870 miles Wales Coastal Path Challenge for Movember Complete
15th June 2020 – 31st January 2021
When I started this challenge, I had no idea how long it would take, what I could do, what I couldn’t do. All I did know was I had 12 months to complete it so with a bit of effort each day that should get me over the line.
What I discovered was an ability to walk longer distance on my own and enjoy it, never underestimate the company of a podcast, if you walk a bit faster you start to run, and a marathon is not has tough as I thought it would be (despite the wind, cold and rain).
Today I have completed my first ever long distance challenge, to put it into perspective, the Wales Coastal Path at 870 miles is only 4 miles less than Lands End to John O’Groats. 225 days of walking, plodding, jeffing and running has been amazing.
I chose the Clock Tower at Roath Park as my finish, it seemed appropriate to have a memorial to an epic adventure, and the weather decided to add to the effect, as I crossed the line in the snow.
Looking back on the photos of my journey, I realised I have visited the clock tower quite a few times during this challenge, but then we have been limited to where we are allowed to go.
As you know I chose to complete this challenge in aid of the Movember Foundation, for whom I am an Ambassador. The Target of £870 was done with the help of so many you, running, quizzing and walking. If you can help with any further donations that would be amazing, the work Movember do to support Men’s Health, physical and mental across the world is incredible
My challenges now continue into February and beyond, Team Cwtch will be participating in the 28 Days around the World and I will be continuing on my Route 66 trip across the USA.
A huge thank you to all of you who have helped and supported me along the way. I have met some amazing people on my journey and continue to be inspired by them and their own challenges.
What a year this has been.
If you had told me the things I would have achieved this year and the changes there would be I’m not sure I would have believed you.
I have taken part in many virtual events and earned some pretty amazing medals.
In total (according to strava) I have run/walked 850.1 miles/ 1368.1 Km
My first 5k in May and 10K in June, Run around the clock, 120miles in July, Nos Galon, MoRun, WhoRun and of course London marathon.
All whilst plodding my way around the Wales Coastal path, 770 miles done, 100 to go, I had wanted to be finished by Christmas but injury has slowed me.
We hit the fundraising target, thank to all of you who helped and donated to support the work of Movember. As and Ambassador I will continue to support them and will set up a new challenge target for 2021.
There are so many people who have helped and supported me on my journey - you all know who you are - I am so thankful to you all for your encouragement, energy and often bizarre tips.
January 2021 brings new challenges and new journeys not least the start of Route 66 - 2278 miles in 12 months, at least the cycle miles count for this one.
For a short period I will be doing the Coastal Path and Route 66 plus looking ahead to other challenges, maybe even with other people.....
After 24 years of helping others to achieve their running goals - it is now my time.