Eleven years ago in 2011, I started to daydream about the possibility of running from Lands End to John ‘O’ Groats . Since then I’ve gradually gathered the experience and loony-ness to feel ready to attempt my dream and have set the date for May 2023, next year .
It will be a solo, self-supported adventure carrying all my own stuff and sleeping under the stars. I’m also hoping to try to set a FKT (fastest known time) for doing it in this way/direction (self supported, south to north), there will be a tracker link for dot watching I’ll share my training & preparation journey on here and fail or succeed I will give it my very best shot. I am nervous about this huge challenge but also very excited and I hope to have some fun along the way . I will of course, be supporting The Mirkwood Rest Home for Retired Sheep who continue to be my inspiration as I take on the biggest challenge of my life
I didn’t just wake up last week & think “I know I’ll run from Lands End to John O’ Groats” honestly It’s taken me a while to reach this stage. I began distance running aged 17 by completing the Norfolk Half Marathon & loved it. As a young person I had many struggles and running became a source of happiness in difficult times .
In 1988 I completed my first London Marathon
By 2011 I had completed 13 marathons with a PB of 3.27. I completed my first 100k ultramarathon.
2013 I cycled from Lands End to John O’ Groats in very cold weather
2015 I ran, walked and shuffled 450 miles across the UK from St David’s Head in Wales to Lowestoft in Suffolk .
2016 I cycled 1,500 miles around the UK via the three highest peaks, climbed each one and slept on the summits All my adventures were solo & self-supported, sleeping under the stars every night, I learnt a lot on these challenges
2017 I began ultra running properly and began to enter events. I completed the Thames Ring 250 mile race , the Winter Spine Race , Deadman’s Ultra and the Tunnel Ultra
Marathons and shorter ultras have become training runs and I enjoy a real mix of road & trail running. I’ve completed over sixty official marathons/ultras to date
Planning has been underway for the past six months, I have the consent and support of my lovely family time off work granted and the perfect motivation ~ the woolly residents at the Mirkwood Rest Home for Retired Sheep It’s going to be massively hard but as with all my other adventures I am very determined and hope to have some fun along the way