Mutterings of a Fool

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Announcing – fool on the run

This post is a big deal for me, something I’ve been planning for a while and finally can share with you. Please, please, please read it, it means a lot to me and no it’s not an April fool but I did think it was an apt day to be publishing it!

Regular readers may have noticed a certain tone in some my posts over the past few months, where I’ve been trying to reconcile some of the things going on in my life and the choices we make when it comes to work and family. Through all of it there has been this feeling building that I need to do something good and give back a little. Our life might not be perfect but it is safe and secure, we have a good education system (even with Gove) and access to free health care. So if I can sacrifice a little to help those less fortunate, then it’s something I should be willing to do.

I have to run how far?!

I have to run how far?!

But choosing both the cause and challenge is something I’ve been struggling with. I don’t really get involved in charity activities, there are so many good causes but I needed to find something to connect to if I’m going to do more than just give the occasional donation here and ย there.

It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot over the past few months, taking time to read about the work charities do and find the ones that I can relate to. I want to support a cause that I can personally relate to because only then I think I can take on a big challenge with the motivation and passion needed.

Which leads me onto my big announcement; this fool is going to be really testing out his running legs and taking on a huge challenge. On July 19th I shall be running (and most likely a little walking) the Race to the Stones, 100km or 62 miles along the Ridgeway non stop. The race starts in Chinnor, Oxfordshire and finishes at the beautiful Avebury stone circle which is conveniently just a few miles from here. It follows the ancient path of the Ridgeway, a path that people have used for 1000’s of years and crosses some truly stunning countryside.

This is going to be a massive challenge there is no doubt of that but I’ve chosen to do it to support 2 charities that are very important to me personally and they are Tommy’s and Save the Children. With my goal being to raise ยฃ1,000 to to be split equally between the 2 causes. I’ll be telling you more in posts to come about why I’ve chosen to support these 2 charities and what they mean to me. I’ll also be writing about the training for it over on my running blog Lycra and Lunchboxes if you’re interested in hearing how that’s going.

For now I’ll leave you with a short video about the race, thanks for reading and I hope you’ll support me with your donations, your messages and maybe even cheering me on during the race! If you happen to want to give a donation already you can do so here.

Carphone Warehouse Race to the Stones from Threshold Sports on Vimeo.



  1. Well done you! What a tremendous challenge. I wish you lots and lots of luck and can’t wait to hear all about it. xx

  2. Good for you! I know the race I did for the MS Society last year (a 10k, paltry in comparison!) felt extra special, knowing that I was helping others at the same time, and I’m sure this one will be the same for you. And I bet you smash that ยฃ1,000 target faster than you think would be possible.

  3. Worthy causes and an incredible challenge. I’ll be with you the whole way. In spirit, obviously.

  4. Great challenge – fantastic – well done and good luck!

  5. Wow that’s amazing! Good for you! I am doing two half marathons in aid of the Lullaby Trust so I will sponsor you a few pennies if you sponsor me back? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good luck- what an amazing thing to do!

  6. This has made me grin VERY broadly and has set my cogs in motion – can we have a little chat? x

  7. Sarah @apartyofseven

    April 2, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Of course, you are inspiration my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Sarah @apartyofseven

    April 2, 2014 at 11:18 am

    plus you are a little bit loony for running that far!!

  9. sabrina montagnoli

    April 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Good luck! Looks challenging but a great race for great causes.

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