The 630 Mile Long Run Home

The Long Run Home

Martin Yelling is taking on the superhuman challenge of running the entire South West Coast Path to raise money for us this summer.

Martin will be running 630 miles around the south-west coastline from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset.   He’s aiming to complete it in just 21 days – that means running 30 miles a day every day for 3 weeks.

 “The path offers the ultimate endurance challenge,” explains Martin. “I’ll be running up or down the equivalent of over 30,000 stairs, and I’ll climb 115,000 feet.  That’s similar to scaling Mount Everest four times!”

Martin is calling the challenge the ‘Long Run Home’ as he lives in Poole, the end of the course. He starts his run on 11 July and finishes on 31 July with a beach party.

The reasons for putting himself through such a gruelling challenge are very personal to Martin: “My mum suffered a life threatening brain haemorrhage a few years ago and was treated at Southmead Hospital. They saved her life and I want to thank them. Running the coast path is the least I could do.  I’m also raising money for Julia’s House Hospice and for Macmillan.”

Martin is an experienced runner with a background in sport. ’I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled with my sporting career and have run in some awesome and inspiring places all over the world. Yet never have I felt more at home than when running along the South West Coast Path. It feels like my spiritual running home.

“The question is not why do it, rather it’s why not!”

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