It’s been while since Joe and I completed the year-long Worthington 500k Challenge, crossing the line at the Barcelona 10k on New Year’s Eve 2015. Although we’d set out to run 500k in races to raise £10,000, we’d clocked actually up 721km, raised £14,500 for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust and really surprised ourselves!
Our highlights included racing trains in Wales and Nessie in Scotland, Joe running two marathons in two weeks, completing the Great North Run and being joined by amazing friends along the way. Not bad for an idea dreamt up in the pub to mark 10 years since my diagnosis with MS.
It’s not been quite so hectic since, although we’ve kept up our running and fundraising, taking our total over £17,000 with pub quizzes, Ackworth Road Runners bobble hats, swear boxes, sweets and biscuits. Our most surprising donation came at my sister’s wedding, when the happy couple gave their guests MS Trust pin badges with their favours. On the running front, Joe ran the London marathon for the MS Trust last year and we both took part in the Great North Run on the Trust team.
I’ve missed the challenge element of my running though, so now I’ve recovered from a badly broken elbow, it seems like high time for another challenge! Looking at the diary, we have loads of races coming up over the summer, so I’ve decided to incorporate them into a Summer Running Streak.
Using famous running “streaker” Ron Hill’s rules, I aim to run at least 1 mile every single day through July and August, fitting that around work and all the other daft things I get up to. Kicking off with Endure 24 on the first of July, the challenge will incorporate loads of other races, including the Leeds and York 10ks, Canal and Doncaster 5ks, Dusk Til Dawn, Flat Cap 5 mile, a return to Wales for Race the Train and of course, the weekly parkrun fix.
Once again, I’ll be inviting friends to join me in raising funds for the MS Trust as part of the Run With Us Team, either at one of the summer races or maybe having a go at their own running streak. Our fundraising page remains the same at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Worthington500k and every penny makes a huge difference by providing support to people with MS and their families.
I hope you like the latest challenge idea and will show us the same support that the Worthington 500k inspired… wish me luck!