Gareth Hughes

Gareth Hughes

Challenge 31


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][span=font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;]Hi, thanks for visiting my page.[/span][/p][p][span=font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;]Both my sons James and William are on the Autistic spectrum. So I am running 31 marathons on 31 consecutive days (Challenge 31) starting on the 27th September and finishing in Chester on the 27th October, totalling 812 miles for charity.  I’m raising money for services that support children with special needs across Gwent (Aneurin Bevan University Health Board - Sparkle Appeal and Nevill Hall Children’s Centre Trust) and Cheshire (Cheshire Autism Practical Support). [/span][/p][p][span=font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;]The plan is I will run from 03.00 in the morning and finish the 26.2 Miles round 08.00 and then be in work for 09.00 during the week. I will be running Monday to Thursday in Newport and Friday to Sunday in Chester but I will also be taking part in the Chester Marathon on the 8th October.[/span][/p][p][span=font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;]This challenge is all about raising awareness of autism and generating funds for children who will really benefit by it![/span][/p][p][span=font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;]I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/span][/p][p][span=font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;]Gareth[/span][/p][p][span=font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;][b]Challenge completed![/b][/span][/p][p][span=font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;][b]Please read Gareth's progress on a daily basis below:[lt]br /[gt][/b][/span][/p][ul][li]Marathon 1- completed![/li][li][b]2 down 29 to go!! [/b]Felt good this morning but pace too slow so will run to music tomorrow.....still smiling![/li][li][b]3 marathons down [/b]78.6 miles completed.  [/li][li][b]4/31 marathons [/b]104.8 miles completed. Energy levels crashed at mile 7, it was a long 19 miles to the finish [/li][li][b]5/31, 131 miles completed [/b]energy levels great but serve pain in right hip and upper thigh so took it easy running and walking.  [/li][li][b]6/31 marathons [/b]157.2 miles completed. Feel fantastic except for the severe pain in my hip and thigh but hey it only came back at 14 miles so better than yesterday ! Now having Physio daily but still smiling![/li][li][b]7/31 marathons [/b]183.4 miles completed. Feel fantastic due to the Physio, ice and ibuprofen! I can run again![/li][li][b]8/31 marathons [/b]209.6 miles completed. Hip and feet sore today (I've got a blister under my nail on my little toe, so I guess I'm going to loose my first nail!) But ran a PB for the last 3 miles, what a great way to finish a marathon![/li][li][b]9/31 marathons [/b]235.8 miles completed. The wind and the rain arrived today with force (but the rain in the head touch beam makes very cool shapes!) Physically my legs feel strong, still have a problem with my hip and feel very fatigued but mental in a great place focussed and having fun![/li][li][b]10/31 [/b]marathons 262 miles completed and doubled my previous 2 isle marathon challenge! The rain arrived again but ran well![/li][li][b]11/31 [/b]marathons, 288.2 miles completed. A relaxed fun run this morning![/li][li][b]12/31 [/b]marathons 314.4 miles completed.  Chester marathon today, big contrast from yesterday right calf and ankle were really painful after a couple of miles. A long marathon, but atmosphere was great![/li][li][b]13/31 [/b]marathons 340.6 miles completed.  Long and tough I finished the Chester marathon yesterday at 14.30 and started today's marathon at 03.00 so only 12.5 hrs rest in between. So two marathons in a 24 hr period..... that cool ....but I'm totally wiped out!!![/li][li][b]14/31[/b] marathons 366.8 miles completed.  Relaxed run, feel great mentally and physically but my right ankle is badly swollen so the pain is slowing medhtj down a little!!! [/li][li][b]15/31 [/b]marathons 393 miles completed. Had my ankle taped last night and the swelling has gone down, which is great so had a pain free run today!!! Thank you to all who have supported Challenge 31 during my first 393 miles - only 416 miles to go![/li][li][b]16/31 [/b]marathons 419.2 miles completed. Missed out on my ice bath yesterday and paid for it today! Everything hurts and ankle is badly swollen and bruised. However, Judith Paget the CEO of the Heath Board came running with me and helped me around the last couple of miles, which was fantastic !!![/li][li][b]17/31 [/b]marathons 445.4 miles completed. No pain today so a relaxed run!  Also thanks to Andy and Mark from Works and Estates who joined me during the week for some running laps, which really encouraged me around at a higher pace!!![/li][li][b]18/31[/b] marathons 471.6 miles completed. A solid run today, felt great and held the pace!![/li][li][b]19/31[/b] marathons 497.8 miles completed. A initially good run today, but got severe pain in left knee during the last 9 miles which slowed me down but on the positive only got one blister and lost one toe nail..... not bad for 19 marathons!![/li][li][b]20/31[/b] marathons 524 miles completed. My knee was swollen and painful from the start today, a very tough 26.2 miles so off to see the physio today for a massage, ice, taping and ibuprofen !![/li][li][span=margin: 0px;][b]21/31[/b] marathons 550.2 miles completed. My knee is still very swollen and painful but it was fun running in the stormy weather conditions this morning! I'm still very fatigued as I'm only getting around 5-6 hours sleep per night which I am finding is not enough for muscle recovery, so taking a couple of days leave heading back to Chester so I will be running around 06:00 in the morning rather than 02:00....sleep!!!![/span][/li][li][span=margin: 0px;][b]22/31[/b] marathons 576.4 miles completed. Traveled back home last night (with a rotation of frozen bags of peas on my knee!). Slept for 9 hours total bliss! Ran today again with pain in my left knee still very swollen but fun to be running in daylight![/span][/li][li][span=margin: 0px;][b]23/31[/b] marathons 602.6 miles completed. Still have pain in my knee and energy levels crashed at 18 miles (need to take on more calories) on the positive had another fantastic sleep... 9 hours![/span] [/li][li][b]24/31[/b] marathons 628.8 miles completed. Felt great today, very focused and had a great run. Still have pain in my knee but worked out a pain management technique... I mentally visualise the pain rolling into a ball...... then I throw it behind me!..... pain goes and I can run pain free and increase my pace for 5-10 minutes (then repeat) ....sounds crazy but it works!![/li][li]25/31 marathons 655 miles completed. Cold, wet and very windy today but enjoyed the run and managed the pain well!![/li][li]26/31 marathons 681.2 miles completed. Another cold, wet and very windy day! A smooth run and pushed the pace in the last couple of miles and felt great!  I now need tape on both knees, calf’s and ankles (it supports the muscles during activity as well as aiding recovery), so I had the interesting experience of shaving my legs today..... apparently tape then sticks better (honestly that’s my excuse!)[/li][li]27/31 marathons 707.4 miles completed. This challenge is everything I hoped it would be ....testing me mentally and physically .... wow it is ridiculously tough on so many levels..... but I’m still running and smiling! [lt]br /[gt]On Friday I finish the challenge with the 31st marathon in Chester and then Saturday I run the bonus marathon, the Snowdonia marathon -  ‘going the extra mile in support of autism’. [/li][li]28/31 marathons 733.6 miles completed. Ran in a gym on a treadmill in Gloucester due to a family funeral (love to Jen, Roy and Austen for the loss of Sue). My watch would not track the run so took 5 photos demonstrating time and distance completed. 4:55:34 of total boredom!!!!![/li][li]29/31 marathons 759.8miles completed. Toughest run ever today, incredible pain from the start in my left ankle and inside my calf....... half way through the pain so bad I felt faint for a couple of miles then was sick! (another new experience for me!).  Bring on the physio ...... and tomorrow’s run[lt]br /[gt][lt]br /[gt][/li][li]30/31 marathons 786 miles completed. Another tough day as the pain remained the same, although my rattley chest has turned in to a raging chest infection and I’ve also picked up a couple of blisters!  So I spent the whole run in a haze of sweat and lite headedness (not good ....I think!) but it does demonstrate that anything is possible![/li][li][lt]div[gt] [lt]div[gt][b]31/31 - Challenge 31 - achieved![/b] 31 marathons in 31 consecutive days, unsupported and whilst working (3/4 of the period) it just shows that ‘anything is possible’!  [lt]div[gt]Thank you all for your support, encouragement and donations.  Special thanks to the staff and children at Nevill Hall Children’s Centre and  Serennu Children's Centre for the YouTube videos, all the staff at Pro-Physio for fixing me after each run and Helen and my boys James and William for looking after me![lt]/div[gt] [lt]/div[gt] [lt]/div[gt][/li][/ul][p][span=font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;]Supported by: [/span][span=font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 7.5pt;]The Printing House, ProPhysio and Bannatyne Health Club and Spa.[/span][/p][p][/p]


Dec 28, 2017

Janisson Fernandes

Congratulations for your dedication. This donation is from Brazil!


Nov 28, 2017


be amazing


Nov 27, 2017

ABUHB services and colleagues

Great run! ABUHB catering sites, Chris and Huw (CI Team)


Nov 24, 2017


Well done Gareth a great cause from all at Cerberus


Nov 8, 2017

ABUHB and Gleeds colleagues

Fanatastic run for a great cause, raising money for deserving charities! ABUHB (Bob P, Martin L, Julie C, Chris O, YYF Catering team, DBU and St Cadocs Facilities and Estates Team) and Gleeds (Roger P)


Nov 8, 2017

Mark Greep-Lewis

Hell of an achievement, well done


plus £7.75 Gift Aid

Nov 8, 2017

Hannah Capel

Well done on your amazing achievement


plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Nov 6, 2017


Well done! Amazing


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 6, 2017

Dave and Jeanette

Well done Gareth. Amazing achievement for a fantastic cause. Dave and Jeanette x


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Nov 4, 2017

Sylvia and Adrian Percy

Well done


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