This Blog is a tribute to Lloyd Newell, my wonderful little brother, to document our trials and tribulations as we embark on numerous events in the build up to The 100 Peaks Challenge in 2017. We have two aims; keeping his memory alive and trying to raise as much money as possible for some wonderful causes.
Lloydy was KIA June 2011 and we hope in time that our endeavours will enable us to create a foundation as a permanent tribute to the man he was, and the legacy he created.
.......is flying by, and as we creep (or limp as the case may be) into April, the word running through the group seems to be 'progress'. For me personally I'm dipping under 15st on the scales for the first time in quite a while, starting out at 16 and a 1/4st in Mid-Jan (almost a stone and half gone). A complete change in regime and an absolute desire to not miss an opportunity to do some form of training really is driving me forward. Don't get me wrong there are days, when regardless the body (the shins and knees especially) just doesn't want to play ball. I've changed my running style too now, and am also beginning to notice the benefits of that. John continues to progress after his long enforced lay-off, again as most of us, having the occasional bad day, although at the moment he's at odds to determine what he likes least, running or rowing! Luckily Pete seems to be reliably at Johns side, and together they are churning out some miles. A few of the boys have also been measuring their progress against the Para Fitness test and in all cases coming in as 'recruits', hopefully by the time September gets here, we would have stepped that up a bit!
With just a little under 3 weeks until Coley is smashing up the Virgin London Marathon, he has knocked out his final big prep run, and knocking up some impressive times, especially over distance, coming in at not a lot over
7min/miles. The guy's a machine - please make sure you show your support for him and fill the coffers of his sponsorship pot.
After much huffing and puffing I have managed to get the boys tied down to a date for a first proper 'Yorkie' beasting, the weekend of May 18th we will be found in a field somewhere, doing what men do in the wilderness, making fire, eating sausages and getting muddy! It will be the first opportunity for us all to be together as a group and for those of the group that don't know each other, to get to know each other. Should be plenty of banter being flung about with the mud!
In addition to my stupid self doing the Colchester event (which I have now officially signed up for), Coley, Craig and a very good friend Stephen Elliott will also be running the event with me. Stevie knew Lloydy very well and were close friends so for me it's an honour to be doing the event with him and it will ensure that the Colchester event is every bit as special as the Catterick event. It's just a shame a few of the other boys can't be talked into it.................(although some of them, have a valid excuse, as they'll already be in Cyprus, waiting for Caroline and I to arrive for our wedding)!
.......in every sense, and I can honestly say, in the last few days, when it comes to emotions; I've been through them all.
There are tough events, and then there's the Fan Dance!
Let me put it into context:
Saturday 20th July, I'm awake at 0440, the alarm is due to go off at 0515. The bed is unfamiliar and the room is like a frickin sauna! I lay there just waiting for the ducks to start quacking (if you have an iPhone, you'll understand) and listening to and watching my wife sleep. My admin is sorted, so I've got nothing to keep my mind occupied, well that I can get on with, without disturbing Caroline. When I return to the room from the shower, my beautiful wife as she always does, had placed a card where I had been laying, every event she has done this, and boy does it put a lump in the throat. I'm just waiting for breakfast to turn up and to get myself in my kit. Breakfast arrives and to be fair, I can't face it, the banana loaf that's on the tray lo…
........it's been two weeks now since we completed The 100 Peaks Challenge and to say the post-challenge blues have set in is an understatement of epic proportions. Don't get me wrong being back home with my family is the best thing ever, especially after a month of what we had to endure. The moment the hotel door opened in the Travel Lodge in Merthyr, the night before we completed the Challenge, to reveal my littleman and gorgeous wife standing there, will live with me as one of the most precious moments of my life, ever.
However, there's something magical about pitting your wits against everything that nature can throw at you (bar midgie hell), which is immeasurably a lot easier to tolerate than being back in the daily big city grind, which poetically itches like midgie hell! There is no substitute for the freedom that affords you.
Over two years ago I had an idea, and I nurtured that idea (with some pretty significant help) into reality, on three fronts it has been suc…
Firstly my apologies as I publish this post, I've still got loads to catch up on from the second half of 2016 and the first part of 2017! I will get back to that I promise, there is some great stuff to write about, The Cateran Yomp, Berlin Marathon, The Winter Fan Dance - Trident Edition and my first official Ultra and a few Marathons in April (this month)!
But with 30 days to go and the weekend just gone being Lloydy's birthday it seemed appropriate to pen an update on The 100 Peaks Challenge.
We are now as you can imagine into the business end of the Challenge, with Ops and Logistics being the spearhead of our focus at the moment, even relatively simple tasks of getting to the start of the Challenge (Basecamp 1 - Glen Nevis) are more difficult than you can imagine, especially when you have no money as such to fund a Challenge like this! We have though been fortunate in the last week to receive a cash sum towards the Ops costs which means at least now we have some cashflow an…