From a simple idea in April 2011 to 5 weeks of pain a year later, I ran 5 marathons in 5 weeks on 5 continents - my 5in5on5 - to raise money for some great children's charities.
Job done - 5in5on5 ended at 5 am on Sunday in Singapore in the middle of a tropical storm! My body aches, I've lost 3 toe nails and I have no idea what timezone I'm in, but it's been one of the greatest experiences of my life - travelling the world, meeting family, friends and colleagues and running in some of the most amazing places. There were some worrying moments (my mum washing my passport and the runaway toddler who sent me crashing to the ground just before the finish in Oz!) but all worthwhile!
I've also been really inspired by the efforts of so many people, not least the 25 Woodmac runners in Singapore - I'm extremely grateful for your support!
Special thanks to the CSR team who have done so much - the amount raised is down to you. If anybody else can donate it will really help us meet our target!
Finally, the question I've been asked more than any other - what next? Well, I think I'll have a rest. That is, until the next one. Yeah, every runner knows that feeling...
Just arrived into Singapore from Melbourne where I completed the Great Ocean Road marathon in exactly 3 hours 30 minutes - a new personal best! The route was truly spectacular (may have just pipped Vancouver) and the weather perfect for running - I'll post up some pictures shortly. The first of the marathons where I've managed to avoid the 'wall' also, which was great. Thanks to my colleagues Neil Thomas for travelling to Australia and running with me (both of us feeling it in our legs on the journey back this evening), and also to Eileen Goh for her world-class CSR support (and a very respectable half marathon time to boot!).
Just one marathon to go in Singapore this coming Saturday night/Sunday morning and then 5in5on5 will be complete - and we're now beginning a big push on fundraising also!
Vancouver was amazing and running through the Pacific Spirit park with the snow-capped Rockies on one side and the Pacific on the other really was terrific. Myself and Andy Strachan started out at a good pace (1 hour 39 min half marathon) but sadly London, South Africa, the flights and the jetlag were still in my legs and I slowed badly in the second half - final time was 3 hours 39 minutes (the same as my London time). Would have been a lot worse had it not been for Strachs refusing to let me feel sorry for myself and forcing me onto the finish line (eternally grateful for that Strachs!).
Will be leaving with great memories of a fantastic city, marathon and people - next stop Melbourne!
I completed the Wally Hayward marathon in Centurion, South Africa on Tuesday 1st May in 3 hours 38 minutes - hot and hilly (and a cancelled flight on the way meaning I arrived the day before the marathon). Currently in Heathrow waiting to board my flight to Vancouver for the marathon on Sunday. Body feels fine but my only concern is my passport, which enjoyed a full cycle wash and tumble dry yesterday! Looks ok so hopefully I'll be fine!
Happy to say that I am now 1on1in1!
London was fantastic, with huge crowds and perfect weather. Unfortunately my time of 3 hours 39 minutes was not quite so great but I am still in one piece (just) and already looking forward to my next marathon in South Africa next Tuesday. The link below has my times and a photo via the link at the bottom of the page - I think I look ok ,but poor Bruno looks in agony!