The title says it all. I have been wiped out by a bout of Gout… I am predisposed to this condition, a consequence of other Trenthamfolk complications. It hurts like a bas**rd, and as a result, I am sadly unable to run. Janathon FAIL. In light of this let down, let me talk to you about an inspirational chap I am fortunate enough to know.
As I was motoring home, I saw ‘Six Towns Runner’ Phil, warming up down the lane from club. About two years ago, Phil got wind of some research that suggested Stoke-on-Trent (our home town) was the sickest city in Europe. Phil, being the fine upstanding bloke he is, thought “This will never do!” and set about making a difference. He decided to run SIX half marathons in six days. One for each of the six towns of Stoke-on-Trent. There were two reasons for this brilliantly crazy idea. Firstly, to inspire local people to get out and get fit. Secondly, to raise money for the ‘Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust‘. What a guy.
Phil raised thousands of earth pounds for this amazing charity, and is a hero in the eyes of many. However… Phil has once again decided to sacrifice his joints (and sanity) in the name of local children, and do it all again. TWICE! Introducing, ‘SIX TOWNS RUN TIMES TWO‘.
You heard it right. TWELVE half marathons in TWELVE days, all in aid of kids less fortunate than ourselves. All of these runs will be conducted in Phil’s spare time, many after work. There’s just no stopping the guy. If I manage to complete one of these halves with him, I’ll be pleased, but twelve? Phil is one of the reasons I keep on running. It’s difficult to slow down when he’s snapping at your heels. Bob on over to his website HERE and give him a follow on twitter (@6townsrunner). Of course, if you can spare a few words of support, or a few quid (£, $, Euro, all welcome) chuck them over to him. Every penny will go to the kids.
So, for now, I’m on the Gin… it seems to work, provided I don’t walk, or run. Gout is a strange thing, it comes on quickly, kills you for 48 hours, then goes away. No doubt I’ll be back on the road soon. Watch this space!