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Run August Run – Nearing The Finish Line

Goodness me, only three days to go (including today) in our #RunAugustRun Challenge. Can you believe (if you are still with us) that you have managed to run on 28 consecutive days – that is just amazing !

Last post left us in Romania, and today I pleased to report that we have almost cleared the Black Sea and are close to the coastal shores of Turkey. That is pretty amazing folks – we are in fact as a group less than 50 miles from Turkey which would take us to 2000 miles !!!! 

WOW What A Journey

WOW What A Journey

So how many are left at 100%? Well I have to sadly report that since our last update a number have missed at least one day – never fear though they continue to run on for the project adding important miles to our journey. The drop rate proves two things, just how difficult a commitment it can be to run every day for a whole month, and of course in doing so how extra amazing those are who are have kept it up.

Some extra statistics for you

  • 1955 miles to date (this figure will increase as I know there are a few to check in from previous days)
  • Longest day to date is now the 24th when we clocked up just over 105 miles. It would have been more but a few of our long runners had the following day down as their long run.
  • Our longest weekend was this past weekend when we clocked up an amazing 195 miles
  • We had our fastest mile challenge and for those who have reported in I can announce that this prize goes to the speedster Lynne Anderson – a 6min 34 seconds (verified by picture).
  • A number of us have broken through the 100 miler marker, and even those who said at the start would be running a mile per day are nearing (or have already) broken 50 miles – that’s more than 1 mile a day so just fantastic !!
  • The crazy French Man Jojo continues to streak ahead with some amazing running and a grand total so far of 236 miles (with a few days of confirmation still to come!) Amazing mate, simply amazing !

So as we near the end of the challenge I wonder how everyone is doing – perhaps posting a little chart will help to motivate everyone to crack on and reach certain targets.

The Running Totals

The Running Totals

As you can see a number of us are close to certain milestones, 50 miles, 150 miles and even 200 miles … 3 days to go 🙂

All I have to say is how impressed I am with everyones commitment – even those who for one reason or another have had to miss a day or two. The important thing is that you started, and you continue to run, which in turn will add a few extra $$ onto the totals for my charity and that after all is what this is all about.

So there you go – 3 days to go, the next (and final update) will be upon completion. Please take a check on the numbers above and let me know if you think I’m wide of the mark with you total – it’s been a challenge in itself to keep up with everyone.

Thank you again for your efforts here – it’s very very much appreciated.

As a side note – Sunday 8th September, if you are free for a beer in town (Cambridge). I’m not going to organise lunch as such (but people can eat if they do choose to)

1pm – All Bar One, Cambridge.

Hope to see as many of you there as possible – partners welcome of course (although we will make them run every day in September !)

Run August Run – 5 Day Update

Wow … in fact WOW ! So many people, including a lot of folks who would not normally class themselves as runners have been checking in to confirm their runs – although we say at least a mile, most folks have covered more than this on at least a few occasions. Well done to each and every one of you who have taken this challenge on.

Some basic stats

  • We started with 31 runners
  • At the time of writing 18 have confirmed daily runs (I expect this to rise as a number of folks only check in every few days and give me several days of updates)
  • So far (1st – 5th August) for confirmed runs we have a total of 367 miles (or 14.1 marathons in old money)
  • Our biggest milage day so far was 96 (2nd) …
  • Our longest day runner so far was the amazing Ruth Goddard-McWilliams who managed a staggering 40 miles as part of her Grim Reaper Ultra – well done that girl I don’t think anyone will top that
  • Our top three runners in terms of total miles covered so far (confirmed check-ins) is Ruth (42), myself (27) and Dave Fawnker (20)

So just how far is 367 miles … well if we all left Cambridge in a big crazy flying machine (which would be full of ice cream and cider) and headed east … we would currently be having a little pit stop in Minden (Germany). Find out more about this place here. Have a little bit of an explore, perhaps dip your aching toes into the River Weser, but don’t stay too long – the Big Monkey Flying machine is rumbling up her engines .. we be putting some more miles down over the next few days as we continue our journey east 🙂

Cambridge - Minden (367 miles)

Cambridge – Minden (367 miles)

So what’s next ? Well in the next few days I’ll put together all the stats and publish. This event was never about competition … but I’m sure there will be a few of us who use it as further motivation to get out there and run.

Also how about a few little friendly competitions .

  • Around the middle of the month (and making sure to give everyone plenty of notice) we will have a fastest mile competition
  • How about to see who takes the prize for the most miles per day
  • Then of course we have to have a prize for the craziest running related story and/or picture during your training (we really want to see those pictures)
  • And of course our biggest day to date is 96 miles … we will try and push beyond that .. do you think we could break 150? (again plenty of notice that it will be our long day together run)

Don’t forget to keep posting your confirmed runs and make sure to tag it #runaugustrun so we can get a visible timeline on Facebook. I’m also planning a Google Hang Out at least once during the month .. if you don’t know what a Google Hangout is then check this out.

Really proud of all of you .. you may look at your miles and say .. but I’m only doing a mile or so a day … well it’s a mile further than those who choose to sit on their sofa and for that both myself and the Great Apes salute you ….

You guys rock !