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Day 19

A Fantastic End To An Unbelievable 19 Days – What An Achievement

Okay – the figures first. The last day saw 30.83 miles with 1647 feet of ascent covered. I can’t believe I almost said only 30 miles. It is incredible the distance covered every day, the first day being the longest at 74 miles. The overall mileage on the tracker was 840 but it will likely be more when all the stats are analysed. The time was 18 days,10 hours and 3 minutes – stunning.

It was an early 06:12 start at Scorrier to try and beat the storm coming in from the west. After passing through Redruth, Camborne and Hayle it was a swing slightly more to the south towards Penzance (The Pirates of Penzance was the 5th Gilbert & Sullivan collaboration opening in New York in 1880 before moving to London 3 months later). Through Penzance, then it was head down and onwards for the last 10 miles. The weather was pretty kind up to that point but that was about to change with driving rains and gusting westerlies trying to push Angela backwards – no chance. A big thank you to all those that turned out to support or run or walk with Angela along this stretch.

Shortly after 16:00, Angela led a triumphant procession into Lands End to sign the End To Enders register. There is a great quote on the blackboard behind Angela if you look at the picture “there is great meaning in life for those who are willing to journey”.

Many hugs and congratulations were exchanged and I am sure that I saw a policeman throw his hat in the air – maybe not.

And so this part of Angela’s challenge ends but the story is set to continue as she strives to help improve the quality of life for all of us as we age. Please keep following the Running Granny to see what happens next and donate to Angel’s cause if you can at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/therunninggranny-goingforold

One of the purposes behind this journey was to show that age is no barrier to achieving and Angela’s aim is to encourage people to make even small changes to improve and change lifestyles for the better. She is keen to hear from you if this journey has inspired you to take any small steps to improve your physical and mental wellbeing. Please feedback through any of the social media options available. Visit: https://therunninggranny.co.uk/ for more info.

I spoke to Angela this morning as she is now travelling back up the A30. She is in good shape with just some stiffness this morning (oh, what a surprise). The toes and other injuries are repairing well.

She wants me to stress that this is not a solo effort; it has been a major undertaking from the whole support crew, friends and family. There has been a huge amount of work gone into this in planning and preparation as well as the fantastic support given throughout the event itself. Without the team, there would have been no JOGLE. There are too many names to list here but I am sure Angela will get around to everyone when she gets back to reality – could take some time. As I sit musing on my lily pad, it seems to me that I should mention Eddie in particular for his major contribution and of course, the one person who has been there throughout, Joe. He must be exhausted.

Well, as Porky Pig once said – “That’s All Folks”. I am signing off but I will continue to follow the Running Granny and see where she goes next.

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