Today we launched our next challenge. This one takes Warren and I into the unknown and will push our bodies and minds well beyond where we think they can go.
On September 4th, 5th and 6th, in Market Square Guernsey, Warren Mauger and I will be running for 48 hours on a treadmill with one core aim.
To change as many lives for the better as we possibly can.
We are very excited to be joined by Robert Young, aka MarathonManUK, and Adam Holland. We first heard of Robert Young when we were training for our 7 Marathons in 7 Days in 2014. His story of what drives him is one that every person needs to read, and we had the pleasure of meeting him at the Guernsey Marathon, which was marathon no.7 for Warren and I. Adam is in the same mould, driven by having a positive impact on people and using crazy challenges as the vehicle for doing it.
Many people have asked us the same question when we have mentioned our challenge “so how long does person run for?” assuming that we take it in turns on the treadmill. No. It is 48 hours on the treadmill for each of us. Alongside using the challenge to raise as much money as possible for some amazing charities we are also aiming to break a world record. The current world record for the furthest distance run on a treadmill in 48 hours is 251.79 miles. We are going to attempt to break the 48 hour world record.
But the important thing here isn’t the world record. At the core of this challenge is the desire to change as many lives as possible. During our 7 Marathons in 7 Days challenge in 2014 Warren and I swiftly realised that it wan’t about the running. The running was merely a vehicle to create a positive impact.
Last year we set ourselves a big target of £20,000, many people told us it was too big and we’d never reach it. But, thanks to the amazing Guernsey community we surpassed the target by a a few hundred pounds and the money went to helping people overcome poverty in Africa and supporting the amazing young people we have in Guernsey. This year, we have set an even bigger target, £100,000. Yes, we know it is a big number, but we are passionate about changing as many lives as possible for the better. This year we are supporting the same two Guernsey based charities This Is EPIC and TheHUB, along with Robert’s chosen charities, the NSPCC and Dreams Come True. You can find out more about the charities from the links below.
This Is EPIC – Working to end poverty for individuals and communities in a sustainable way.
The HUB – Providing a safe place for young people in Guernsey to get advice & support.
NSPCC – Helping children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives.
Dreams Come True – On a mission to bring joy to seriously ill children and young people.
If you would like to support us here are a couple of really simple ways of doing it.
4. Cheer, Toot, Wave (when you see us training in our orange tops)
We’ll be sharing more about our training and the event in coming days and weeks. Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our challenge, I’ll leave you with a little something from Robert Young, MarathonManUK.