To those who know me will know what a big deal this is…. I have agreed to run 5k in April. Those who think this is not a big deal, please read on. The full challenge will be revealed …….
The Challenge: By Dom Dalton
I will be attempting to run from John O’Groats to Lands End, along a 1000 mile (1,609km) route snaking across the UK, in 20 consecutive days. I will be covering an average of 50 miles a day and by the time I reach Lands End I will have completed 38.5 marathons (or three-hundred and twenty-two 5K runs). I am estimating, based on previous experience, that I will be spending roughly 14 hours a day on the road, notching up a total of 280 hours running and burning more than 120,000 calories.
The primary goal of this run is to raise as much money as possible for my two selected charities, Alzheimer’s Society and Help for Heroes, but I am also hopeful that my personal challenge will provide the backdrop to a bigger fundraising effort from people joining in along the way. I am looking to organise a series of mass participation 5K races en route in the cities of York, Milton Keynes and London. If the demand is there, I will look to arrange more in Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham. The entry fee for these races will be minimal (approx £7) and all proceeds will be evenly split between my two chosen charities. I am also encouraging participants to raise sponsorship of their own, for the charities of their choice.
Similarly, anybody who wishes to join me for more than 5 kilometres- be it a 10K, a half marathon, marathon or even a full day, I will be encouraging to jump on the fundraising bandwagon. The power of a mass fundraising effort is far greater than any solo challenge and I am convinced that this could provide a unique opportunity to raise some serious money, for some incredibly worthy causes. In the process, we may also inspire a few people to get up off their sofa and do some exercise, which in my eyes can only be a good thing.
I have listed below things that people can assist with should they wish:
Assistance required: (if you can help with any of the below, or know someone who can, please email me a at Dom.Dalton@UK.Nestle.com
Fellow Runners/ Cyclists/ Support Vehicles/ People waiting in the pub with supplies- get in touch!
Corporate sponsorship: anyone who may know of potential kit sponsors, hotel providers or any other corporate sponsors, please email me at Dom.Dalton@UK.Nestle.com
Physiotherapists- any physio en route would be greatly appreciated!
Day 1: 18/03/2012 John O’ Groats to Helmsdale Day 2: 19/03/2012 Helmsdale to Alness Day 3: 20/03/2012 Alness to Aviemore Day 4: 21/03/2012 Aviemore to Pitlochry Day 5: 22/03/2012 Pitlochry to Dunblane Day 6: 23/03/2012 Dunblane to Edinburgh Day 7: 24/03/2012 Edinburgh to Jedburgh Day 8: 25/03/2012 Jedburgh to Newcastle Day 9: 26/03/2012 Newcastle to Yarm Day 10: 27/03/2012 Yarm to York Day 11: 28/03/2012 York to Manchester Day 12: 29/03/2012 Manchester to Stafford Day 13: 30/03/2012 Stafford to Coventry Day 14: 31/03/2012 Coventry to Milton Keynes Day 15: 01/04/2012 Milton Keynes to Shepherds Bush Day 16: 02/04/2012 Shepherds Bush to Winchester Day 17: 03/04/2012 Winchester to Poole Day 18: 04/04/2012 Poole to Ware Day 19: 05/04/2012 Ware to Tavistock Day 20: 06/04/2012 Tavistock to Truro Day 21: 07/04/2012 Truro to Lands End
To read the whole of Dom’s blog, please follow the link – http://run1000milesin20days.blogspot.de/