My Crazy Run
On Sunday September 18th I intend to try and run to March and back.
I’m doing it for three reasons. The first is that I will ask for sponsors to raise money for the Mayor’s Charity Fund. I feel it is the least I can do to support the Mayor, my friend Cllr. Garry Tibbs, in his efforts to raise cash for good causes. The second reason is that I have begun to try and get back into shape and its a worthy target to aim for. The final reason is that nobody seems to think I can do it.
I was not always a fatty. In my time I have been a Martial Arts Instructor, a competitive Martial Arts fighter, a 100m runner with a respectable time, an amateur bodybuilder. Recently, a health scare has made me painfully aware that I need to get back in shape and stop with the excuses of being too busy. When people tell me they don’t believe I can do something, it makes me more determined to do it.
So, on that Sunday in September I intend to “run” to March and back. It’s around 24 Miles I think. Yes, it’s a lot.
I am not setting any “time limits” on it, except that it must be done in one continuous exercise within the same day. So, I start and finish on Sunday, however long it takes.
Now I don’t want to lie. When I say “run” what I really mean is run as much as I can, then walk, then run again, then walk again and probably eventually crawl until I collapse :) But I will start at the Town Council chambers and I will run to the top of March High Street. I have not yet decided the route, but will do so in due course. Then I will turn around and run/walk/crawl back again. Or, at least, that’s the intention.
Before anybody moans at me – yes, I will take all necessary precautions in regards to safety, my health etc. Yes, I will get checked by a Doctor before I do it. Yes, I will make sure I have the correct fluids and nutrition. Yes, I will be training hard from now until then in order to have some chance at doing this. I will be asking people to sponsor me “per mile” or “overall” as they choose.
I accept that I may fail. I accept that some will ridicule my attempt, given my present physical condition. But I am going to give it my best shot nonetheless. And if I don’t make it, well, at least I will have tried.