Only 6 days to go now until I set off with my friend Alex Flynn to run 1836 miles from Marble Arch, in London, to Rome!
What has possessed us, you may ask, to contemplate such an incredibly outrageous challenge?
Our target is to average 60 miles a day. Such a daily distance would represent a formidable challenge to the planet’s most experienced, elite ultra distance runners. I remind you that Alex is engaged in a daily battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Lewis is a renowned environmentalist who, in 2010, published a book entitled ‘Achieving the Impossible‘. In order to achieve awareness and exposure for the global warming issue, Lewis knew that he would have to do something extraordinary.
He took a film crew with him to the North Pole and swam 1km in water temperatures measured at minus 1.7degrees!! He was in the water for 18 minutes and it was 4 months before he regained all the feeling in his hands! By undertaking such an unimaginable feat, Lewis achieved his goal — millions have viewed his film or read his book.
Joanna very kindly compares Lewis to Alex Flynn and Dave Clamp. By completing the seemingly impossible task of running to Rome, we can raise awareness of the Parkinson’s condition and help raise funds to find a cure.
Publicity is increasing daily as our departure approaches. There have been numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Tomorrow, Alex is being filmed by a Brazilian TV crew for a broadcast that will be available in 145 countries. We are both doing radio interviews this week.
We share an unshakeable belief that we can get to Rome and are both experiencing a curious mixture of fear and excited anticipation as June 10th looms. We are aware that the potential exposure for the Parkinson’s message is huge. Together with our support crew of John Saunders, Paul Grindrod and my son Sam Clamp, we know that we can achieve something very special.
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