JOGLE means taking a route the length of Great Britain between John O’Groats and Land’s End. There are many means of travelling the distance: some, cycle, either solo or on a tandem, some walk, it’s been done on a skateboard and many other methods have been chosen.
I plan to ‘run’ my JOGLE attempt, although my run will involve walking, shuffling, probably some limping and hobbling too. How forgiving my poor legs and feet will be I’ve yet to discover but I’m expecting it to hurt….. a lot.
The total distance will be about 840 miles. I’d like to set a new World Record as the Oldest Female to do it.
I’m not some elite athlete who’s been running all their life. In fact, I only ‘dipped my toes in the water’ of ultra-running seven years ago and I’ve certainly never done anything on this scale.
The reason I’m doing this run is to raise awareness of serious matters concerning health and ageing, which I’ve written about elsewhere. There’s a short video here. Everyone in the country from the top to the bottom is affected – hence my choice of route for my challenge.
I plan to start my run on Tuesday 10th September, 2019 and I will be carrying a tracker which will enable my location to be viewed on a website so you can follow my progress down the country. If you see that I happen to be coming through your area and you fancy coming and sharing a mile or two with me that would be awesome.
The ultra-running community comprises an amazing collection of people of all ages and from all walks of life. I have made many friends in the few years I have been shuffling along at the back of the pack. I feel enormously privileged that many of those people have offered their time to support my journey down the country. They will be working much harder than I will.They will be working hard on the logistics, keeping me eating and drinking, making sure I have the appropriate kit on for whatever weather befalls us, organising sleep and, crucially, encouraging me. I just have to put one foot in front of the other.
I will be fundraising during my run and you can learn more about that here.
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