Sunday, 12 July 2015

Run Walk Ride for Rwanda - BTR Liverpool Tour of Merseyside

The first leg of Run Walk Ride for Rwanda is the BTR Liverpool Tour of Merseyside - itself a multi-stage event of six races in seven days

the start of the last running leg of run walk ride for rwanda
  • Sun 5th July:   Southport half marathon - 13.1 miles
  • Mon 6th July:  Thurstaston beach race -  6.1 miles
  • Tue 7th July:   Sustrans 10 mile race - 10 miles   
  • Wed 8th July:  A well-earned rest
  • Thur 9th July: Halton 5 mile race - actually 5.1 miles
  • Fri 10th July:  Huyton cross-country - 6 miles
  • Sat 11th July:  Wirral coastal run - 12 miles
A total of 52.3 miles, just about a double-marathon distance.

The event(s) went as well as could be expected, with some good results and some not-so-good. I wasn't looking forward to the half marathon and struggled between 5 and 10 miles, but recovered to finish in 114th position. Monday was hard, especially on the beach, and I finished 118th. I felt better on Tuesday and finished strongly to take 106th. Wednesday was a welcome break, and Thursday's 5-miler was fast and furious finishing in 104th. I was dreading Friday's cross-country, but finished a respectable 106th.

... it's about run walk ride for rwandaAnd so to Saturday and the grand finale from Wallasey to Hoylake and back. My best run of the week saw me finishing in 70th place, bring me up to 93rd overall, and 4th in my age category, in a time of 7:12:45.

Like most other 'tourists', I thoroughly enjoyed it, and hope to be back next year.

But as the T-shirt says, 'It's not about me ... '. In my case it's about our friends in Rwanda, and the need to rebuild the maternity hospital in Shyira. So if you can find your way to spare a few pounds, please use the 'Donate' button, make a donation, and make a difference

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Run Walk Ride for Rwanda

After cycling in the Scottish highlands, back to running. Or more accurately, running, walking and riding. Over summer I will be completing 182 miles - the distance of seven marathons - in a series of events:

Run the BTR Liverpool Tour of Merseyside: six races in seven days, totalling 52 miles - a double marathon
Walk the Liverpool Loop and Cheshire Lines paths from Hunts Cross to Formby - a marathon walk
Ride to Southport and on to the Forest of Bowland and back via Preston - a quadruple marathon

Footwear required to run walk ride for Rwanda
The events will take place during July, August and September, and I will be hoping from support along the way. More importantly I will be looking for sponsorship to help fund the rebuilding of Shyira Maternity Hospital.

It needn't be much - I'm not expecting a pound per mile or anything like that, although £182 would be very welcome. Even a penny per mile would be welcome!

So if you want to make a difference to the lives of women and their babies in Rwanda, please sponsor me for any amount, big or small - every penny raised by Shyira Trust, plus Gift Aid, goes to the projects supported, so spare what you can to help support this very necessary and worthwhile project in Rwanda.