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September So Soon?

Didn’t that Go Quick 🙂 August I mean …. I’m sure there are a few of you out there who are disagreeing right now – especially those who managed to commit and stick to running every single day in August.

Well you can now take a seat, relax those weary legs – the challenge has officially come to an end. So how did we all do?

  • In total as a group we ran 2300 miles
  • 29 runners and walkers lined up on the start line on August 1st.
  • From our runners (20) an pretty amazing total of 8 of us managed to stick to 100%
  • From our walkers (9) 6 managed to stick to 100% (although this could be as high as 8 depending on some last minute totals.
  • Despite this being a 100% challenge those who missed a day here and there still, I think they would agree, have laid more miles down in August than at any previous point before – so for that an amazing achievement as well.
  • Our longest day was actually the last day (even that in itself is a tremendous effort) with just over 140 miles being ran or walked. Smashing effort folks.
  • Fastest mile goes to the speedster Lynne who cracked open a 6 minute 34 mile. I warned her that if she went any faster there may be a rift in the Space Time Continuum.
  • Longest miles on a single day was held by Ruth (a 40 mile ultra).
  • Top three folks in terms of total miles went to Jojo (298, including a marathon just for kicks on his last day), myself (181) and Emily (152). All 100% folks managed to break over 50 miles  which just shows that despite the challenge being a mile a day at least, folks were doing more than this. Cracking Stuff.

With 2300 miles under our belt we as a group would have reached the border of Iran (heading East), Mali (heading South) and if we had headed North, well let’s just say we would have been a tad chilly.

And now the important stuff. You have ran and walked, mostly with a smile on your face, for a month – what’s it all worth to the Great Apes? Well as you know at the beginning of this month I said I’d donate a certain amount to my chosen charity Orangutan Appeal  – and that time has come.

I’m pleased to say that all of your efforts have meant that I’ll be sticking an extra £300 into the appeal which takes my running total (excuse the pun) to almost £1700  !!  Thank you so much. This Charity and the work they do is very close to my heart and each and every penny of this £300 comes from each and every one of you. Amazing effort.

So pleased so many of you came along for the run and for those who managed to stick out for every day – truly amazing.  Expect some video / photo footage to be produced soon 🙂 Yes I have been collecting some of the photos and movie footage you have sent me 🙂

And now for me it’s back to normal training – two events left this year. The Cambridge Ultra (45 miles) on the 26th September and then a week later the Round Ripon Ultra (35 miles – hopefully not 40 after getting lost last year). Still places available in both if you want to enter 🙂

As a final recap the total miles are below – some of these may increase by a few miles here and there but I think I’m pretty much all caught up.

Thanks again ….

Total Miles in August

Total Miles in August

Now … about that Run 366 challenge 😉

Run August Run Is Tomorrow

Despite completing the Thunder Run only this past weekend (write-up pending but you can view a video here) I’m now attempting to run every day in August. See more details on the plan here.

I’ve managed to convince over 20 other people to do it too and for each person who manages it I will donate a certain $$ rate to my charity – The Orangutan Rescue Centre.

Now I won’t be checking up on people but hopefully everyone can stay honest. Remember it’s only a mile per day and even if you shuffle along (as I do in the latter stages of an ultra) you could get your mile down in under 20 minutes.

So you are signed up for this .. what’s next?

  • you need to run at least 1 mile per day for the whole duration of August (1st – 31st)
  • at least every other day update me of your progress … ie what milage you did

And that’s it .. simples really 🙂

Really can’t wait to see everyone’s progress and hopefully at the end of the month raise a good deal of money for the charity.

The Runners and Riders

The Runners and Riders

Run August Run

So as many of you know I like to set myself the odd challenge or two. All in the name of a very good cause.

In just over 1 week I’ll be taking on the second of my 4 major challenges in 2013 – The Adidas ThunderRun (24 hours running around a 10k loop in Birmingham). I’m really looking forward to that event as it gives me the chance to not only put some good miles in but hopefully use the second half of the course to try out some new kit / food / running mantra without too much of a risk .. ie I should never be more than 10k from the camp site (unless I get lost)

Once that’s over my next event isn’t until the end of the September and while I had already planned to use that extended gap to put in some serious training I had started to think I needed to set myself a bit of a challenge for August.

And that’s where you could come in 🙂

You see I’m going to plan to run every day in August – taking inspiration from Coach Jeff and his Run for the Sun (now I believe in its third year)

And how can you help? Well while I’m running all these events for Charity I’ve not put too much of my own cash in so far (plenty of blood, sweat, tears and pork pies  .. but not that much $$). At the same time it can be difficult to continually ask friends and family for sponsorship (it’s one of the reasons why my calls out are few and far between)

So with both of those factors in mind I’d like you to join me…. Do you think you could run at least 1 mile every day in August?

For everyone who completes it I’ll donate an amount of cash – I already have an amount in mind I’d like to donate so won’t set myself at this stage any targets (I can just this this post going viral and 10,000 people signing up and Nicola beating me to a pulp with my own running shoe)

So there you go …. Run at least 1 mile every day in August (you can run more but it has to be at least 1 mile and it has to be every day) . Document your progress via a Google Spreadsheet I’ll have going soon and then at the end of it you can all be happy knowing that not only did you do some epic running, but you are helping a very worthwhile cause.

Let me know via email, by leaving a comment below or via FaceBook.

And don’t think you need to be an experienced runner to get on this – perhaps this could be the kick start you needed to get yourself some running mojo (and in doing so a healthier lifestyle)