It’s been quite the adventure. With a first half marathon up in Edinburgh and a second in the gently rolling hills around Kingston Lacy, I’m two races through my challenge.

Still to come:

  • Great North Run, 15th September
  • Ipswich Half Marathon, 22nd September
  • Henley Half Marathon, 13th October
  • Suffolk Coastal Trail Half Marathon, 26th October

Such a massive thanks to all of you who’ve supported me so far – you’ve made it a fantastic £420 raised! If you’ve not yet sponsored and would like to support, please go to my fundraising page and add your name to the list! Target is £2,000…

The story so far:

Edinburgh was massive – so many people – such long queues for the loos! I reached the end of the toilet queue with 20 seconds until start time, and actually began the race as the portaloo door swung closed behind me.

The rest of it was great – beautiful views at the start:

Arthur's Seat from EMF half marathon start line

Then a lovely run along the waterfront to the finish in Musselburgh. Thanks for all the brilliant people of Edinburgh who came out to watch and cheer us all on! And for my fantastic hosts for the weekend – so generous.

Paul at Edinburgh half marathon finish

Then it was the beautiful Kingston Lacy – we started and finished in front of this amazing building:

Kingston Lacy National Trust property

Though I was tempted by the beer festival in the local the night before, I resisted and was delighted to beat my Edinburgh time around a lovely course. Thanks to all the great people I met before, after and even on the way for making it such a top day!

Paul at Kingston Lacy Half Marathon finish

Then came the fateful injury…my tibialis anterior muscles were getting damaged (basically, I have floppy feet, according to the physio) so I was off the running until these super-shoes arrived last week:

Paul's new running shoes!

Superb. Now back to training. Bring on the endorphins!