Truro Half Press
Way back in August I was really happy to have some local press coverage in my home county of Cornwall. The last time I was in the Cornish Guardian was when I ran London Marathon, aged 18 in 2001! I wrote off to them with a bit of info on the challenge and telling the story of my friend Rebecca who lives in Penzance and her struggle with M.E.
Truro Half Marathon were kind enough to feature my challenge on their social media and website. I was really looking forward to running the streets that I used to walk on as a teenager but an injury 2 weeks before meant that although I travelled down with the intention to run, it was just too painful to risk.
I booked Hamburg as my German marathon for 2020 (number 26) after much deliberation. I had been very keen to run Berlin as it is one of the Abbott Majors and the fastest course in the world. But two failed ballot attempts and the risk of flight and hotels rocketing from when the ballot is drawn to when I would need to book made it difficult to justify. I enjoy big races and the amazing support but sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming and tough to concentrate with space at a premium.
Pretty sure this is the Fischmarkt, we ended up here at 6am drinking and dancing I think.
Will be great to meet up with Tim again, here we are at Copenhagen Marathon, May 2018.
Lovely views, very hot morning on the south coast
161 mile Aug
August has gone down as my biggest mileage month of the challenge so far. 161 miles in total which I was very happy with. It clearly came at a cost though as I went down with a really painful hip flexor injury towards the end.
Wow, almost like a proper runner!
M.E in Romania
I appealed to hear from M.E sufferers in Romania on Phoenix Rising and S4ME, after a while someone replied to my post. It was the sister of a lady called Andreea who lived in a city called Iasi. She suffers from severe M.E and I was extremely grateful to her and her sister for sharing her story. I was able to introduce them to another Romanian with the illness a few weeks later which made me very happy, hopefully they can help each other somehow.
Click here to read Andreea's story.
Gotta love the Danube
Click here for race report.
Booking no.25 - Rome, Italy.
Definitely one I'm looking forward to
2009 in Rome, great city, not so great result
2 weeks after Budapest Marathon I headed back to Luton airport to fly out to Romania. Ben came along to run too and we finished the course in brilliant sunshine (27c) before heading out for a few beers. It was a nice course and well organised, I got round in 4hrs 38 mins and without too much pain.
Ben Scott and I win our first race!
I hit a big landmark just before Porto, £20K raised through the challenge for Invest In M.E's biomedical research projects.
Not far to go to hit my target of £26.2K (mirroring the 26.2 miles in a marathon).
M.E in Portugal
I was very fortunate to find 3 people to interview from Portugal, all with excellent English and also a Facebook support group who very supportive.
One of the people I connected with had a family contact at a prominent Portuguese sports website and was happy to feature my challenge on there which was great news.
Click here to view Amma Magazine article.
August 2013 on our honeymoon, it was 30C!
As you probably know by now, I struggle massively in races over 22C. The challenge was always going to be tricky from that perspective as I live in a country in Northern Europe where there aren't many days to train in those kind of temperatures. When I read the advanced forecast for Porto and saw with joy that it was going to be 15C it was rather exciting. Below explains why!
Prague - 15c - May 2015
Helsinki - 24c - Aug 2015
Dublin - 14c - Oct 2015
Thessaloniki - 19c - Apr 2016
Stockholm - 24c - June 2016
Gdansk - 27c - Aug 2016
Brussels - 15c - Oct 2016
Toulouse - 22c - Oct 2016
Barcelona - 22c - Mar 2017
Luxembourg - 33c - June 2017
Vilnius - 19c - Sept 2017
Amsterdam - 21c - Oct 2017
Ljubljana - 20c - Oct 2017
Malta - 22c - Feb 2018
Vienna - 29c - Apr 2018
Copenhagen - 23c - May 2018
Tallinn - 21c - Sept 2018
Sofia - 20c - Oct 2018
Paphos - 23c - Mar 2019
Bratislava - 20c - Apr 2019
Riga - 27c - May 2019
Budapest - 22c - Sept 2019
Bucharest - 26c - Oct 2019
Average - 22c
In 2017 I enjoyed following the challenge undertaken by Pete Thompson from Dorset who ran a marathon in all 44 countries in Europe in 44 consecutive days. He was kind enough to feature my challenge on his website and social media. Cheers Pete!
That's a wrap for now, back soon where I will have finished Porto (no.24) and will be training for Rome Marathon.
Thanks for all your support, if you're feeling generous please leave a donation to M.E research for a cure to my fundraising page below....
Total Sponsorship Raised: £20,120
Social Media Followers: 2420
Miles Covered: 237
Average Temp: 19C
Lessons Learned: 3 marathons in 6 weekends on one working leg is possible, just.