Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
These words from H. Jackson Brown Jr. (not, as often mistakenly attributed, Mark Twain) have been something of a motto for me throughout the 4 years of my ultra running career so far. For me, the joy of running is all about the simplicity of being able to explore the world on my own two feet and the intense experiences this brings.
Ultra running has taken me to some of the most beautiful places in the UK, challenged me and completely altered my perception of my mental and physical capabilities. It has also allowed me to rediscover myself following the birth of my two children and given me an outlet to be “me” and not just “Isaac and Emma’s Mum”!
Until now my running has been all about taking part in organised races, but for 2018 I have decided to set myself my own personal challenge by running “In the Footsteps of the Fallen” to raise money for charity and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Starting in Paris on 8th April, I will run the Paris Marathon, before running back to London, following the line of the Western Front and visiting many of the major battlefields and memorial sites of World War One. I will finish in London two weeks later by running the London Marathon on 22nd April.
I am still working on the final route, but it is likely to be around 360 miles, or running a marathon a day for 15 days. I will be running off road (other than the two organised marathons) and self supported, carrying my own kit and camping for most overnight stops.
I will also be raising money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, who provide lifelong support to soldiers, veterans and their families; a charity that as a former Army Officer is very close to my heart!
Although I have completed some long ultra marathons now, this run will challenge me to a whole new level and it is both exciting and terrifying to take on something that I really don’t know whether I am capable of! I can’t wait for the new experiences and challenges it will bring!
If you would like to support me in my challenge then I would be delighted if you would consider making a donation via my fundraising page.