On 5th September 2022, to show others that despite life throwing curveballs our way we can still achieve, I will begin my run from Land’s End to John O’Groats. I will be covering a distance of 40-50 miles a day for 20 days, a total of approximately 855 miles.
Yes, I have my concerns. Running, however, is the least of them! I wonder how much of a problem my tinnitus will be with having road noise around me for approximately 10 hours a day. I worry about not hearing traffic around me (as I have no direction of sound). I’m also apprehensive about how I will cope with fatigue and the nausea associated with it. I have good support around me though, and we’re working hard in training to overcome these issues as best we can.
I have applied to Guinness World Records to register this under “First Sensory Impaired Individual To Complete LEJOG On Foot.” This is proving problematic as there is no ‘suitable’ classification for the impairments I have. Once again this highlights the lack of awareness of hidden disabilities, but I am still in discussions with GWR who will hopefully find a suitable title for this attempt. Fingers crossed.
As you can imagine, a challenge like this has costs attached and this is why I really need your help; by far the biggest expense is hiring a camper van as a support vehicle. I still suffer badly with fatigue, and having somewhere to take a break during the day as well as overnight is hugely important to me. It would also stop my Acquired Brain Injury team flipping out!
For this, I need your help. If you could contribute towards this challenge in any way, it would be greatly appreciated. Every penny can make a difference, and any excess funds raised will be donated to the 2 charities in addition to the funds raised through the event. To find out more or to make a donation, please click here.
All supporters will be acknowledged throughout the challenge, on social media platforms and credited at the end of a short documentary we are making about this journey that I hope will help others and give deeper understanding of what’s it’s like to live with conditions such as this.
Your support will be helping me to help others by proving that we do not have to be defined by what has happened to us.
Throughout the challenge, I aim to raise a significant amount for the British Acoustic Neuroma Association and Manchester Skull Base Foundation (FBT). Both of these organisations have been a great source of support and this is my way of giving back to them in some way.
You can follow my journey on social media, where I discuss training, nutrition and the ups and downs of life with a dodgy head. Links are below.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about this challenge! I look forward to posting updates.