Sitting on the sofa with my feet up with aching legs writing this after running to work and back home again today, covering just under 11 miles, my mind turns to the thought of covering 30 miles, followed by another, followed by another seems baffling, to say the least.
However, that is what Peter Thompson is planning to do, starting on 19th May he will be running the entire Tour de France 2018 route starting seven weeks ahead of the professional riders that we love to watch every July.
He will attempt to run the entire 3,329 kilometres / 2,069 mile route - hopefully finishing just before they hit the finish line.
I’ll be straight with you, I’m not really a proper runner despite covering 30 miles per week, I’m firmly in the "a cyclist who runs" camp, whereas Peter Thompson is a proper runner.
You might say he’s got previous too. Last year he ran 44 marathons across 44 countries in 44 consecutive days (raising over £19,000), which takes some undertaking I’m sure you’ll agree.
Thankfully, Pete is carrying out this challenge to benefit two mental health charities Mind and Livability which is where Prendas Ciclismo come in.
If you follow our Twitter or Instagram feeds, you will have seen the odd photo of Livability Holton Lee which is a 350 acre site which my family visit throughout the year to enjoy the countryside, bird watching, walking and a bit of peace and quiet which is sometimes hard to find in the Summer down here!
But they do a whole lot more for a wide range of the community.
We have signed up to sponsor two of the stages, and given we were the first to signup, we had the pick of the bunch. As tempting as it was to opt for the 35km TTT around the town of Cholet so that Peter didn’t curse us during his run, we opted for two stages that we are really looking forward to viewing.
The 154km Stage 9 starting at Arras Citadelle and finishing in Roubaix after a number f cobbled sectors and stage 12 finishing atop the iconic 21 hairpins of Alpe d'Huez after 175km.
That's brilliant news - those 2 stages are a wise choice - they could only have been chosen by someone who understands the tour!
Peter Thompson. Runner, Speaker, Advocate marathonsforthemind.com
Sponsoring a stage costs £250, and there are still plenty to choose from, will get you a nice thank you from Pete on social media plus a logo/image on the website just like us.
When motivation is low, the weather is grim, or muscle ache you never know - your message of support might make all the difference.