I will run 20 miles, and I will run 20 more

I’ve found it hard to keep training momentum going, through lockdown and the cancellation of the 2020 Cape Wrath Ultra. I’ve transferred my Cape Wrath entry to 2021, so I need to prepare for it. But although I have kept running through the summer, it feels as if I need a kick start to really get ready for another big challenge.

With this in mind, I took a trip to the far north of Scotland to check out the terrain and conditions I’ll be facing. Wow. It’s not going to be easy. I ran on some boggy, uneven ground, and I can see I might be exposed to really variable weather conditions. You can see how it went in the video below.

After I came back from Scotland, I knew I needed to really get going with the preparation. So I’ve designed a 40-mile route, on mixed terrain, to help me do just that. You’re probably aware that I’m hoping to raise money and awareness for the Rainbow Garden Hull when I finally get to run the Cape Wrath Ultra. So I decided to start my run at the Garden, then make my way into the Lincolnshire Wolds, nearer home.

I’ll be setting off from the Garden at 10am on Saturday 3rd October, and hopefully a few of the folks from there will be around to give me a bit of a send off. I’m going to need support, because it’ll be a long run, and it won’t be easy. I’ve been running sections of the Viking Way over the past few weeks in preparation for this, and apart from the challenges of terrain and slope, I’ve found that I also need to beware of getting lost. The route from the Humber Bridge into the wolds looks a little like this:

Keep an eye on this blog, and on my Facebook page and You Tube channel, to find out how this challenge goes. And if you’re in the area, message me on Facebook if you’d like to try and meet me on my route and give me some support. I’m hoping to do the whole run in under 7 hours, so I’ll be able to give you rough estimates of when I’m likely to arrive at various points on the route.

And if you’d like to know more about the Rainbow Garden, visit their website or Facebook page. To support me in supporting them, go to my Just Giving page.

I’m doing all this because I find that running helps me stay well, mentally, emotionally and physically. And I want to support the Rainbow Garden because I know they help other people to do the same. I know the power of physical activity from my running, and I also know how gardening can make you feel better, from my work. I feel privileged to be able to take on these challenges, but it’s always intimidating to set off on a new adventure. Wish me luck for my journey from the garden to the Wolds! I hope it helps set me up for an even bigger challenge in the wilds of Scotland next year.

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