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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!

Image courtesy of MudCrew Ltd.

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  • Colin Bathe1 day ago
    Colin Bathe

    Colin Bathe

    1 day ago

    The time limit is 36 hours (midnight on Saturday) and I hope to finish a couple of hours before that but the cut offs are tight and I will be struggling to keep ahead of them. Combine this with the rain, snow, wind, mud and darkness that I will likely face on a February day in Cornwall and it is going to be epic. I can't wait! Watch the video (cue the dramatic music!) and then if feel like it, contribute a few pennies to a good cause. Thank you.

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  • Colin Bathe1 day ago
    Colin Bathe

    Colin Bathe

    1 day ago

    100 Miles. So what is that all about? The start is 12:00pm on Friday 1st Feb at Coverack. You then keep the sea on your left until you reach Porthtowan, or you get timed out at a checkpoint or part of you breaks. There are four checkpoints where I can have a rest and get some hot food but I won't be sleeping during the run and the more time spent in the checkpoint means a bigger danger of not making the cut offs. Hopefully each stop will be kept to 10 to 15 mins with maybe half an hour at St Ives.

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  • Helen Mitchell

    Helen Mitchell

    Jan 23, 2019

    The realm of silly - go to it! Good luck Mr B.

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 22, 2019

    Good Luck. Well done for supporting the ladies.

  • Sue Sykes

    Sue Sykes

    Jan 22, 2019

    100 miles will be an awesome achievement Colin a distance that folks like me can only dream of. All for a great cause. Run safe and enjoy yourself!

    £5.00

  • Marilyn and Bob Smythers

    Marilyn and Bob Smythers

    Jan 22, 2019

    Good luck Colin will be thinking of you.

    £20.00

  • Louise Carter

    Louise Carter

    Jan 21, 2019

    £10.00

  • Helen Wrixon

    Helen Wrixon

    Jan 21, 2019

    Your crazy ventures never cease to amaze me. Good Luck

    £10.00

  • Lora

    Lora

    Jan 21, 2019

    A heroically bonkers endeavour, but worth every blister to get Oarsome Foursome across the Atlantic!

    £20.00

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Ultra runner and electronics consultant. Likes a bit of crazy in his life (see bio photo).

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