Sunday, June 28, 2009


Just got back from Keswick and I will get round to writing a full report this week, but just to report that I completed the round last night in 22:48, very very pleased. Big thanks must go to my wife Gemma and Rick for the roadside support, they kept me going and did a stirling job servicing my needs and those of the supporters. Even handling my feet which were not a pretty sight, and my stinky clothes. The three of us were showing signs of sleep depravation last night !

Big thanks to Albert, Colin, Geoff, Pete, Jess, Bill, Simon, Emma, Anthony, Gerry and Steve it was a pleasure to spend the day with you all and I couldn't have done it without you all.

Thanks to everyone else for their best wishes and for coming out to see me along the route, it was a great day. More details to follow.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Feeling Better

After last weeks sniffles etc. I have felt a lot better this week and have been out for a few 5 mile runs at work on my lunch. I am out on Ian Charters' 55@55 tommorow so looking forward to that, I am running the Honister to Wasdale leg. Will bump into Iain Kelly who is attempting his BG at 7pm from the Moot Hall on the 26th June on a 22hr schedule exactly the same as me !! I think I am now fully sorted for support apart from Leg 5 although I have someone in the pipeline. At the moment it looks like this.

Leg 1 - Keswick to Threlkeld - Geoff Lyons, Jesse Palmer, Albert Sunter & Colin Jones
Leg 2 - Threlkeld to Dunmail - Jesse Palmer, Pete Dennett & Dave Walker
Leg 3 - Dunmail to Wasdale - Pete Dennett, Dave Walker, Simon Cartledge (+1 other) & Duncan Richards (Broad Stand rope man)
Leg 4 - Wasdale to Honister - Bill Williamson, Anthony Fryer & maybe Simon Cartledge (+1 other)?
Leg 5 - Honister to Keswick -Emma Aindow-Gregory & Gerry Dewhurst

I am feeling a lot more confident now my team is together and it is only a matter of agreeing logistics and we should be all systems go. I met with my road support team last night and talked through my needs and concerns and that has put my mind at rest so looking forward it feels good. Another week of gentle runs I think this week with maybe a couple of short runs on the fells but nothing serious.

Just been out in the garden, transplanting vegetable that we had started the other week. I have made some big wooden tubs to plant them in so we are looking forward to home grown; cucumber, broccolli, rocket, lettuce, spinach, peas, beans, carrots, spring onions and some herbs.

Tuesday is a bit of a milestone for me as I turn 30 (AHHH!) so hopefully it will not affect my perfomance too badly being over 30 !

2 weeks and counting.............................

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Quiet Week and the start of the taper

Well its been a quiet week about 20 miles run and 60 miles on the bike with not much ascent, I've had a a couple of courses at work and have felt quite tired this week and had a bit of a sniffle, I know very soft, although I don't think it's the dreaded "man flu" ! I am out in the morning for twenty odd miles on the fells but I think I've done the hard work now really just need to look after myself for the next couple of weeks as I get ever closer to my BGR.

I have been panicking slightly recently and running through the route in my mind whilst I am struggling to get to sleep, I am not really a person to dwell on these things but there are definitely nerves creeping in. I have most of my support sorted, although I am still a bit light on a couple of legs, and I think this is part of the worry, although I am sure by the end of this week I should be sorted, although if anyone is free please don't be shy.

As the big day gets closer I have been getting my stuff together, got my gels from likeys the other day and purchased some clif bars from evans cycles today in Manchester. We went for a look round the Museum of Science and Industry as the weather was crappy and they had an exhibition celebrating the centenary of the first all British flight, although it was quite disappointing really.

Anyway I am going on, hope everyone has a good weekend, looking forward to helping Ian on his 55@55 next weekend.