Welcome to the latest update on our MS Trust Challenge; we’ve entered the fourth week of the Summer Streak and seem to be going from strength to strength! Joe and I have managed to run at least a mile every day since the first of July, somehow fitting a trot in around Joe starting a new job, busy diaries and forgoing rest days after more challenging races.
But we’re not alone, some other crazy folk have decided that it’s a good idea and have joined our Summer Streak Challenge, pledging to run every day throughout July and August too. Fellow Ackworth Road Runner, the ever smiling Lesley, has even devised a fundraising element where she and husband Jim will donate a set amount for every day they run, and will double it on days they don’t!
Other Summer Streakers going strong include Georgie, Sue, Julie, Gary and Colin; we’re also supporting another runner with their training for the London Marathon – good luck Jem as you #runeveryday for Children with Cancer UK!
July’s highlights include kicking off the challenge in style at Endure 24 by completing a 24 hour relay with our team “the Cat-astrophes”, we even threw in a warm-up at Wetherby parkrun! Races have included the Jane Tomlinson Canal Race, Doncaster 5k, Leeds 10k, Nostell Priory 10k, and Trunce Trail Time Trial.
In between the events, we’ve been out training with Ackworth Road Runners and have devised our preferred mile-long routes around our village for those days when we’re pressed for time or just plain shattered! All the Streakers seem to agree, the early morning runs before work are the hardest and we’re trying to avoid them at all costs!
Joe and I weren’t sure what to expect from this challenge, other than achy legs, but it’s been a real surprise to see how our Streaking has affected our running… in a good way! We’ve both bagged 5k and course personal best times this month, after being nowhere near them for years, and we’re feeling much stronger even though some days are easier (and drier) than others….
On the parkrun front, we did a spot of tourism at Dalby Forest, Joe ran his 100th parkrun and on the same day I celebrated my 25th occasion volunteering. Looking forward to the rest of the challenge, we have another endurance race coming up too, the Dusk Til Dawn event, where we’ll be seeing how many miles we can clock up between 6pm and 6am… if the lure of the bar isn’t too great!
As well as our favourite Run For All 10k event in York, we have some quirky races coming up too, with the Flat Cap 5 miler to celebrate Yorkshire Day and Race the Train in Wales – will Joe manage to tame the choo choo this year?
Special thank you goes out to Mark Leadbeater for securing a donation of wool to make the Ackworth Road Runner bobble hats – there’s so much we’re thinking up other woolly creations! Thanks also go to Mel at RPM Massage Therapy for your healing hands as the Streakers team masseuse! Thanks to everyone that’s sponsored the Summer Streak so far as well, if you’d like to add a bit to the pot, you can do that here.
As always, thank you for reading about how we’re challenging ourselves to raise awareness and funds for the MS Trust. By supporting us, you’re supporting the MS Trust as they strive to ensure that every person with MS in the UK has access to a specialist nurse and the information they need to live well with MS.
Why not join us for the August leg of the Summer Streak?….