Excited to start RunMalawi 

My last 9 mile run in Somerset before I head off to Malawi to run 650miles the full length of Malawi.

So, what an incredible few months, this is my 1st post and I wonder how I get on. I’m not a very good writer but I hope people can follow, enjoy and maybe get inspired.

The last few months have not quite gone to plan… but I have adapted my training and feel ready to run the full length of Malawi.

Quick recap… just as I won the Discovery Channel UK ‘Make Your World Bigger’ competition disaster struck – I became injured and had a problem with my calf muscle.  It was so frustrating I was on such a high in one way having just won the competition but really annoyed in another.  My training plan had to change, I could not run more than a mile before my leg would spasm and go very tight, painful and I would have to stop.

So I decided to cover long periods on the bike and walk between 10-15 miles a day to keep my endurance up as much as I could.

Cycling certainly introduced me to the incredible north west canal paths. Daily cycles would take me out to Runcorn, Lymm, Pennington Flash and areas across the North West.  Such a fantastic place to explore – #getoutside

Pulling out of the Manchester Marathon in April was a tough decision but it was certainly the right one.  Due to the frustration of not being able to run I returned to eating as a form of comfort, frustratingly I gained a lot of weight and reached nearly 17st(start of April)

Anyone that battles with weight knows it’s a daily struggle.  I’m often know as ‘The dustbin.’  My weight has always gone up and down between 13st and 15st but approaching 17st was a realisation that I was hurtling towards the weight I was in my early 20s  – when I had a 42″ waist.

So I joined slimming world in April. The weekly weigh-in helped me keep focused and the constant eating stopped. I have now got my weight back down to 14st – (this will give me a stone of storage for the run haha)

I’ve added this because I want people to realise I have the same battles as so many people and that I am not an athlete or person that lives in the gym, I dont have a strict healthy diet – I am just an average person determined to achieve great things.

‘Cheese, sweets, Greggs Sausage and Bean pasties’….. The list goes on… welcome to the loop that often plays in my head

Back to the interesting stuff 😎

Pennigton Flash – Beautiful Country park near Leigh.

The leg finally improved throughout May and I would cover 15 miles with a walk/run approach – this allowed my body to get used to long periods on my feet.

I gradually managed to reduce the walking and increase the running and the last 4 weeks I’ve been covering between 60 – 100 miles. I have built up quite an endurance base over the years so I know once the training starts my body gets back into the groove!

Horsington Village Fete 2016

On Saturday 11th I opened the  Horsington Village Fete – what a fantastic day! Thanks for inviting me!

After ups and downs of my calf problem I completed the Yeovil Marathon on Sunday 12th June in fancy dress – I had so much fun being a half dressed clown, running around the country lanes of Somerset.

So here I am sat a few hours away from leaving the UK and traveling to Malawi for a 2 month adventure – one thing for sure I feel ready both mentally and physically.

Thank you for everyone that has donated so far – my ‘just-giving’ page will be updated soon – and the total will be 15K the next goal to reach the 20K mark so that the building of the science block can start – it is fast becoming an incredible reality!

Together we are making a difference!

I hope you enjoy following my adventure but also become inspired.

Thanks Everyone


3 thoughts on “Excited to start RunMalawi 

  • June 14, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Brendan, you are an absolute hero and you inspire people from all walks of life. Keep up the good work. And great first blog! X

  • June 14, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Good luck and every blessing, Brendan….take good care, do it and come back safe!!!!x

  • June 14, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Loved reading your first blog,was great! Good luck Brendan, God speed and stay safe xxx


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