From John O’Groats to Land’s End for the NSPCC
A 24-YEAR-OLD is inviting Caithness runners to participate in the first few legs of his planned 950-mile journey to raise money for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) .
To complete the task, Jack Edward Lancefield will run almost one-and-a-half marathons in 27 days (35.5 miles).
He begins the mammoth challenge at John O’Groats around 8am on Monday, April 15, and aims to finish in Land’s End on Saturday, May 1.
The initial leg will take him 36.7 miles from John O’Groats to Melvich, running through Castletown, Thurso, Reay, and Halladale on the way.
On the Tuesday, he will run 42 miles from Melvich to Altahara, with stops at Strathy, Bettyhill, and Tongue.
From there, it’s south through Crask, Lairg, Invershin and Bonar Bridge.
Jack, who is based in Epsom, Surrey, took up marathon-running a few years ago, participated in his first ultra-run in 2017, and has completed a number of marathons around Europe in the last two years, two of which were trail runs navigating up and over Greece’s Mount Olympus.
In 2018, he was selected to represent the UK at the Youth World Running Championships in Italy. Jack says that after reading a few books on people running to raise money for charities, this is his attempt to do the same for the NSPCC.
“As a child, I was fortunate enough to be brought up in a safe and loving environment,” he says. “But unfortunately this is not true for many children who are abused, which destroys their childhood and leads to lifelong ill effects.”
Track his progress at https://jacklancefield.wixsite.com/runningbritain or join him en route to run with him or donate.