Having read that you are never more than 70-miles from the nearest coastline in the UK, last Saturday I decided to try running from my London flat to the ocean.
My route planning only extended as far as confirming that I wasn’t at the furthest point from the sea. This is how far it might have been if I’d taken maps.
Suburban running doesn’t require much kit. A credit card and water bottle should cover most eventualities.
I ignored Dan Martin’s advice, and even Mark Kalch’s, and stuck with a normal bowl of muesli to fuel my morning.
Time check London. Time to start running.
Past some lovely views…
…and some others.
Until, after more than six hours’ running, when I dreamt that I must be nearly there, this sign crushed me. 19 miles to go.
But I hobbled onwards until the sea came into sight (you have to really squint)…
…to become perhaps the first person to take a proud self-portrait in front of the ‘Welcome to Southend-on-Sea’ sign
Following the directions of a helpful local downhill, the coast came into full view and my hands raised above my head on autopilot. I’d made it.
11 hours. 50 miles. An achievement tarnished only slightly by the amusing fact that it was low tide and the sea was barely visible!
Thankfully I found a small pool for a quick saltwater plunge.
Amazed that I was still capable, I had to run for my train, where I sat shivering all the way back to London as the sun set on a long day.
Great effort tim! I just have one question…….why did you take a spork?
I thought it might open up more food options (like the buy-one-get-one-free on Muller rice I’d seen advertised at a bus stop). On this particular run it was used only to aid consumption of a battered cod on the train home. Perhaps not an essential piece of urban ultra-marathon kit.
Great Work. 70miles in less than 12 hours; not too shabby.
Eating Fish and Chips with a fork? Very Posh : )
You are, as ever, a hero and an inspiration. Loving your work!
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