A New Challenge

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Equinox-Night-View

For the last few years I have focused solely on marathon running in all it forms, from small events to the huge marathon majors like London and Berlin, from measured road marathons, through trails to the seriously mountainous. I have also completed main consecutive marathons, from 2 in 2 days all the way up to 10 in 10 days but always 26.2 miles. I consider myself an accomplished serial marathon runner and endurance runner. I’m very happy with this level of hobby and fitness and wish to continue for the near future with a view to run marathons I’ve yet to experience around the world.

All this said, I do have a longing to push my body further to see what I’m capable of before I’m too old. One day in years to come I don’t want to be regretting not having taken on a few more challenges. I sometimes think that running is no longer a challenge but I love it too much to give it up. Even running a marathon does seem much of a challenge but again I love doing them and currently have no desire to stop.

I have considered training for an Ironman. This would certainly be a challenge, maybe even too much of a challenge with my very poor ability to swim. Although I’m not completely ruling out the idea. Challenges often start with an idea (like to 10 in10), end up consuming you too much until you have to do it.

Equinox-Start

I’ve run many 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon races but so far rarely ventured into the dark side of Ultra running. For people reading this that don’t know what ultra running is, it is races longer than a marathon and these can be over 100 miles! For sometime I have been wondering if this extreme running world could hold the natural progression for my running and be my next BIG challenge. After months of careful consideration, looking at events and teasing bits of information out of ultra-runners I know, the next big challenge is set, the Equinox 24. This is a 24 hour running race, held in the grounds of Belvoir castle in Leicestershire. It is a 10k course which starts at noon on Saturday 17th September and finishes noon Sunday 18th September. The event can be run in relay teams or solo and the aim of the event is to run as many laps as possible in the 24 hours. As you can probably guess I’m planning a solo attempt.

Equinox24-Start-Area

 

This will take my running far beyond anything I’ve ever do before. I’ve never run for more than 6 hours before so I will be going way outside my usual comfort zone as well as running throughout the night and having to wear a head touch.

The preparation is on the way with more long runs done, collecting information on how best to pace the run, keep hydrated and what nutrition to take on to keep me moving for 24 hours.

If you would like to read more about this event then follow the link below:-

www.equinox24.com

Once again I’m going to use this challenge to raise some money for the Brathay Trust, if you feel inclined to sponsor me or donate some money to help this worthy cause which supports vulnerable young people then please follow the link below:-

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/malc24

As part of my training I have just completed 2 marathons and the Yorkshire Day 6 hour challenge in the last 8 days. The legs have held up well and which has given me a much needed mental boost towards the challenge although these runs are still a long way off what I will be attempting in mere 5 weeks time.

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