To prepare all who want to cheer the marathon runner for MS Research.
Tension mounts, we are breathless in the office! We drink a lot of decaff coffee as we think of Mutiple Sclerosis (MS). We can hardly move our MS fingers.
We have been receiving some news that we are pleased to share with you:
Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham has pledged a significant donation and says, “I do so hope that this wonderful project and this amazingly brave plan will raise lots of money for such an important cause. Helping others is something we can all do and getting behind these guys is there for all of us to do”.
That will cheer up the marathon runners a lot!
Preparations are keeping us all very busy. We are back from up North. We cheered the researchers in Bristol with our news. We are getting more prizes for some of the raffles that MS Research charity support team will be holding on Ian and Phil’s route for the Coast to Coast ultra run. Here is a map on the right to show the different stages of this fantastic challenge below based on the famous Alfred Wainwright Coast to Coast Walk:
Fri 10th April Day 1 – St Bees Head to Rosthwaite (23 miles, 3100 feet climbing)
Sat 11th April Day 2 – Rosthwaite to Bampton (27 miles, 7800 feet of climbing)
Sun 12th April Day 3 – Bampton to Kirkby Stephen (20 miles, 2000 feet of climbing)
Mon 13th April Day 4 – Kirkby Stephen to Reeth (23 miles, 4000 feet of climbing)
Tue 14th April Day 5 – Reeth to Ingleby Cross (33 miles, 2000 feet of climbing)
Wed 15th April Day 6 – Ingleby Cross to Glaisdale (27 miles, 4900 feet of climbing)
Thu 16th April Day 7 – Glaisdale to Robin Hoods Bay (16 miles, 1600 feet of climbing)
Well, after finding out about the local scenery and knowing the support these intrepid Coast2Coast ultra marathon runners where going to get. I mailed Phil Boardman at work. I wanted to know about their running in a Cornwall marathon on Sunday 8th March. He wrote me these extremely interesting news when he could manage some spare time:
I ran an extremely hard marathon. The weather was bloody awful – the course record was 2:31 and the winner could only manage a 2:55 (I think, maybe slower) which showed how tough it was. I managed a respectable 3:36 which I was proud of in the conditions. Ian also had a really good weekend, he ran back to back 15 milers so we’re both getting there now. We went to a lecture by an explorer/athlete last week too which has refreshed our enthusiasm. I’ve got a half marathon this weekend and Ian is pressing on getting used to running back to back days. After that, we plan to run together on Salisbury Plain next weekend – that will be the last chance for us to train together before the event. Less than a month to go!!!
It is wonderful news that so much energy is going to help the cause of Multiple Sclerosis. Their target is to reach £5,000 as their Justgiving page shows for MS Research. I like to say that they run to help PwMS walk!