James Runs Far
We love hearing stories from people like James. Now, here is a chap who is about to undertake one of the most gruelling challenges we have ever heard of! Not only is it a major personal aspiration for James to break this world record attempt but he is doing it in aid of raising money and awareness for a truly brilliant and worthy cause: Hope for Children.
James is going to run 800 miles in 9 days.
When we heard about James’ world record attempt we had to get involved! So, we offered to sponsor the bikes for his support team and challenged our MD Alex Cooper to accompany James and run for 13 miles on one of the days.
We spoke to James to find out more about what he is doing:
On Saturday 25th May 2019, I’m going to start an 800 mile run from Land’s End in Cornwall.
If everything goes to plan, by Monday 3rd June, I will be in John o’ Groats, Scotland.
And I’ll be a Guinness World Record holder.
That will mean I will have run around 100 miles a day.
For about 18 hours a day.
And I’ll have burnt and ate more than 10,000 calories a day
Every, single day.
For 9 days.
To help me, I’m going to have a support team of 7 people.
There will be one person cycling with me at all times.
The cyclist is one of the most critical roles out of all the support team.
Not only will they be giving me food and water constantly to keep me going.
But they will also make sure that I am going in the right direction.
They’ll also have to motivate me when I’m feeling down. (Possibly by singing! Although I haven’t told them that, yet.)
So it was an ideal fit when Ernest Hunter Green said they wanted to support my world record challenge by sponsoring the bikes.
Because Ernest Hunter Green are a support team too.
They support their candidates find the right career moves. And they support their clients find the right hires for their businesses.
(And I’m sure they would sing if you asked them to!)
The values of Ernest Hunter Green also match the values that I need as part of this challenge.
Honest & Passionate
I am honest with myself, and my team, about this goal.
Everything will need to fall perfectly into place to achieve the record.
But that honesty has only made us a tighter team, aiming towards one vision.
I have also always been passionate that people should set goals that are way beyond their ‘limits’.
If you don’t set yourself those goals, you’ll never know what you’re truly capable of.
And without setting myself this huge goal, I would never have achieved some of the things that I have in the past 6 months.
Like winning a 100 mile race. Which was the second one I’d ever entered.
Or running more than 300 miles in a week.
Or being able to run 80 miles on one day and 80 miles the next.
I’m honest about what I might be able to achieve.
But I’m passionate that with the right preparation, I can achieve it.
Brave & Tenacious
Being brave and tenacious are ‘must-haves’ when attempting something like this.
Lots of people have said that this record is too hard to beat. And that other athletes with a better running calibre than me have failed in the past.
But I’ve been tenacious in the face of this.
I have to maintain the belief that my training and preparation will give me the best possible chance of beating the record.
Part of this has been doing the things that I don’t really want to do.
Like waking up at 4am, 6 days a week, for almost 6 months.
But being ambitious means that you have to be brave and tenacious.
Challenging & Human
I have had to challenge my support team constantly throughout the build-up to this event.
It’s not going to be a holiday for them. It’s not going to be a nice experience for them. And it’s almost entirely for my own benefit.
And they have challenged me.
We’ll continue to challenge each other until it is over.
But we need to remember that we are all humans.
And even in the darkest times, when mistakes are being made, or we disagree with each other, we need to respect one other.
Challenging each other in a human way will mean we get the best out of everyone. And that will mean we have the greatest chance of success.
Thanks to Ernest Hunter Green
The partnership with Ernest Hunter Green aligns perfectly with my attempt.
Their support is going to be a huge factor as to whether I am successful.
And I am enormously grateful to them.
Donate to A Great Cause
As part of my challenge, I’ll be raising awareness and money for Hope for Children.
Hope for Children passionately believes that every child has the right to a happy, healthy and positive childhood.
They are improving children’s access to education and healthcare. And empowering their families to support themselves whilst developing their confidence and self-esteem.
I’ve set a very ambitious target of £10,000.
Please help me hit that target, by donating at this link
Follow My Journey
You can follow my journey in a number of ways:
- My website – JamesRunsFar.com
- Strava – https://www.strava.com/athletes/8348550
- Twitter – https://twitter.com/James_Runs_Far
- Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jamesrunsfar/
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JamesRunsFar/
(And hopefully I will hear some of you singing to me at some point in my journey! Feel free to send videos or audio clips to any of my social channels J)