ZANY: Bowness-on-Solway 25.06.11

We’re in the local press!

The miles are piling on as last Saturday we practised Day 6: Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway, which, according to my new Garmin fing, was 14.49 miles. No real difficulties with the route, but will we be saying this on 13/08 when we do it for real?

I was on strike yesterday so we went from Halton Shields to Heddon on the Wall and back: 16.86 miles. Slight blister trouble at the end for Andrew but the presence of Scooby Doo saw us through the rain. This will constitute part of Day 2 and I have memorised the distances each day:

Day 1 – 15; day 2 – 15.9; day 3 – 12.9; day 4 – 9.7; day 5 – 17.7; day 6 – 14.4. These wiil be checked in a middle-aged and pedantic way on the Garmin Forerunner.

You will see some anomalies there but it’s the best we can do logistically, using the AD122 bus. Oh and we’ve got our 3-day ‘Rover’ tickets.

John has gone from a definite maybe to a provisional yes.

This is where we are staying on the first night:

Saturday sees a dry run of Day 5, the long 17.7 mile ‘descent’ into Carlisle from Birdoswald.

Scooby Schnax

Running around…
Oh and to read that story of our intrepid local heroes, misattributed quotes and all, go to:

Here it is in full:

Carlisle men plan to run six half marathons in six days

Last updated at 13:15, Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Two Carlisle men are taking on a challenge when they run six half marathons in just six days.

The pair are partly inspired by Eddie Izzard’s epic marathon challenge around the UK for Sport Relief and aim to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

Andrew Story, 48, from St Aidans, and David Graham, 49, from Stanwix, will run 84 miles along Hadrian’s Wall in August, starting in Wallsend on August 8 and finishing in Bowness-on-Solway on August 13.

They have been friends since their school days at Trinity.

David said: “For most of my adult life, I have not looked after myself and I had a real wake-up call in 2006 when I was diagnosed with angina and had an angioplasty, which is two stents inserted into my arteries to keep them open.

“It was time to give up smoking and drinking after which I then took steps to tackle my weight. Fell walking became my passion and then I gradually got into running. I have built up my running and have taken part in half-marathons, 10km races and have one marathon under my belt.”

Andrew said: “Like David, I used to be a heavy smoker, but managed to give up about seven years ago.

“I have always enjoyed fitness training but used to kid myself that smoking didn’t make any difference to my performance. Since I quit smoking, I have had a lot more energy. I have not run these kinds of distances before and so I wanted to take myself up to another level and completing this will be a major achievement.”

The two also want to raise £1,000 for the Katie Piper Foundation, which is helping people to live with burns and scars. This can be done through their ‘Just Giving’ page –