Weʼre raising £500 to help Oarsome Foursome in their bid to row the Atlantic and raise money for their three charities - I'm running 100 miles in one go!
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Ok, pay attention as this is a bit different. I'm raising money to help some friends raise a shed load of money for three great charities. To do this I'm doing something crazy so that they can do something even crazier. All rather stupid but the charities win in the end so that’s all right.
I’m a runner so I’m going to run further than I’ve ever run before. 100 miles to be exact.
They are rowers (well most are) so they are going to row further than they have ever rowed before. All the way across the Atlantic which puts my little run completely in the shade. It will be a massive achievement when they make it.
Running is my hobby and over the years I've done quite a few marathons and longer. However, I've only done one 50 miler (in training) and one 64 mile race. Stepping up to 100 miles puts me well outside my comfort zone and into the realm of silly. To make my life easier, I've chosen to run the Cornish South West Coast Path from Coverack to Porthtowan via Land's End. This is a rather lumpy route with terrain that really isn't the easiest. Oh and I'm doing it in February so the weather is likely to be a little damp, cold and windy. The run is named the Arc of Attrition for good reason and has a 55% average DNF rate. DNF stands for Did Not Finish so over half the people that start this race don't make it to the end.
Ok, so what I'm doing is crazy. However, rowing across the Atlantic takes crazy to a new level.
Oarsome Foursome are four amazing women from Cornwall and Devon who, at the end of this year, will row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in a very small boat in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Rowing Challenge. Billed as The World’s Toughest Row, the enormity of this challenge should not be underestimated. In comparison to other challenges, more people have climbed Everest than have rowed across the Atlantic.
Team Oarsome Foursome will be raising money for and awareness of three South West Charities: Cornwall Blood Bikes, Carefree (which works with hoteliers and holiday homeowners who give up their properties to allow carers to take the break they so richly deserve) and hospice charity Hospiscare Exmouth & Lympstone .
Team Oarsome are, in their own words, four ordinary women doing extraordinary things and they need your help. In order to get to the start line of the Challenge they have raised £30k already but need to raise a total of £100k. The boat and all the equipment will be sold after the Challenge and all monies raised will go to the charities.
So I'm running 100 miles to help Oarsome Foursome get to the start line! If you can spare a little donation it would cheer me up as I pound through the miles of the South West Coast path next month. Thank you!
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