183.4 miles to enable over 2500 people to overcome poverty
In just over 5 weeks time Warren Mauger and I will be starting our first Marathon. Monday 18th August seems extremely close now and journey since the cold, windy February day at Grand Rocques when I first mentioned the Challenge to Warren has already been an epic one.
When I set out on the training path to begin to prepare my body for running 7 Marathons in 7 Days I knew that my body would be pushed to its limits, one thing I wasn’t prepared for was the regular battle for the mind.
Training has been going well, Warren and I are now at around 60-70 miles per week and the plan is for us to reach the 80-90 mile per week mark over the next 3 weeks. Since starting the training in February of this year I have now clocked up over 750 miles, all bar around 30 of them have been on the streets of Guernsey. This last week has been one of the toughest mental and physical battles. At the moment we are having one rest day per week, the last three weeks have been 56 miles, 66 miles and then a 70 mile week. Every run this week has been tough going and on Wednesday I was down for a 13 mile training run but managed 1.7 miles and had nothing left in me. The positive out of this was not doing this challenge alone. Warren and I were having very similar weeks in terms of mental and physical battles, and by Friday we were back into our training plan.
It was probably a good thing to go through this experience with a few weeks to go. We are going to be running tired each day and certainly by Marathon 3 and 4 (if not earlier) our bodies and minds will be seriously challenged.
There is a very good reason why Warren and I are putting ourselves through this mental and physical challenge, and that reason is to raise £20,000 for This Is EPIC and The HUB. The money is being split 50/50 across both charities, and for us at This Is EPIC it will have a huge impact on the work we are implementing in Africa.
The £10,000 will enable:
- At least 15 Village Savings and Loans Groups to be started in Tanzania (Read more about Village Savings and Loans Groups)
- Each group will have approximately 30 people in it, which is a direct impact of 450 people
- The Village Savings and Loans Groups will indirectly impact over 2,500 which will be the family members of the group members.
A whole community can overcome poverty in a sustainable way with the funds raised from the 7 Marathons in 7 Days challenge.
You can support us by donating through our fundraising page using the link below.
Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.