Hello! I’m Ben!
I have an idea, it’s pretty simple. I want to run a lap of Yorkshire. I’ve mapped a route, it’s roughly 470 miles and incorporates over 41,000 ft of elevation, which is more that Mount Everest! (that bit scares me quite a bit) I am going to set off on the 1st August which just so happens to be Yorkshire Day, this is really happening!
Why? I presume you are asking yourself? Good question, I need a big challenge, I started running a couple of years ago. Running has changed my life, and me! I started out about 5 stone heavier than I am now and smoking a couple of packets a day, last year I ran 6 marathons and now it’s time to up the stakes. I am raising funds for CALM. I’ve had my own battles with shitty mental health and it’s something I feel very passionate about, more on that later…
I’m starting off in Scarborough, (ont’ 1st August 2018 – Yorkshire Day) taking the Cleveland Way all the way up to Redcar, then I turn left through Middlesborough following the River Tees to Barnard Castle, bearing left slightly, shortly after I’ll enter the Yorkshire Dales. This is the hilly bit.
There are lots of ups and downs here, the Yorkshire border actually crosses the peak of Whernside (Yorkshires Highest mountain) Great! I’ll drop out of the Dales not too far from Kirby Lonsdale, then its south-east from here over the Pennines (more hills!) all the way down to just south of Sheffield.
From here, its northeasterly past Doncaster heading for the River Humber, over the Humber Bridge (looking forward to this bit) along the river to Grimsby, right to the tip of Spurn Head, then Ill turn back on myself running back up the coast through Hornsea, Bridlington, arriving back in Scarborough, where hopefully there will be a pint waiting for me.
450 miles travelled
XXXX total steps
XXXX calories burnt
Why not join me on my epic run? You can see exactly where I am on my journey by visiting my live tracking page.
Read all about Ben’s journey and the reason he’s doing what he’s doing in Ben’s Blog.
Raised so far
All money raised is going to the CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). A great charity who provide a helpline, an campaign to help prevent male suicide in the UK.