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WhitstableDave

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Charity walks in 2021
« on: 16:49:18, 03/04/21 »
So far, my wife and I have signed up for two charity events taking place this year: the Pilgrims Way Challenge 2021 and the 2021 London Marathon.

Pilgrims Way Challenge 2021

Quote from: pilgrimshospices.org website
Join the popular Pilgrims Way Challenge and enjoy the rural beauty of one of England’s oldest and least-trodden national trails. Starting from the picturesque village of Wye, nestled in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, follow the Pilgrims Way, through the scenic Stour Valley, to the historic cathedral city of Canterbury. Along the way you’ll pass through ancient woodland, rolling fields and charming villages, as well as a few challenging climbs through the undulating geography of the Garden of England.

The event takes place on Saturday, 19th June and is limited to 800 participants. Three distances are on offer: 25km, 35km and 55km (we're doing the 55km). Entry costs £30 (£45 on the day) and includes various goodies including an official t-shirt that walkers are encouraged to wear on the day. Running is being permitted for the first time this year, so perhaps we'll try to jog the long final descent into Dover!

I've always said that I didn't want to take part in a mass event, but everything else about the Pilgrims Way Challenge was too tempting to miss!

Find out more here: https://www.pilgrimshospices.org/event/pilgrims-way-challenge-2021/


2021 London Marathon

Following the huge success of last year's Virtual London Marathon, a virtual event is again taking place - this time alongside the actual, real life race on Sunday, 3rd October. Same day, same distance, different place.

My wife managed to get both of us places. She will be travelling to London for the race and will attempt to run the distance. I will be doing my own marathon route along the North Downs Way (as I did last year) and try to beat my previous time by running some descents! I should stress that it is entirely acceptable to run or walk the London Marathon in any combination!

For the virtual event, a phone app tracks your progress, provides a commentary (which can be muted!) and confirms your distance and time. 

I understand that entries for both the London event and the virtual version sold out very quickly, but perhaps others here have managed to secure a place (I know at least one fellow member did the virtual event last year too).

Find out more here: https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/


If anyone has signed up for or knows of any other long distance charity events taking place this year, please share the news...  :)

harland

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Re: Charity walks in 2021
« Reply #1 on: 18:02:27, 03/04/21 »
Having "run" the London Marathon in my 30s, 40s, 50s and walked the virtual one last year in my 70s I'll wait until I can do it again in my 80s - don't want to peak too soon!  ;D

WhitstableDave

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« Reply #2 on: 18:12:46, 03/04/21 »
Having "run" the London Marathon in my 30s, 40s, 50s and walked the virtual one last year in my 70s I'll wait until I can do it again in my 80s - don't want to peak too soon!  ;D

Did you take a 'rest decade' in your 60s?  ;)

I think your average daily mileage so far this year shows you're definitely still on the up!  ;)

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« Reply #3 on: 18:26:24, 03/04/21 »
No, I had an operation on my spine so I decided to give up running and do long-distance walks with a bloody great rucksack on my back so that I could take it easy!

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« Reply #4 on: 17:18:11, 05/04/21 »
My wife reminded me that we've entered another charity event - the Vitality London 10,000:)

Actually, as with the London Marathon, the Vitality event can be completed 'for real' in Central London on Bank Holiday Monday, 31st May 2021 or as a virtual race any time between 29th May and 6th June on a route of your choosing. Entry to the London event costs £39 and it's £19 for the virtual event.

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    Q. How can I take part in the 2021 Vitality London 10,000?
    A. There are two ways to take part in the Vitality London 10,000 in 2021. You can enter the central London event taking place on Bank Holiday Monday 31 May, or take part in a virtual event running 10K on the route of your choice wherever you are in the world from 29 May until 6 June.
    Q. Why are you holding a central London event AND a virtual Vitality London 10,000?
    A. Last year we held our first-ever virtual Vitality London 10,000 – it went down a storm with nearly 11,000 participants, who enjoyed the freedom of running for their heads and their hearts from wherever they were in the world.

    So we’ve partnered with Mental Health Mates to offer a virtual option again this year – ideal if you can’t make it to London on Monday 31 May, or if you’d just rather take part closer to home, with or without friends and family!

We'll be on holiday in the Peak District during the period for the virtual event, and we're hoping to do the 10km in Landal Darwin Forest Country Park.  8)

More information about the Vitality London 10,000 can be found here: https://www.vitalitylondon10000.co.uk/

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Re: Charity walks in 2021
« Reply #5 on: 14:16:49, 19/04/21 »
I'm contemplating the Lands End to John O'Groats virtual challenge, which starts May 2nd and is a year-long challenge. Considering I'm just getting back into things this is just perfect for me, it will spur me on, but I'm unlikely to get overwhelmed by having to complete it in a short time.

WhitstableDave

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« Reply #6 on: 14:34:12, 19/04/21 »
I'm contemplating the Lands End to John O'Groats virtual challenge, which starts May 2nd and is a year-long challenge. Considering I'm just getting back into things this is just perfect for me, it will spur me on, but I'm unlikely to get overwhelmed by having to complete it in a short time.

That one looks very tempting...  (https://www.theconqueror.events/lejog/) ...and the medal looks great!  O0

I'd probably enter (for the medal!), except that I already do lots of syncing of activities and copying data and I'm not keen to add any more. I'd certainly be interested to hear how you get on though if you decide to do it.  :)