This is the first day in a long while I’ve not done any running, cycling, kayaking or other activity – because I’ve just completed this year’s 5×50 Challenge.
The unusual charity event, launched in 2012, sees participants doing 5km of activity a day for 50 consecutive days.
By cycling to work most days, most of them take care of themselves but some days provide a different sort of challenge, including fitting your run or whatever around family life and other commitments.
I clocked a total of 941km over the last 50 days, an average of 18.8km (11.5 miles) a day, with a mix of running, cycling and a couple of days kayaking and canoeing.
However, the hardest part of the challenge for me was the final day. I’d been away for the weekend at a family wedding – managing to sneak in a couple of good runs thanks to an understanding wife and good planning – and was shattered after a long day on the road getting back to Inverness.
Getting out on the bike for that final 5km was a real mental challenge but once I got going it was thoroughly enjoyable and made it feel like I’d really achieved something in my own 5×50 Challenge. It probably also helped that the weather was decent when I got in the saddle for that quick ride!
I was sorry to miss the more sociable final day event at Bught Park this time but I would encourage anybody to take up the next challenge. Take a look at the website at 5×50.co.uk
Posted from Jedburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
I think I might have found a new favourite pastime… trail running. Partly as a consequence of entering this year’s Highland Cross and partly inspired by Susie Allison’s book on Scottish Trail Running, I’ve been doing a lot more off-road running recently.
It’s so much nicer to be able to get onto great trails rather than just pounding pavements all the time.
This weekend I’m down in the Borders and last night enjoyed a superb 7-mile run using parts of the Borders Abbey Way and St Cuthbert’s Way. The beautiful sunset helped, with views in the photo to the Eildon hills and Peniel Heugh.
The rain is pouring down today but planning a longer run as part of my training and as it’s the penultimate day of the 5×50 Challenge.
The following is a press release sent to local papers on behalf of a group of cycling campaigners/interest groups which met recently in Inverness:
Cyclists from across the Highlands and Moray are calling for action to help bring about a Scandinavian-style cycle culture to the north of Scotland.
Continue reading ‘Highland cyclists call for ‘culture change’’
Challengers line up on the last day of the challenge at Bught Park, Inverness
Celebrating the final 5km
With daughter Clara after the challenge
I recently finished the fantastic 5×50 Challenge – a challenge to run, jog, walk or cycle 5km a day for 50 consecutive days.
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My recent week-long trip through the Western Isles turned out to be something of an adventure. After two wonderful days cycling from Inverness down through the Great Glen to Fort William and on to Oban, I headed on the ferry to Castlebay on the Isle of Barra.
From here I had hoped the prevailing winds would help guide me through the Uists and Benbecula to Harris and on to Lewis, where I would reach the Butt of Lewis before returning to Stornoway to catch the ferry to Ullapool, and ride back to Inverness.
That’s not quite how it worked out, but I had an amazing journey and met some fantastic people.
Continue reading ‘Western Isles ‘circular’’