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Barriers of old

As I have run down the UK, there are walls everywhere this brought back memories of running along the Great wall of China where I was totally absorbed in the magnitude of this feat of mankind, how and why was this wall build. Slowly as the facts unfolded, so too was the total awe of this feat and shear accomplishment, the biggest construction site in the history of mankind. I look across the landscape that I am now running, there is hardly and area that does not have some kind of wall, hedge or barrier that is man made.

The night of the midge

It was the first long walking day after my injury, slowly getting going again. Darren had gone ahead to find a suitable place to park the van for our overnight. Andy and I finally arrived at the spot at about 8-30, exhausted after 12 hours on the road. We just wanted to eat and collapse in our bunks. On arrival we could see that Darren was a bit agitated, the whole van was totally closed up and he was sitting in the driver’s seat just staring...

Road ahead

Scottish Summer

Rolling green meadows everywhere, dotted the biggest and most healthy cattle that I have ever seen, this is interleaved with flocks of moulting sheep, their winter coat hanging off in tatters as the prepare for the warmer weather not only that, but muscular and fit. There is absolutely no shortage of good grazing here.

But as I look up to the sky the sun is quickly blotted out by massive low hanging low clouds rolling in over the ocean and enveloping the hills and valleys, leaving massive strips of mist that look as if they are torn off as the clouds roll on inland. The weather pattern is strange here, very unlike the winter that one sees back home. There one can predict what the day may do, especially when its going to rain and for how long. Here there seems to be no end to the stream of clods as they roll in day after day.

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Over night at the quarry

The first day on the road is always a difficult one especially with regards to your first overnight spot as one is not yet used to the system in the country and where you may and may not sleep. Darren had been driving around, looking for a camp site. Andy and I used to the life on the road said to him not to worry, we will find a spot. The day was coming to a close and we spotted something that looked like just the place. It was an old deserted Quarry, it seemed all fenced off and long out of commission. There was an office building in front of the rusty locked gate. The windows were broken and half boarded up. We sent Darren a locator and waited.

To the east of the start

The Start (UK 2012 Challenge)

What a mad trip it’s been from South Africa. I awoke on Monday morning at 4, a friend of mine was going to Johannesburg on the early flight, so he offered me a lift to Cape Town international airport. I boarded the 6 o’clock morning flight to Durban, I still had to do 2 presentations that morning in Durban, then fly to Johannesburg and then only catch the evening flight to London Heathrow. Then the next morning catch a flight to Edinburgh, landing there at 11-40. Andrew and Darren were then to meet me there and we would do the 500km drive to John O’Groat’s to the start of the run.

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Miles for Smiles Facebook Page

Hello everyone, We're making fantastic progress across the UK. Yesterday (3 July 2012) we did our biggest day, 58km. Because of our frenetic pace this year I haven't had much time to sit down and write my blogs, but you'll notice I'm very active on Facebook. So if you want to see what we're up to, go there, and leave a comment. Seeing all the activity on Facebook really inspires me to push harder. Thanks for all the support, it's overwhelming! The Miles for Smiles foundation...

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R1 Million raised for Operation Smile!

On Tuesday the 12th we closed the chapter on the India run at the annual Miles for Smiles gala dinner with a R1 million cheque hand over to Operation Smile. It has made every step worth while across India and for all the other individuals that have contributed to the foundation. “May the Smiles rain down and the tears of joy flow”, thanks to all of you. As the one chapter has closed so a new has opened and on Wednesday the 20th I hit the...

Reaching the end

Reaching the Southern Tip

Run, Run and run again it’s been like this for the past nearly four months, covering a distance of 4008 km, in 93 days. No matter if I have been sick sore or even discharged from hospital, I have had to keep moving. This run has been the most pressure that I have ever been through on an event. I still don’t know why it’s been like this, but the main factor I feel was the terrain, basically flat road running. There has been no assistance from the terrain from a physical (up and down hill) or mental perspective ( the natural beauty of the surroundings in limited bursts). On top of this there has been the constant human element. With India having such a massive population and such limited space, one can never escape into the quietness on nature and just unwind and focus.