Double up for next year he said…….knee has started hurting already!!!

So the gauntlet was thrown down and I’ve said yes ……..I must of forgotten all the pain and the tears from last year and the fact after running over the South Downs I ended up in hospital!!! But that’s just it I have forgotten and all for a very good reason pain is only temporary but pride is forever and because it is for an amazing cause and on behalf of an amazing and inspirational man who I had the up most pleasure to meet last year, Steve Chalk.

So I find myself pricing up mountain bikes for the 140 mile ride part of the 200 miles and looking at a marathon training plan that I can fit in whilst i’m backpacking around Thailand…this should be interesting even more so we are now to submit Vlogs do you guys not realize how camera shy I am!

The End

I’ll apologise for the essay now – Sorry! So sat here writing this and reading others I’m a little bit more emotional and overwhelmed than anticipated. To be there at Winchester with all these strange and unfamiliar faces, no one would have known that those same faces 4 days later would be as sorely missed as they are. Despite all the setbacks of the challenge, grumpy, old heartless caretakers, missing stops, going a couple miles wrong and yet still getting back on track, the shear agony on our legs and the long dwindling days in which light soon turned to dark, I wouldn’t have changed it for the world and looking back you could say that we all thoroughly enjoyed it and wouldn’t hesitate to step in again.

Of course, the support team were excellent. Always holding out a helping hand for you, putting their own hands in their pockets to fuel us (I must have had a tub of peanut butter to myself! Thank god for the change to tuna on the last day ;)) Waiting all day at various stops along the country but yet still be cheery and encouraging at the end. They all have a heart of gold! Even at the last stop of day 3 at bo peep car park, the heavens opened and there was me with nothing but shorts and a T-shirt. Dawne offered her fleece jacket for me to wear leaving her with nothing, in the cold of a minibus. It’s the little things that mattered. Joff in a cold a dingy changing room making me the biggest mug of tea at 11.30PM on the smallest of stoves because we weren’t allowed in the kitchen!! Not to mention him always having my change of trainers on hand in the back of a packed van! All the other guys bending over backwards to help us get things, cook things, clean up after ourselves, unloading and loading the van, driving us about…the list is endless! I don’t think they realise just how much help they were and for that I can only salute them!

Now the runners, well, they were just made of steel. A mile away from the finish line, Seb believes he’s in the circus, doing flips and cartwheels along the route. Must have got the energy from those skittles. Some of the injuries the runners were suffering were horrendous and yet they carried on through the pain! Jades little knees were flucked before a mile was ran, added to this 6 months ago she couldn’t run 1 mile without stopping, for her to finish was something else. Through the pain with nurofen and standing only due to her friendly wooden stick I may be a little bias but I think she is incredible. Also, I won’t forget how on the last day at a snail’s speed, Joe turning to me and saying ‘I’m at a peak pace’ due to his dodgy knee, shin splints and IT band (Still not convinced everyone knows what that is mate ;) but your roller mat makes for a good foot raise at night!). Sarahs knee was pretty impressive to be still walking on too! Now I’m no physician, but basically, she had no knees. It was one solid mass of skin from her thigh to her ankle so I’m guessing something wasn’t right. And yet drondle on as she did with her heart of gold (still didn’t eat those homemade flapjacks, I was gutted!). I never saw anyone with as much determination to finish the challenge as Tara! She had her own setbacks, and yet told herself and everyone she was going to do it weather it took her all day and night! For Amy to continue after her dads injury I thought was extremely encouraging to watch. It would have been easy for her to drop out and yet she didn’t, although given where she was saying she hurt, don’t think there was a place on her body not in continuous pain!! Toz was just superhuman as always. Powering on through, fag in one hand beer in another. Loves his Mani’s pizza too, ate his own and anyone else that seemed to be ‘struggling’ with their own ;) Absolutely horrendous feet and popped blisters by the end though! Now I am a podiatrist though, and I can say that his feet were disgusting and that he should seek medical help! ;) that rusty old nail to pop them though probably wasn’t your best move! With ben, well, ben’s ben isn’t he. Not one injury and powered on through the 100 looking like he could run back home. All credit to him though for stepping in a week before. Think he lies a lot though given the amount of times I heard ‘ I reckon at the top of the hill, well go back down it and that’ll be the checkpoint. WRONG! And then there’s Steve. The fighter of them all. Wearing all the clothes he had to shield away from the sun and dripping in sweat yet still going. Even after his knee gave in he knew he was going to pass that finish line. Even when trying to be persuaded to pull out completely, he said no and up those rocky hills which weren’t good for his knees he went. A true legend that has certainly left his mark in plenty of people’s hearts.

Oh, and there’s Geoff, the late addition to the team. What a cracking man he is. The shoes made us laugh, The man made us laugh, The laugh made us laugh. He just kept on keeping us going and was a superb team player. Some great stories too (I won’t mention the one whispered at the pub at the end eh? ;) )

And that’s it. It’s over. Gone. Forgotten about and I feel rather sad knowing that. Yet, what we have achieved, with no real professional help, will be felt by others and benefit people that we may never even meet. We done something silly in June, What will you do …?

Until the next time, Over and out.

Charlie

So much to say and not enough blog!!

When my dad first told me he was terminally ill with cancer my whole world fell down beside me, I was devastated, how could this happen, this is my dad he is invincible, why has this happened to him but like I said this is my dad, there is no way he would let this defeat him and therefore there was no way I could crumble as he needed me. Through finding this out I found out who true friends are and found out just how loved and appreciated my dad is and along came #somethingsillyinjune.

Now of course I was going to participate, I would do anything for my family but when 8 other people put them selves forward I was in true awe of their commitment to my dad. We pull up at the start and everyone is full of beans, unsure of whats ahead but loving every minute. To be honest on day one it was pleasant, finding your feet, enjoying whats going on around you, hating Jon blowing that horn at every check point (which I then on day 3 was always praying to hear). Everyone got on attacked the challenge and at the end of the day we were all smiling. Of course there were a few niggles, aches and pains. Me and my dad made the perfect pair by 20 miles he was struggling up the hills and I was struggling down them, but you know what, we done it 30 miles down and 70 to go.

Day 2 I wake up and I can barely move but its ok everyone is smiling and laughing away there was no time to feel sorry for myself I just had to keep on keeping on. We push on, attack the day like we are invincible, the barber shop quartet leading the way. I’m with every step dying a little inside with pain but pushing through it, no time for feeling sorry for myself everyone was in the same boat. We fight our way through the haunted woods of death down the hill and we are at the first check point, brilliant! We set off again and bam! My dad is in trouble, its his knee. I knew it was bad when even the cows were spurring us on with their moo’s and he still wasn’t picking up the pace. Its just me and him slowly (like toddler steps) plodding along, not going to lie I wasn’t sure on what to do, with every step my dad took came a big yelp of pain or a swear word, we were pretty much at a stand still up a massive hill, and I was unsure of how I was going to get him to the next check point, but with patience and time we got there. He couldn’t go on, I stayed with him (you never leave a man behind) and good old Geoff (George) rose to the challenge, off the barber quartet went with the boat shoes in tow. My dad said he couldn’t go on so at the next stop I knew I had to, so I joined the quartet (I already knew in my head this was going to hurt) I was strapped up and jogging along with the boys. They amused me and were gentlemen, if they needed to fart they would run at the back, true gentlemen. We catch up with the others and come across a beast of a hill, it was worse than any of the hills we had already attacked, worse than the Winchester hill (if you read my dads blog you will know how hard that one was) but with a little encouragement and everyone’s smiles and banter I was at the top, woohoo! We get to the next check point strap up, refresh and off we go again. Then it gets hard, I don’t know what happened but this was the LONGEST 7 miles ever, I still say now that it wasn’t 7 miles because mentally it killed me. Everyone is powering on and then there was me and Sarah at the back, the pair of us limping away and in pain. It goes on, and on, and on. I start hallucinating thinking the sheep were the support crew cheering us on and when I found out it was only sheep I break. For the next 2 miles poor Sarah has a very depressed Amy along side her but its ok because we had each other. The mini bus is in sight but seemed so far away but we get there. I struggled alot when my dad wasn’t there, when he met us at the stop I just cried. Mentally this was tough. I wont even talk to you about what that evening had in store for us but we were not happy campers any more.

Day 3, the final day. I’m at an all time low. No one could hug me without me crying, even before we set off my lovely boyfriend comes to give me a morning hug and what happens I just cry. Oh brilliant i’m an emotional wreck and the rest of the team are going to have to put up with it, I try my very best to pull myself together, Toz clinks his cigarette against mine and we are off. Geoff in his boat shoes, still finding everything hilarious. We then head off in the fog and for the next 5 miles we just keep going up. Everyone is at a low, we are all feeling it but we trooping on. We start to come down and still there is no horn blowing, no white shirts, we have been going for 3 hours, WHAT IS GOING ON. I of course start my crying antics but its ok Ben, Tara and Joe give me a pat on the back I walk in front and keep going down. Then there it was, the steepest, muddiest, most horrible looking hill ever, I stand at the bottom, uhoh here we go again. I’m having a little moment but the boat shoes appear next to me, Geoff holds his arm out and up we go together, Geoff as always is laughing at the hill, it was always the smallest things that got you through. We get to where the stop should be but through a horrible load of coincidences the support crew weren’t there. But they arrive and then the most amazing thing happens; we are well behind on time and need the tempo upping so the next 14 miles or so are covered in 2 and a bit hours. It was the most amazing thing I have seen and I will always remember it – I would never have thought Tuna sandwiches could have such magical properties!!

Anyway as the story goes on there were more hills, more aches, but we made it as a team we crossed that line every single one of us. By that point Geoff had the speed kings which sounded like clogs clip clocking away, they brought us hours of amusement along the south downs. Every single person in that team brought something special which made every step that little easier so here I go:

Jade- one word AMAZING, through thick and thin she smiled, no matter what. She gave me so much encouragement to get back up and carry on. Gandolf became her nick name and even with a massive knee injury she just done it, she didn’t complain it was AMAZING.

Charlie- to me Charlie was silent but deadly. He was so quiet but there he was attacking every moment, he was pushing on helping Gandolf along the way, it was lovely to watch. He could walk next to me and be saying nothing yet some how it was just helping me no end.

Tara- in one word SUPER. Tara could be struggling but out of nowhere would just pull it out the bag and would just go, there was no stopping her, off she went like super woman. Picking everyone up along the way and taking them with her. She would crack a smile and everything would be ok.

Sarah- Incredible, in the most pain Sarah would just keep it going, singing her heart out, who would of thought after day 2 Sarah was going to be able to keep going with her poorly leg (Tara kindly names the tree trunk) but incredibly she did.

Ben- Invincible. Ben made it look like a complete breeze. We would hobble along with Ben in front of us strolling casually with his hands in his pockets, hopping the fences like he hadn’t already run 70miles.

Toz- Relentlessly enthusiastic is what I will say about Toz. He always found the silver lining in the cloud. No matter how crap it got Toz would just make it all seem that much better. He was consistent with his attitude and I never seen or heard a negative action come from him.

Joe- Snaggle tooth. There are much better words I could use for Joe as he was an absolute trooper but unfortunately for him he picked up snaggle tooth along the way. He has a heart of gold and was so committed to SSIJ it was great. He made sure there was no I in team on those 3 days.

Seb- Determined. There was no stopping Seb, absolutely nothing was getting in his way. He had so much life and soul throughout each day and he was never down about anything (well not to my knowledge). Seb always helped people without even realising.

Geoff- Speed kings. Geoff and his humour got me through a lot, when my dad pulled out and he stepped in his whole attitude was immense. He is so modest about his actions which makes it even better. I don’t think he will ever actually realise what he did for the team and how much of a breath of fresh air he brought.

My dad- HERO. Don’t think I need to say much else about him. He knew how to get me through the south downs and he just done it.

So that is it, no one will ever read this and even get a sense of what it was like for us. You just simply had to be there to understand just how difficult and how intense this challenge was. I must not forget to say just how INCREDIBLE the support team was. They too will never fully understand what they did for us and how they actually kept us together. Jonny, My Mummy, Aunty Alex, Uncle Joff, Craig, Luke and his amazing blister plasters, Dave oh no I mean Rich, Dawny Dawes, you are all wonderful people and without all of your cuddles, encouragement, enthusiasm towards us, time, patience and hard work it wouldn’t of been possible to of got through all of that. You are all WONDERFUL in my eyes.

I’m on top of the world today and will keep each moment locked away forever. I will never forget anyone that was involved and each of you have a special place in my heart. I’m in complete awe of you all and could never thank you enough for what you have done for my dad.

Thanks for all that have donated and believed in us and I guess I shall see you all next year YOU ABSOLUTE LEGENDS!!

Love hugs and kisses and remember …. Stay Classy!!!!

Over …..

xxxx

OH MY CHRIST its Tomorrow

This has come around so damn quick. Tomorrow we embark on one hell of a journey 100 miles over 3 days.

I have trained and trained and ran and ran and ran and ran and ran then when all that was done I did a little bit more running.  I feel as ready as I will ever be but I dont think there is ever a way I would be fully prepared for a challenge like this.

Today is the final day to get ready. Ive got my bag packed, trainers ready, checked my tent, iPod charged and water at the ready and its only 3 o’clock. So for the rest of the day I will be trying to think of the best excuse I can to get out of this………. dammit its to late. So I’ll use my time wisely and strap wheels to my trainers.

When I think about tomorrow morning its very daunting that instead of getting up, making some lunch and heading to work I’ll be eating porridge, meeting the team and we’ll all be running 30 miles and thats just the 1st day of 3 which happens to be the shortest. So think of us when your sat at your desk, behind your bar, painting, building, coaching, teaching, cooking or whatever it is you do because I’d bet that no one would want to trade places. That said CLICK DONATE and support us with anything you can manage.

Hopefully we will be able to blog and keep you updated over the next few days so keep checking.

Special thanks to everyone at work for all the support and I love the tracking board so I’ll try and keep you up to date.

Wish us luck and next time you hear from me I will be part of the way through.

Final preparations…

Firstly it’s an honour and a privilege to be involved in this event and I thank Steve and the team for letting me be part of it.

I only found out a few weeks ago that I would be doing this event so when I came to the realisation that we are running 100 miles in 3 days, I couldn’t help thinking that my current training needed adapting slightly. I am a runner and have been for a few years now. I normally run around 50 miles a week and race for Salisbury running club. However, the furthest I have ever ran was the London marathon in 2010. It took me a week to recover from 26 miles so to run another 74 after is going to be a very hard task.
I have 100% confidence that we can pull through as a team and complete this challenge for Steve.

Unfortunately I can’t get to the old ale house on Saturday as I am working but I’m sure there will be enough alcohol consumed in my absence. I’m looking forward the first cold pint when we are standing (maybe crawling) on Eastbourne beach!

The main thing is that we raise money for factor 50 and everybody continues to donate and show their support. Many thanks to the masses of you who have donated already.

Now for the last few training runs until the big thing…and a lot of pasta!

Ben

ONE WEEK TO GO. OH MY GOD.

Hello peeps, hows it going? I have been a naughty Chalkster and have not been blogging in a while (smack my wrist) but its ok IMMMM BACCCKKKK. Well since we last spoke you will all be pleased to know i have had many running disasters, not as great as the treadmill but still they are up there.

So i found i hate running on my own. When i attempt to run on my own i might aswell not of bothered, its boring. No matter what i do, what music i listen to or how many running games i make up in my head . . . . . ITS BORINGG. I also get scared running on my own, i am a victim of too many horror films so therefore everytime i go running i atomactically think the chain saw masacre man is going to get me. Which leaves me with limited “safe” places (not that broadchalke isnt safe just in my head its all a horror film) to run long distance in the land of broadchalke. So i take to the hill opposite my house. Its a hot day, im tired from work and really not wanting to run but here i go. Im going up the corn field its going good then a massive hare jumps into the track im running along and it races in front of me, its almost like he’s teasing me “haha look how fast and far i can run Amy, you are rubbish, haha look at me go, come along with your fat ass” well that instantly makes me angry so i keep going up the hill, and up and up and up. I get to the top and turn to the silly hare and stick my two fingers up to him. Now im feeling slightly pleased with myself i havnt let the hare get me down im powering on. I climb over the fence into the next field. This bits easy its a nice long downhill jogg. “oh crap, ouch, ouch, OUCCCHHHHH CHARLIEEEE” Im stood in the middle of stinging nettles they are everywhere and i think right i can hop through these quick and it will be fine, then theres more, and more and more, “WHERE DO THEY END???!!!” Im thinking to myself. Then i hear a twig snapp, of course in my head its the man from the chain saw masacre, of course it is, im in the middle of nowhere, on a big hill with no houses near by, “omg going to be chain sawed.” but i look and its only two deers about 100 metres from me. A massive sigh of relief. Then i look again and they are just stood there staring at me, so i stare back. Then i think hang on a minute “DONT JUST STAND THERE, COME AND SAVE ME FROM THE STINGING NETTLES GOD DAMM IT” but they dont. No they just stand there staring so now ive fallen out with the hare and the two deers. Ive faught my way through all the stinging nettles and im on the hill to get down, the grass is long i cant see and WHAM im in a badger hole, “WWHHHYYYY, WHY WOULD YOU DIG YOUR HOLE THERE MR BADGER” im shouting, so i spend the rest of the journey leaping in the air trying to dodge the badger holes which arent visible due to the stupid long grass. 20 minutes later im out the field, im stung all up my legs, im annoyed at the animals, im angry with the grass and i just want to get the last bit of the run over with so i can go home. I go into the next field. Im running through the field, im near the end of the field “yay” im thinking. I climb over to the track behind my house i have 400metres to go and im home “oh crap i cant get up the track” they have only gone and fenced it off, with a fence i cant climb. So now im forced to run the extra long way home. I get in relieved to be home, covered in stinging nettles, not friends with the two deers, hare and badger and have picked up 7 bites along the way. What a run. The main thing is i wasnt in a horror film and the chain saw masacre man didnt come out to play … phewwww.

ONE WEEK TO GO. OH MY GOD. I feel in no way prepared for this but im going to do it anyway and you know what ill give it 100%. Just keep donating and keep us keeping on. I am excited really, what will i do once the run is over? i will have no life anymore. I will miss all these horrible runs in the sun and rain and falling off things and down things. (hahaha joking i am, i wont miss them really) Thanks for all that have supported us and people get to the ale house this saturday for a lovely somethingsilly gig which Mr Thom Belk has very kindly prepared.

Good night all, sleep tight and dont let the stinging nettles bite ….

Stay Classy!

xxxxxxx

Turbo Session = COMPLETE

A quick little micro-post, as I know EVERY one is waiting to hear about how I’m doing ….. yeah ….

So I had another physio session this week, was looking forward to it weirdly … Any way, this weeks session included another painful massage basically un-knotting my calf. As well as that I had some more ultra sound treatment and to top it off some lovely acupuncture … whether that works I don’t know, but I definitely felt the needles hitting the nerves!! It was quite cool watching the needles go in at my knee and feeling it at the tips of my toes.

All of that seems to be having a good effect – I managed 45mins on the turbo trainer last night, which isn’t a lot but I did it with no real pain in the calf other than it feeling a little tight, as I’d expect. The next step is to try a little jog on it, depending on how I feel after a few stretches tonight I might venture out for a little test, fingers crossed!!

Oh, and remember to be at The Ale House this Saturday night, a benefit gig for SSIJ is happening, it’ll be awesome!!

7 DAYS TO GO!!!!!!

So were in the final week of preparation for the Big Run. This is where its starting to feel real, before hand I was training for a run that ill be doing in the future, now im training for a run im doing NEXT WEEK!

Wow that’s come around fast.

My training has been good so far, clocked up over 70 miles over the last week over 5 days and to my surprise I felt fine. Obviously I had some minor aches here and there but nothing a good leg rub from my ever supporting partner couldn’t sort out.

Now Tonight is the start of England’s Euro 12 campaign and it clashes with my normal slot for running so ill be embarking on 20 of your finest miles around Salisbury the minute the final whistle goes. Now im hoping to be running in a good mood with a smile on my face but if we do some how manage to lose I will be a very angry runner so my apologies if I don’t follow the correct runner’s decorum and wave.

During my training I have slowly enjoyed running more and more and would even go as far to say that I will be continuing to run (maybe not as much) once the run is complete. Im also hoping that the gruelling pre season football training I go through each year will be a lot easier for me than normal because I should be in theory as fit as a fiddle.

Don’t forget there will be a gig at the Ale House this coming Saturday to help raise some more money, so come on down, have a drink and donate some pennies.

Thanks to all.

Hamstrings, jelly babies, great advice and not running alone!

This is my first post and I apologise for taking so long to do this but with all the extra training and some last minute shift changes at work my day to day life as I knew it has gone to pot!! (not literally!)

So having increased my distance of my runs thrown in some cross training on the bike and then 3 to 4 sessions with British Military Fitness a week I started to feel a little bit of pain in my right hamstring, now when I say a little I cried like a baby, so maybe it was a little more than that! Having spoken with some fellow runners it was decided that I was probably better off going to see the professionals so off I trotted at 10 am on my day off to Derby Runner whereby the most amazingly honest women I have ever met told me that I had the wrong trainers and that the trainers I had been running in for 2 months were in fact for a neutral runner, DOH!!

New trainers purchased, hamstring massaged (new swear words invented!) new running socks and I’m ready to take on the world until 10 miles into a 14 mile run and develop a blister on my left big toe this then turns in to 7 blisters all down the insides of both feet (complaint email sent to creator of amazing socks that prevent blisters!)

I’m now beginning to worry that someone has it in for me so I sought out further advice from a lovely lady named Sarah Harris ultra distance runner and winner of the Nottingham to Derby Kilomathon, Derby 10k and the Derbyshire Cross Country Championships when I told her I was training alone she advised that for upping my distances that would get monotonous and it may be a good idea to go with someone to spur me on……..thats great but imagine the replys I got when I asked for someone to join me on a training run on facebook! So up steps my lovely and amazing son Thomas (v.proud Mum!!!) he offers to get out the bike he has only ridden the once since his uncle brought it for him 4 years ago and come with me!!

So Monday morning 11am off we go and we rocked! 19.89 miles later Thomas with a sore bottom and myself despite strapping up my feet and taking lots of Ibuprofen with blisters the size of golf balls and some slight hamstring pain made it home in one piece and I was really proud of myself I felt good and Sarah was right Thomas made the time fly by he made me laugh and carried the energy gels and the rehydration drinks! (now they are another story for another time I think) He also had the bag of Jelly babies which I can not normally eat as they make me feel sick but they were just right at mile 12, 15 and 18 and will definately be stocking up for June.

So I’m really looking forward to the challenge a. because its a challenge b. because its for a fantastic cause and c. because I get to run with others and I hope that they too will spur me on and make me laugh and I hope to be able to support them too so we can get through it together!

dragging myself from the rut.

Being injured has to be one of the most frustrating times for anyone who takes part in any kind of sport or physical activity.  My whole lifestyle changed and I felt myself getting lazier by the day. I went from training 5 days a week and playing football to no activity whatsoever, just lots of rest which got very boring.

I was getting sucked in by the rest as well, sleeping in later in the mornings, eating a lot of not so healthy foods and drinking more frequently….but to be completely honest I actually enjoyed it.  Now its time to drag myself out of the rut and get back to some training.  My leg is not fully healed but its feeling much better so tonight im going to hit the gym and attempt a workout on the core and a session on a exercise bike.

With 5 weeks to go its time to get the training back on track and the body ready.

There was however a positive side to being injured although I wasn’t able to play in the SSIJ football tournament I did get the chance to have my managerial debut.  The 4 team tournament was a great success, we even ran out as winners after a last minute equaliser (thanks to some radical but effective tactics) in the first game then taking the game on penalties and a more comfortable win in the final. Everyone played there part and the evening was a huge success.

A huge thanks to Thom Belk for putting the night together and for all the teams and people involved. A special mention to Amy Chalk for wandering around all night dressed as a giant panda taking donations, I dont imagine it was at all comfortable in there.

The start gets ever closer and time seems to be flying by, I better get myself ready for a work out.

Keep on supporting and donating, every contribution helps massively.

Thanks, until next time.