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Trails and Hills - Cotswolds RunningDr Ron Hill MBE set several world best times during his career, his proudest achievement being the 1970 Commonwealth Games marathon in Edinburgh which he won in a world record time of 2:09:28. Forty years later, his time still ranks in the UK’s top ten.

Ron Hill is quoted as saying “Get going. Get up and walk if you have to. But finish the damned race.” Finishing the damned race is exactly what I intend to do when I run my first marathon in Edinburgh next week. I expect my finish time in the 2013 Edinburgh Marathon will be approaching double the time achieved by the living legend, but I intend to finish even if I have to crawl across the line.

“Now bid me run, and I will strive things impossible.”
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

This time last year if you had asked me about running a marathon I would have told you that I dreamed of completing a marathon one day, but I would also have doubted that I would ever be capable of doing it. I’d tried to take up running before, but it was too hard and it bored me. Last year I decided not just to start running, but to run the Great South Run. I had a target, I was determined and I achieved my goal. Impossible lost it’s im. Anything is possible.

Jesse Owens said “We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” He was right. I’ve had the dream of running a marathon for years. In the last year I’ve found the determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort. Yesterday I completed my last long run before Edinburgh, 10 miles of hills, roads and trails. Next week I WILL become a marathon runner.

Cystic Fibrosis A Race We Must Win2013 Miles in 2013

I am doing my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as I have been surprised since I started fundraising for the CF Trust just how many people are unaware of this disease and so I hope my efforts will not just raise money, but also awareness of the UK’s most most common life-threatening inherited disease.

The first person to commit to sponsoring my 2013 mile challenge has committed to 1p per mile (£20.13 in total) and this got me thinking. I am hoping that as many as possible of those reading this will commit to do the same and the best thing is, if each person does this on a “pay as you go” type approach all you will need to part with is approx £2 just after each pay day. In January I completed 205.9 miles, in February I completed a further 200.9 miles, in March I completed 185.7 miles and in April I completed 192.1 miles. If you can please spare £7.85 to help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust it will be greatly appreciated.

The easiest way to give your sponsorship is to visit my Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/2012-AYearWithoutBeer-CF.

2013 Miles in 2013 – The rules

The rules for my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge are quite simple:

  1. All miles must be completely self powered (no motors, sails, etc)
  2. I must be able to evidence all miles, either via GPS or with a picture of any static gym equipment

To complete my 2013 miles I will be running, cycling, rowing and who knows, I might even try a few other self powered methods along the way.