climbing a total of 400 metres and burning in excess of 4000 calories but with the beautiful backdrop of the Oxfordshire countryside.
We reached the 16 mile mark at 3 hours 30 minutes and thought we were on track for a strong finishing time however the second half was an entirely different kettle of fish with the final 11 miles taking 3 hours to complete.
With the 66 mile ultra on the Isle of Wight looming this weekend has been a serious wake up call. Long runs alone will not prepare me for this challenge and I will now have to commit time to the gym for some serious leg & core strength training.
For anyone new to this blog, my father died of cancer on 30th May 2015 and I wanted to do something significant in his memory and whilst doing so raise money for Sobell House Hospice Charity, an Oxford based palliative care hospice who looked after him so well in his final days and Cancer Research UK, a cancer research and awareness charity in the UK.
I have committed to complete the following challenges in 2017:
- The Isle of Wight Challenge, a 100km run around the Isle of Wight
- The Rat Race Coast to Coast Challenge, a 168km run, bike & kayak through the Scottish Highlands.
- Chase The Sun, a 300 km cycling challenge across England.
- Give up alcohol for 2017.
For those who have already contributed or pledged, thank you, and for anyone interested you can contact me directly on email with a pledge to email@example.com or donate directly on my Virgin Money Giving page at Hall2017Donate
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