So after months of training, on Sunday, three of the team (Joe, Ollie and Dave) completed the Clarendon Way marathon dragging a tyre in a time of 5 hours and 48 minutes! This was the first of the four extreme challenges we set ourselves back in January to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and certainly made all the cold and dark nights training over the winter worthwhile!
This was definitely a baptism of fire for us, since none of us had ever run a marathon before, and although they said it couldn’t be done, it just proves that with a bit of grit and determination you can achieve anything when you put your mind to it. We’d like to thank everyone that supported us along the way; to the friends and family that turned out in the wind and rain to provide a cheer or to fill us up on energy drinks, to those that have sponsored us on our challenges, in which so far we’ve raised over £700 and to those who followed us on Facebook and twitter – Thank you. The Scout leaders at South Winterslow were fantastic, even offering to make us tea (although we didn’t have enough time to drink it!) and so too was HSX’s very own Chris Slater who ran with us for 20 miles.
It really made the miles fly by knowing that there were people willing us along, and although that may sound a bit cliché, it is the honest truth! The achievement was probably best immortalised by Ollie at the finish line, proclaiming: “I’ve done a few stupid things in my life, but this takes the biscuit! Never again!” It seems hard enough to run a marathon, so it’s probably safe to say none of us will be repeating it with the added weight of a tyre ever again – but what a thing to say you’ve done!? Essentially, the reason for dragging the tyre was to show how difficult the lives are of people with Motor Neurone Disease and although difficult, we have only understood a little of the daily struggle that a sufferer must endure; we also hope that a pulk slides easier over ice, than rubber does over tarmac!
Although we will be aching for a week or two, the training doesn’t stop there, as we are already preparing for our next challenge in June; climbing 200 outdoor trad climbs in the Peak District in 24 hours. That’s right, non-stop – without sleep. Keep up-to-date with the blog or go to Twitter and Facebook to see how we’re getting on. There’s time to sponsor us for any and all of the challenges throughout the year at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/antarctica, but for now, please enjoy the photos of the marathon day.[Photos courtesy of David Robinson]