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Run Britannia is coming quicker than a freight prepare.

Wanting centered at Land’s Finish. Picture : Run Britannia web site. KO June third.

Final August I signed up for a 1,000 mile (1,634km) race working the size of the Uniked Kingdom. Beginning on the most southerly level, Lands Finish, and ending 36 days (yep that’s days not hours!)  later on the most Northerly level , John O’Groats. )


In August it was straightforward to press that enter button after which overlook about it for a number of months. Within the meantime I had Birdys yard Extremely, Not time to die yard extremely, Melbourne marathon, Feral Pig 100 miler, Hysterical carnage yard extremely, 6 inch path extremely marathon, Delirious 200 miler, Herdy’s frontyard extremely and at last the 24Lighthorse extremely to take care of. These have all been dispatched and all of the sudden I’m sitting her with lower than three weeks to go together with a knot in my abdomen and a mixture of unimaginable pleasure and numbing anxiousness.


Seems to be like Scotland however I could possibly be mistaken. Picture from the Run Britannia web site.

The race begins , funnily sufficient, simply exterior my previous residence city so it’ll be bizarre returning residence after so a few years. I left Penzance almost thirty years in the past and haven’t been again for a few years. My childhood was idyllic rising up in , what I take into account to be, the perfect a part of the UK, however all of us take into account our childhood city to be particular I suppose ?  My brother and his household by no means left so it’ll be good to see them once more for the primary time since my father handed away in 2012.  Time disappears so shortly and I’m now not the younger man that left Penzance all these years in the past however part of me hasn’t modified and I’m fearful that that  half will discover it very laborious to return after which depart once more. Once I left it was not going to be everlasting, a 12 months max to earn some coin for a surf sabbatical, life bought in the way in which and eights years later I’m emigrating to Australia with a brand new Spouse and a younger daughter ?

That is one more reason the fist few days of this journey will probably be extra testing as I as soon as once more depart my hometown, a spot I like and can all the time love, in addition to my childhood pals who’ve been distant reminiscences for therefore, so lengthy. Seeing them once more goes to be laborious as in my thoughts they’re all younger males of their prime, I’ll be returning to very completely different variations and these reminiscences will probably be with me from then onwards, changing the youthful variations. I can even be leaving the attractive surroundings that’s the South West shoreline and belief me it’s actually is unimaginable. Perhaps that knot in my abdomen is extra about my impending go to again to my hometown moderately than the race anxiousness ? So many reminiscences, some good , some dangerous will come flooding again like a tsunami, any I prepared for them ? One of many important causes I don’t return to Cornwall is as a result of I’m fearful I’ll by no means depart , no less than this fashion I do know I’ll after all. Because the picture under exhibits ,  St. Ives in all her glory , Cornwall is magical.


Positively St. Ives, my previous stomping floor. I’ll be taking my budgie smugglers, simply in case. Picture from the Run Britannia web site.

As Run Britannia is a stage race there may be the good thing about a superb nights sleep each night which can assist with restoration for the subsequent days journey. As a part of the race entry you get lodging, transport and all meals as a part of the deal. In concept I can flip up at Land’s Finish on June 2nd with my working gear and a bag of garments and never spend a cent for 36 days earlier than being deposited at Inverness in early July. Sounds good in concept however I’m certain I’ll discover methods to present my bank card a beating, it’s in my blood in keeping with my Spouse.

There will probably be 29 starters, as of some weeks in the past, for the occasion which is a shock because it bought out in a number of hours and all forty locations had been initially taken. I bought in after a short while on a wait record, it appears urgent that enter button is simple, you then have to inform your accomplice, household, work or pals of your impending problem and possibly they speak you out of it , or life simply will get in the way in which ? Anyhow it is going to be extra intimate  and possibly I gained’t need to share my lodging a lot , though it might have been good to have the complete forty for firm.  To me I’m going to have 29 extra pals , in addition to assist crew, after the occasion who will be capable of share some nice reminiscences collectively, in addition to some not so nice ones ? That is the purpose of the Run Britannia occasion , reminiscences to final a lifetime, the organisers aren’t even calling it a race and gained’t be preserving a monitor of occasions (after all I’ll, c’mon, actually?) That is concerning the expertise, making good pals alongside the way in which, discovering who you actually are and ending , that’s all. Albeit I will probably be posting on Strava each night and FB , Instagram and so forth… so everyone can come alongside for the experience, at a reduced fee of ‘free‘.

1,000 miles of fun, fu, fun...
The Run Britannia route.

We’ve had a number of zoom conferences with the organisers who’ve handed on the teachings discovered from a take a look at pilots who ran the route final 12 months. I feel three of the eight completed however all of the non-finishers had been crushed by accidents moderately than distance. The each day distances didn’t appear to be an issue however the construct up of fatigue which might finally result in fractures, strains, pulls, breaks and so forth.,  which was the problem, humorous that? Psychological notice to self to  spend an hour within the night, no less than,  submit run on stretching , massaging and common upkeep earlier than scuttling off to mattress. I’ll be taking a therapeutic massage gun and my vibit ( ) , in addition to my humantecar spray ( ) and fisocrem. ( ). I’ll be utilizing Bix hydration merchandise over the course of the occasion , for hydration and restoration .  ( ) These will make an enormous distinction, particularly the restoration tablets within the night. Fortunately I even have a load of Bix energy sachets which include carbohydrates, these are but to be launched to most of the people., I’m a guinea pig?

Is there a runner on the finish of the rainbow ? picture Run Britannia web site.

As the pictures on this submit present the surroundings goes to be epic and that is what I’m most enthusiastic about. From the web site :-


There are some fairly depraved trails proper there in addition to some superior b-roads snaking via a number of the most lovely components of the nation. I will probably be stopping for a number of pub lunches, espresso breaks and locations of excellent magnificence for certain as time shouldn’t be necessary , its all about ending. There will probably be minimize off occasions for every stage however they are going to be beneficiant and the organisers encourage you to absorb the journey you’re on moderately than be a slave to the GPS watch in your left arm. After all my Coros watch ( ) will probably be recording time however I could deal with myself and placed on the auto-pause choice.

My aim on July seventh is to be standing proper there… John O’Groats. picture Run Britannia web site.

Thus occasion will actually take a look at the speculation that the thoughts is stronger than the physique as I actually imagine the psychological toughness you could reach an occasion this massive is as necessary because the bodily coaching you set in earlier than the beginning. Are you able to prepare for a 1,000 mile occasion ? I don’t suppose you’ll be able to actually, you simply hope you adapt throughout the occasion itself and your physique learns what’s anticipated of it and simply performs with the thoughts opening all of the attainable street blocks alongside the way in which, nicely that’s the speculation anyway ?

Over the previous few months in Australia we’ve seen some mega-runs by regular athletes. Nedd Brockman for instance :

When Brockmann arrived at Sydney’s Bondi Seaside on Monday – his unmistakable, bleach-blonde mullet pinned down below a baseball cap – it signaled the top of a 2,456-mile (3,953km) working voyage that had began on the alternative aspect of Australia 47 days prior.

It’s troublesome for the 23-year-old to know the place to start out when recounting the bodily toll positioned on his physique since setting off from Cottesloe Seaside in Perth final month – the numerous accidents, the endlessly aching joints, the sleep deprivation, the blisters and even the maggots rising in his toes.

That every one explains the enjoyment and aid etched throughout Brockmann’s face when he lastly arrived to hordes of individuals at Bondi – Australia’s iconic browsing seashore – and marked the event by draining champagne from his sweat-soaked shoe.

“I’d been via hell and again 10 occasions to get there – via each harm, all of the solar, the rain, the street trains, the roadkill, the climate, the headwinds,” Brockmann tells CNN Sport. “Simply to get via that after which to lastly see that quantity of individuals in Bondi was out of this world. I couldn’t imagine it.”

Brockmann, an electrician initially from Forbes, New South Wales, has endeared himself to the Australian public over the course of his transnational run, a lot in order that many are calling for him to be topped Australian of the Yr in 2023.

As of Friday, he has raised two million Australian {dollars} ($1.26 million) – virtually double his preliminary goal – for homeless charity We Are Mobilise via his run throughout Australia, overlaying a mean of greater than 50 miles a day for 47 days.

Nedd Brockmann ran over 2,500 miles in 47 days.

One other instance  is Erchana Murray-Bartlett who ran almost 4,000 miles :-

5 months after setting out from the tip of Australia, marathon runner Erchana Murray-Bartlett has reached the nation’s southern edge.

The 32-year-old on Monday completed her 6,300km (3,900 miles) journey – a marathon day-after-day for 150 days.

Ms Murray-Bartlett’s effort units a brand new world document for essentially the most consecutive each day marathons by a lady.

And he or she has raised over A$100,000 (£57,000, $70,000) for conservation charity the Wilderness Society.

Ms Murray-Bartlett has been working professionally for years, however after lacking out on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, she set her sights on one other life-long dream.

She was going to run your complete size of Australia, and she or he was going to interrupt the Guinness World File for essentially the most consecutive each day marathons by a lady – held by Briton Kate Jayden, who final 12 months accomplished 106 in as many days.

Ms Murray-Bartlett set out on the run to boost consciousness of the extinction disaster going through Australian animals and vegetation. Australia is residence to a number of the richest biodiversity on this planet – a lot of which is exclusive to the continent – however it’s among the many worst on this planet for biodiversity loss.

It was powerful going for Ms Murray-Bartlett from the start – she had three accidents within the first three weeks.

However her physique discovered to manage as she wound her manner alongside Australia’s well-known shoreline, via rainforests, and down each filth roads and highways. She generally ran in torrential rain, different occasions in warmth upwards of 35C (95F).

Regardless of consuming between 5,000 and 6,000 energy a day – about 3 times the typical lady’s wants – the nutritionist shed weight.

She suffered sunburn, blisters and aches, and jokes that she’s now been bitten by each insect below the solar – ants, mosquitos, spiders and extra.

She weathered fixed mind fog and a pervasive physique fatigue she says bought tougher and tougher to shake every morning.

By the point she bumped into Melbourne, her ft had swollen a whole shoe dimension and she or he’d burned via ten pairs of runners.

“There’s undoubtedly been some very powerful days… you’re on the market all by yourself and you’ll’t see the end line and also you suppose why am I doing this? And through these moments, I feel to myself, why,” she advised the BBC on Tuesday.

“Despite the fact that generally you might be coated in sweat and flies and every thing ached, I believed: ‘No, I can go yet another km’ or, ‘no I can go 500 extra metres’. In the event you maintain stringing collectively little tiny objectives… you can also make it.”

She crossed the end line on Monday night to information she had raised virtually double her unique fundraising goal.

Talking to native media, Ms Murray-Bartlett mentioned she had been overwhelmed by the assist – folks donated in droves and a few ran components of the journey together with her.

“It’s overwhelming, I’m so stoked,” she mentioned.

“The turnout has been phenomenal and the truth that everybody was working with me, it made it much more particular.”

Erchana Murray-Bartlett ran 3,900 miles over 150 days, working a marathon a day.

Makes my Run Britannia seem to be a enjoyable run ?

fisiocrem ( ) is simply bloody good and does precisely what it says it does , it simply will get the key muscle teams transferring once more. I take advantage of this extensively in direction of the top of the race when my quads are hammered.  It actually makes a distinction and permits me to maneuver again via the gears in direction of the top of an occasion when most runners are stumbling residence.

Fisiocrem is a should have in your extremely field of tips…

Bix hydration is simply ace, a product dropped at life by Vlad Ixel an expert extremely runner who is aware of a factor or two about hydration. ( )  The perfect factor about Bix is it tastes good with many alternative flavours and also you by no means get sick of ingesting it, it is a massive plus as Maurten and Tailwind (each nice merchandise)  might be troublesome to digest later within the occasion.  From the web site :-

As an Australian elite a number of path working champion, with wins in over 40 ultra-marathon races throughout Asia, restoration from coaching and races has all the time been my high precedence. 

In trying to find a strong restoration and hydration complement, I acknowledged that important nutritional vitamins and minerals – each in range and amount – had been lacking from virtually all dietary supplements available on the market. I had the sensation that in an effort to maximise their bottom-lines, corporations within the hydration house, did not ship a product that would meaningfully help athlete efficiency. 

To be able to handle this, I started the event of a hydration product. After two and a half years of growth alongside a number one German sports activities scientist, BIX Restoration, a complicated, high-quality restoration drink was born. 

BIX boosts 12 lively substances scientifically balanced to interchange misplaced electrolytes and help in immune perform. It’s designed with high quality nutritional vitamins and minerals, in portions that work! 

BIX is a restoration answer for everybody, that can get you to the highest of your recreation!

Nice hydration.

What can I say about HumanTecar,  ( ) it appears nice, smells nice and is superior for restoration and even pre-run/exercise. Learn concerning the science behind it first after which attempt the merchandise. The compression bandages are simply magical after an extended occasion. Put these on and the subsequent day you might be recovered, I’ve used them on a variety of events they usually by no means fail to astound me albeit the household poke enjoyable at me as I seem like a ‘mummy and scent humorous’ !


Fractel ) have your efficiency headgear coated. I like the colors and the performance of those hats, I assure there may be one mannequin you’ll fall in love with.

Fractel headgear, simply ace.

Shokz headphones, allow you to keep up a correspondence with the world round whereas dropping your self in high quality tunes or podcasts. ( )

Greatest working headphones EVER !

T8 working attire is the perfect you will get, second to none. Designed for the extremely humid Honk Kong situations the house owners stay in.  It’s gentle and does away with any chaffing worries. T8 is the identify given to the very best hurricane warning in Honk Kong,  storms and typhoons with gusts exceeding 180kph, which explains the branding. (

Altra provide the perfect path sneakers on the planet, in my view, and none higher than the Olympus 5. Do your self a favour and purchase a pair. ( ) Osprey Australia have come onboard and are supplying me with two working backpacks and travelling baggage for the Run Britannia journey. I notably like their working backpacks and am excited to check them over the occasion. I’ll be utilizing the Duro 6 and the Duro 1.5 backpacks.
Excited to have Coros onboard who’ve provided me with the brand new Apex 2 Professional GPS watch. I already owned the Apex 2 and was stoked when Coros reached out and provided me an improve. Much more battery life, are you able to imagine 75 hours utilizing GPS, wow! The watch itself is superior, so gentle and nicely made. The watch is paired with a unimaginable utility to maintain monitor of all of your stats, and runners love stats ! .  ( )

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