Challenge is 10% complete… run #7,8,9 & 10

10% Complete #7,8,9 and 10

Sunday 24th January: 1:40′.17″

Half #7 done, my second fastest time this year so far, was very warm and tough going even on an easy course, not surprised, I’ve ran 33 miles in four days including a sub20′ parkrun !

The good news is that I’m having three days rest, plenty of stretching and one strength training session.

Planned to run two 10.5k Β laps, but first lap was too short so I had to add extras on second one, in Castlefields and in town centre.

Before my run I spotted Scott running and Jo in Greenfields and during warm up Narin, Silvia on Km 1, then Jordan gave me a toot along Smithfield Rd on Km 7.

Β On km 9 I ran for a couple of hundred meters with a regular parkrunner, but can’t think of his name and saw him again later along the river!Β 

Rick was having a relaxing stroll with his family in the Quarry and cheered me on, that was on km 15, he deserves the rest after amazing PB at parkrun yesterday πŸ™‚

Another number added on my wall planner, just 1218 miles to go πŸ™‚

Planning to run next one on Thursday.


Friday 29th of January: 1:40’49”

Finally done #8, one day late because of work, so I had 4 days recovery but this means one less rest day till next one!

Tough one, was very windy and had to change route with 4 miles to go because river was high and path flooded!

Only one toot to mention, Ellesmere Rd on km 2 was John in his Bt van.

My iPod stopped working after 8k so it was a lonely tough run without music, but happy with 1:40′ πŸ˜ƒ Already ran 105 miles, 1205 left!

Lots of stretching needed, and have to wear some silly long socks as well to speed up recovery!

Will run my 97th parkrun tomorrow and HM #9 Sunday or Monday, will decide tomorrow night πŸ˜ƒ

Thank you for all the donations, Β£253 so far and there’s a little mention of my challenge in tonight’s Shropshire Star on page 18 πŸ˜ƒ

Β Β star




Sun 31st of January: 1:37′.52″

Ran #9 without warning, even I didn’t know I was going to πŸ˜ƒ

Ran a slow parkrun yesterday, was trying to practice a 22′ pacing and was too fast, but after cheating a little and slowing down to almost walking pace with 500m to go I managed to finish just 15″ too fast πŸ˜„

I planned to run #9 on Monday so I could have an extra day recovery, but in my head I desperately wanted to squeeze another one in before January ended.

Had a couple of hours to spare, felt ok so off I went, unplanned, unplugged! I improvised route, went whichever way I fancied and matched my fastest time, not bad after just one day recovery since last one!

A few toots to mention: Ian on km2 , Mickey on km9 , then Shaun was walking on Telford Way and high fived me on km 11 and Connor a few minutes later on Km 12

I feel good considering I’ve ran 250km in January, proper strength training and lots of stretching helps πŸ˜ƒ

1192 miles to go! Next one is probably wednesday or thursday and will be #10, a landmark one

Strange thing is that I felt better after just one day recovery than when I had four days!! Very interesting πŸ€”





Wednesday 3rd February: 1:39′.52″

#10 done and that’s 10% of my challenge completed πŸ˜ƒ

Only 1179 miles to go ( sounds better than 1900km !!) Picked a tough route today, was undulating , don’t really know why I don’t pick easy ones, silly me 😁 maybe later on in the year, maybe I never will !!

Legs were still stiff from yesterday’s strength training session, I should have a recovery day after those, but because of work I have to try and fit in my runs when I can, so not always possible to follow rules.

Got s toot on mile 1, I think it was Ian, and on km 9, Janet and Fred.

Went past the Red Barn on km 11, thank you Teresa and family for donation, and past that speed camera ( I’m sure it flashed as I ran past it 😜)

A couple of days rest to come, lots of stretching , will practice again 22′ pacing at parkrun on Saturday and then #11 on Sunday.

Thank you for encouragement, support and donations.

Nearly Β£300 raised so far πŸ˜ƒ , to sponsor me please visit and please leave your name so I can thank you personally.




Time to say my thankyous :

1. to all who encourage me and wish me good luck, like and share my social media posts

2. to all who sponsored me so far : Β£298 plus gift aid raised in first month!!!

3. to Gareth from Purity Lifestyle Studio in Wellington for free massage on my calves on week two

4. Joe Williams from UKRunChat for free entry at Shrewsbury Half Marathon

5. Up& Running shop in Shrewsbury for big discount on new Running Shoes

6. Susan Bowes for selling her extra M.Drayton 10k entry and donating the money to Cancer Research uk

7. My Family for patience and support and for listening all day to my numbers and stats πŸ˜€

8. My brother Alfredo at La Lanterna restaurant for putting a poster up to raise a bit more

RRR (beep beep)


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