Why did you sign up to the G2G?
I didn’t have much choice ! I am the Special Projects Manager for WWTW, and am honoured to have worked for them for nearly 5 years. I manage the Marathon des Sables and Grand to Grand teams as part of my job. It was only a matter of time before I was roped into the MDS ( I ran it in 2015, and loved it) and it was the same for the G2G. I hope that having done these things really helps our other wonderful fundraisers who sign up to these events to raise money for us.
Every day I see, first hand, the wonderful work which the charity does to support our wounded back towards a more stable future, having served us and our country. There is no greater motivation for me, to know that I can directly support the work which the charity does. I manage the expeditions for WWTW which is hugely challenging and rewarding, but am not usually on the ‘coal face’ of the charitable / fundraising side of things, so I really enjoy being able to play my part.
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?
I am massively behind, but there is no point worrying! I am by no means complacent, but I do know that I will do what I can and things are picking up over the next few months. At this stage of my MDS training (ie 3 months before departure) I had already done multiple multi day ultras and had done a 40 mile run on my own. I am not even up to half of that distance – sometimes life just gets in the way!
What do you see as the biggest challenge?
This time, it is the fundraising. For the MDS I raised over £30,000 and I am now only 18 months down the line, having promised my friends and family that I would hang up my running shoes and take some time off more fundraising !
My friends and family were incredibly supportive – for the MDS I knew that I had to lead our team of runners by example given that I was also part of the team, and that I also worked for the charity. I don’t expect special treatment or to raise any less, and in fact my competitive nature kicks in and I worry more about this than the training.
As long as I can throw a good fundraising party, I hope to raise another £10,000 minimum. This really helps when the going gets tough and will hopefully get me through the trickier patches having not trained as much as I would have liked.
What luxuries will you treat yourself to during the G2G?
Baby wipes and coffee ! I always treat myself to feeling as clean as possible on trips like this – it is great for morale and mocha sachets on the rest day after the killer long stage will be a great start to the day.
What 1 item of food are you taking which is your treat?
A packet of Hoola Hoops for each day – a good friend Rose Kingscote who ran the MDS for WWTW the year before me made me promise that I would take them when I did the MDS in 2015. I SO nearly left them out, but she was right ! So good to have something salty, crunchy and different to warm sweet stuff which high energy snacks tend to be.
What will you be listening to on your iPod?
I don’t train or run with music. I used to, but surprised myself on the MDS when I had trained for 8 months and didn’t use music once – only when training in the gym. Events like this are the only time I have away from the endless pinging of phones and emails, so I relish the peace and quiet and lack of complication. People tend to get hung up on technology, kit, chargers etc – and it is all more clobber to carry. I also enjoy (when able!!) being able to chat to people on the way around, if energy permits, rather than having cables around my face and in my ears all of the time. I never once wished I had had music with me on the MDS, so hope that I will survive!
Is there anything which you know you will be looking forward to at the end, before even beginning?!
That first shower and a clean set of clothes is always lovely, and I am sure that the beach side restaurant / cocktail bar in our Hotel in Las Vegas wont seem too shabby either !