This morning I had some mail in my inbox. Not the sort of mail that goes straight to the trash, but one that you read and get stoked about.
The email was forwarded from the ever helpful Peter Ambrose, who has been super supportive and been that voice of genius through the last few months of training and planning.
Mark Hartell appears to have acquired a purple tshirt!! Here’s the words he sent with his picture…
“Britain has a fine tradition of eccentrics and nothing could be more so than running the entire length of our country off road and barefoot. It will certainly require uncommon dedication and endurance, but Aleks already has a pedigree that shows he is made of the right stuff.
I wish him well on his endeavour and hope that he smashes his fundraising target for the Stroke Association!”
11 Time winner of the Fellsman 60 mile fell race. Holder of the Lake District 24 hour fell record (77 Peaks)
If you’re not sure who this guy is do a quick google search. He’s a legend in running and despite numerous attempts, especially recently by Adam Perry. All I need now is a little of his ultra powers, combined with a purple power tshirt and all will be well!
So, as the event draws nearer, I’m finding it slightly difficult to find time to train and carry on doing my job. Last week was a definite reset week, with little running or other training, and huge focus on sleep and school work.
This week things pick back up. Running, gym, work and supporting a fellow ultra runner Clare Holdcroft on her Bob Graham Round attempt. Hopefully not too much of it will be in the dark as I’m aiming to support her on 3 out of 5 legs. The big challenge will be to get recovered in time for the Peak Districts Kinder Trog fell race the day after.
BGR is a monster of a route with lots of uphill, so if I can use it as part of training and do it successfully, it’s going to be a huge tail boost. Here’s to the next 5 weeks before the utter madness begins.