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Warwick Castle Half Marathon Medal 2013Just 2 weeks ago I completed my first official half-marathon in 1 hour, 49 minutes and 53 seconds. I was really chuffed with that time. I have only been running 9 months and when I started it was taking me about 12 minutes to do a mile. I was hoping today I could match this time or maybe even beat it by a little. That was until I saw how hilly the Warwick Castle course is.

My wife and daughter were with me today to offer support. When the first racer to finish crossed the line about 20 minutes slower than the Silverstone winner and then said how hilly the course was in an interview my wife predicted I would be slower than Silverstone. This means she didn’t have a camera ready when I crossed the line in 1 hour, 43 minutes and 43 seconds – more than six minutes quicker than Silverstone! To say I am chuffed with my time is a serious understatement.

Just 10 weeks until my first marathon – eek!

Warwick Castle Half Marathon

2013 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 and in February I completed a further 200.9 miles. If you can please spare £4.07 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.