24 hours along Chester Walls-raising funds for Hospice of The Good Shepherd!
At 9am Sunday 26th May, I left Chester Town Hall and started my Running challenge.
Just after 9am on Monday 27th May, I arrived back at my starting point – having covered 90 miles (over 47 laps of The Walls)
Here’s my tale about the 90 mile journey.
During the first 6 miles, I tried to get into a running rhythm (not going off too quick was key, as this ‘adventure’ was definitely going to be a ‘marathon’ rather then a sprint). The light initial rain showers were actually pleasant and I felt energised and excited.
Now, it’s probably no surprise that when one starts to run around The Walls at least 10 times or more, one starts to become recognised by individuals working along the route. This was certainly the case with 2 local artists by The Eastgate Clock and The Dee – both very friendly, encouraging and supportive.
After nearly 3 hours, the fundraising campaign stepped up a gear and I grabbed a quick ‘pitstop’ to change into my first fancy dress costume = Spider-Man. Despite being rather warm, it definitely generated a lot more interest and increased the support/cheers from passers by. Families asked for selfies in return for a donation – great fun.
Support throughout from family and friends was overwhelming and without them the 24 challenge would have been a lot tougher. Special thanks to Mike, Tim and Bex (with family), Natalie, Richard, Joanna, Lisa and Dale, Rob and Martin. Of course HUGE thanks to my wife Karen. Local businesses were also really supportive – special thanks goes to That Beer Place, Hypha and Chip’d – awesome chips!
At about 3pm it was time to ‘switch’ into my 2nd fancy dress costume = Cheerleader. Once again this helped generate more generous donation collections. It’s worth noting that Spider-Man is definitely a more popular costume with everyone.
As well as the fabulous support throughout, I was overwhelmed by the kind donations (both online and bucket collection). Amazing!
The weather ‘gods’ were certainly looking after me during the 24 hours and I was fortunate to enjoy a beautiful sunset. Chester is a stunning city. At this stage my running had reduced to a walk/run strategy – my legs not surprisingly becoming increasingly tired/fatigued. I was really disappointed with this but recognised that the key thing was just to keep moving forward.
Between 11am to 4am, what could have been a tough period was actually quite good fun. As previously mentioned, the support from the running community (bringing food/snacks/water) was awesome and with chat/banter, the crazy scary black cat by Chester Castle and the entertainment provided by pub/club goers, time flew by!
Sunrise was around 4.30am and with only hours to go, I marched (staggered) on.
I am embarrassed to say that at around 6.15am, myself, Martin and Rob stopped for a short ‘pitstop’ at a well known food retailer – here, I felt very faint, struggled to eat anything, was almost sick and had a ‘fight ‘ with a toilet role. Enough said about that……..
At 9.02am, I arrived back at The Town Hall and to the theme of Rocky, hurled myself up the steps before celebrating!
Fundraising to date is around £1500. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN TO EVERYONE FOR THE SUPPORT. This is an experience I’ll never forget.