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Grand to Grand 2016 Team Member: David Elliott

Why did you sign up to the G2G? 
What else would you do when you reach 50? Seriously, I want a real challenge. I saw this race advertised a couple of years ago and have had it on my “To Do” list ever since. Also, because the race has only been going a few years, it will be special to be able to say I was one of the first few hundred to run the G2G.

Why WWTW? 
Because of the work it does with those who are in need of support as they are leaving the military. The people it helps have served OUR country, have been there for us and this is a way of me giving something back to them. Also, because I live in Farnborough, I have met a few serving and ex-service personnel and they are really supportive of WWTW, so I know it is a charity that is appreciated by those it helps.

How’s your training going?
What have you done so far, which milestones have you hit and are you happy with  where you are so far? The training is going okay. I have completed a couple of Ultras already of 45 and 50 miles plus a really challenging trail marathon. In June I will be running two more Ultras, the second of which is 60 miles and over-night. I am reasonably happy with where I am at the moment, I have started to run with the backpack a couple of times and that is adding a new dynamic.

What do you see as the biggest challenge?
Ironically, the actual number of miles is not what I am concerned about, I see the biggest challenge as the first stage. Running the 30 miles with the pack at its heaviest, in conditions that I am not yet used to will likely be a real struggle. After that, I am sure it will be breeze!

What luxuries will you treat yourself to during the G2G?
I have no idea to be honest, I will have to get some hints and tips from some of the other runners.

What 1 item of food are you taking which is your treat?
I have heard people suggest beef jerky or peanut M&Ms and currently I am thinking the peanut M&Ms are a very good idea.

What will you be listening to on your iPod?
I am not sure that I am going to take it to be honest, however if I do, then most likely some Electronic Dance Music and some punk music. Basically anything loud and fast.

Is there anything which you know you will be looking forward to at the end, before even beginning? At the end of any Ultra runs, I treat myself to a pint of Guinness :). Also, I am going to be spending a week in Austin, Texas with some of my family and friends and I am really looking forward to that.

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