Back in July 2018 Menna left her home in Wales to run the full length of Britain to raise funds for The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales in memory of her dad.
Well she’s only gone and done it! From John O’Groats to Lands End, after over 1,000 miles she’s shared the experience with us, here’s what she had to say…
As I sit down to write my thoughts on JOGLE.. I still can’t quite believe that my little legs carried me the full length of Britain. 1,070 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End. Who’d have thought that 18mths ago, a dog groomer from Llansadwrn who didn’t even own a pair of running shoes, that it was even possible.
I pushed my body to the limits, running between 26-34 miles a day, faced terrifying traffic on the B roads, got chased by 50 bulls in a field, got drowned by torrential rain, got lost in a quarry and opted to run the scenic route incorporating The West Highland Way, Offa’s Dyke and the Cornish Coastal Paths which certainly added plenty of mileage to my route from top to bottom of Britain… but I wouldn’t have changed a thing! Every day was different and I never quite knew what was ahead of me until I got there.
I have experienced kindness from strangers and met some amazing people along the way. I’m so pleased that I was able to share my journey through Facebook too and I’ve been so surprised at the wonderful response and support that I’ve had which often kept me going on the tougher days. I would like to thank everyone who showed their support, particularly those who dug deep and helped raise £2,120 for the Wildlife Trust. That money will help the charity continue the fantastic work that they do by looking after wildlife and conservation in South and West Wales.
It’s been an immense 6 weeks and crazy as it sounds, I really miss it! The simplicity of life, the freedom I had, the love and support from family friends and strangers. Running has given me so much, JOGLE has given me even more and I have grown in confidence and learnt so much! I did this in Dad’s memory and felt he was with me every step of the way. It was his dream to walk it and then I made it my dream to run it. I know he would have been proud of his little girl as I crossed over the Lands End ‘finish line’.
So now that I have accomplished JOGLE, I’m on to the next challenge… New Zealand 2019 – from top to bottom of both Islands!! Watch this space..
Menna has raised over £2,000 for The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and there’s still time to donate before her campaign closes! If you can, please get involved here.
Thank you Menna for your support and being the inspiration that you are! Good luck with your next challenge!