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.
The Virgin Money London Marathon Hokey Cokey.........
........as has been the expected norm over the last five years, the
ballot entry bore no fruit again. As I had done last year, after ripping
Ironman's head off, and throwing my bluray collection of same self-titled films
in the recycling, I submitted my application for a Gold Bond Place to once
again support and run for ABF The Soldiers' Charity. Writing the application
was relatively easy as most of what I wrote in last year's application still
carried through, specifically and most predominantly my main reason for wanting
to run the marathon again and support the ABF, Lloydy.
Bizarrely after completing last year's marathon, the thought
never entered my head that I would not do it again in 2015. Such was the buzz
surrounding the event itself, my own experience of it and not least, my
performance not only on the day but also through the whole ten weeks I trained
for it. I proved to myself not only did I have one more marathon in me, I possibly had a few more! However, once I had submitted my application to Sophie of the ABF before
the deadline of 9th October, it was very hard to concentrate on anything but
hoping I would get that call.
That call duly came on my way home in the evening of Monday
13th October; luckily, Sophie managed to be able to tell me that I had once
again, been selected, to run for them, before the inevitable dropping out of
signal on my iShit. Her opening gambit went something along the lines of
"looks like you better go for a run tonight", so I did, by means of
New training shirt selfie!
It's a huge honour and privilege to be given the opportunity to run and support the charity again and ultimately try and pay tribute to Lloydy by raising as much as I can for such a fantastic charity. Speaking of which, the link to my Marathon sponsorship page is live and can be 'clicked' on the right hand side of this page or via the link below: -
The support I've received in the last two years since I began getting involved in the events I take part in has being nothing short of humbling and at times overwhelming. I never believed that the efforts would have got this far, and that is because of so many truly wonderful people, but please if you can, be even more wonderful, the ABF count on our support to carry on the fantastic job they do - celebrate a hero, my little brother, click on my link, it really is appreciated.
Once again, I know it's now that the hard work starts, during the colder, darker months, when the head is just as inclined as the heart to look out the window and declare "f*** that"! But with last year's efforts still pretty fresh in the mind the impetus is still there and if truth be told, I can't wait to get started. I've set myself a target of 3:30 in 2015, which is 8min miles, more than achievable going on this year's efforts and with the full 16 weeks to aim at instead of trying to cram it into 10 weeks after The Winter Fan Dance.
I am at present; still recovering from a knee injury, but with
three solid weeks of building the strength back up, the knee is beginning to
show signs of a proper recovery. Although I haven't 'pushed' it too hard yet, I
have subjected it to quite a few 4/5 milers now and some pretty serious tabbing miles with 42lb on my back and
it seems to be holding up ok. So I'm hopeful before long I'll be back to throwing the serious miles down!
With the tabbing in mind, the last serious event of the year
I'm taking part in, looms large. In a little over 4 weeks I will, once again,
be back in Brecon, with the 'Dirty Dozen' taking on 'Point to Point', in full kit and a minimum of 40lb on the back, should be a giggle, jelly babies standing by! Hopefully I'll have the energy after to write about the experience........
I know it's been a while since I last updated this blog, but I'm sure in the coming months there will be plenty to write about, not least the next three events, and the blood, sweat and tears that are given in their pursuit.
I would like at this point to say thank you to Sophie and ABF The Soldiers' Charity for giving me this opportunity again and to those awesome people who have already donated! And lastly a thank you to my gorgeous wife for supporting me, despite knowing that for the next 6 months I'm going to turn into a running bore - I'd be lost without you Mrs R xxxx
.......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…