Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Running, Walking and Riding 4 Rwanda

It's taken a while, but I've finally decided what to do to celebrate 30 years of running. In fact, it's taken me so long to decide, that it's actually just about to start.

I had thought about running 30 miles, but on medical advice I can no longer do 'endurance' events - i.e. I can't run a Marathon, or anything over about a half-marathon

Then I thought about walking 30 miles, but that would probably take too long.

Or cycling 30 miles - probably not enough of a challenge.

So why not somehow combine all three? So that's the plan - run about 30 miles, but split over three events; walk a similar distance; then ride my bike, but over double the distance. The final details of the walk and the bike ride still need a bit of working out, but here's the running leg(s):

Tour of Merseyside Race 3 - 10-mile Sustrans cycle trail from Walton Hall Park
Tour of Merseyside Race 4 - 5-mile Halton Road Race around Hale
Tour of Merseyside Race 6 - 12-mile Wirral Coastal Run from New Brighton

The walking leg will possibly be the 'High Street' walk, from the Roman fort at Penrith to the Roman fort in Ambleside.

Then the cycling leg will probably be the first section of the Fred Whitton Challenge route, from Grasmere to Keswick via Ambleside, Troutbeck, Kirkstone Pass, Glenridding and Castlerigg stone circle, but with the addition of about 12 miles to get to the start at Grasmere, then another couple of miles to get back to my starting point.

The walk will probably be about 24 miles, and the cycle route will be about double that. So all-in-all, about 100 miles. Admittedly it is spread over a number of stages over three weeks, but then so is the Tour de France, and if it's good enough for them, then it's good enough for me.

Of course, I'm not doing it for fun or entertainment, but as a challenge. And as a challenge, I'm going to need some encouragement along the way. So if you think you'd like to give me some encouragement, you can - by making it all worthwhile and sponsoring me to complete the challenge. Any money raised will go towards supporting maternal health, safe motherhood, and midwifery projects in Shyira, Rwanda.

You don't have to run 27 miles, or walk 24, or ride 48 miles to make a difference to the lives of women and children in Rwanda. In fact, you don't even have to move away from the computer!

Just go direct to my website at www.bmycharity.com/runwalkride4rwanda and make a donation, big or small.

Every penny raised by Shyira Trust, plus Gift Aid, goes direct to the project in Rwanda - no wages, no rents, no overheads, just 100% commitment to support Safe Motherhood and Maternal Health projects in Rwanda.

Wish me luck. I may need it

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