Hopefully you will find the answer to your questions on this page. If not send me a message and i’ll answer it on this list!
Why run across America?
I remember seeing this guy on Tv when I was around 13 years old, and he had just finished his run across the States. I always remember thinking to myself that that would be such an amazing adventure and achievement to make, but something so crazy that I never would have actually thought about doing. At the time I don’t think I had ever run further that to the local shop and back! After I did my first Marathon back in 2013, something made me think back to that man I saw on the TV, and that just started the cogs whirring in my head. Ever since then I havn’t been able to get the idea out of my head!.
Are you running for charity or some cause?
As you might have seen on the website, I will be trying to raise awareness and much needed funds for Spinal Research, who I have been fundraising for since 2013. Spinal Research is the UK’s leading charity funding medical research around the world to develop reliable treatments for paralysis caused by a broken back or neck. To find out more about this amzing charity then please check out their website.
Are you taking donations?
I am taking donation. If you would like to donate then please head over to my sponsorship page here. The sponsor site is 100% safe and secure, and is also the only site which I know of that does not charge the charity for its use or a commision on your donation! You donate $20 the charity will get the full $20!
So there are no fees when I donate?
The only fees that you will have to pay when making your donation are those that you would normally get when using you card online and a foreign currency exchange rate fee (If your bank account is not in pounds sterling £). All charges will be you normal banks charges for the transaction. The charity will still receive all of your donated money!
Can I donate to help you along on your run?
I would prefer all donations to head straight to the charity as I would like to raise as much as humanly possible for Spinal Research. Although if you would still like to make a donation to help with the trip, I would NEVER say no. Just send me a message through the contact form and I will give you the details to make this possible. THANK YOU!
Are you insane?!
I have been called a lot worse!
How many miles you run every day?
Right now at the beginning of my training I am only doing 2 runs a week of around 5-10km. From here I can build up my physical strength and stamina, and over the next 18 months increase the length of my runs to what is needed. As for during the run, I hope to cover roughly a marathon distance every day. Obviously this will not be exact for every day, it will depend on everything from the weather, terrain and where abouts I will be running, but if I can average this distance then it will allow me to have days off when I need them and also a few days to explore every city that I pass through
How many hours a day do you run?
Again this will depend on weather, terrain and where I am, But ideally I would like to cover that day’s distance in no more than 8 hours.
Where do you sleep?
I will be taking camping equipment with me and will camp for the majority of the way. I also have friends along the way who I will be staying with. If you live along the route and would like to offer a garden, floor, sofa or spare bed then you would be an amazing person. I can picture that camping for 7 months will get tiring very quickly!
How do you bring your camping gear?
I will be running with a modified baby’s push chair, this will carry all of my clothes, running equipment, food water and camping gear. I will be writing a blog post nearer the time talking about the stroller, when it is written I will link from here.
How will you charge your electronics during the run?
I will be equipping my stroller with a solar panel along with some cycling gyros to help keep some external batteries charged. This will hopefully give me enough juice to keep everything I need charged up!
How many shoes will you need for the run?
I am still trying to find the perfect shoes for my run, but I am closing in on a brand called HOKA ONE ONE. So far I am approximately 200km into my first pair and they are still holding up as well as on day one. I am hoping to not need anymore than 10 pairs of shoes along the way and will take 2 or 3 pairs in the stroller with me and replacing them along the way. The shoes are an expensive part of this journey, so I will be looking for corporate sponsorship to help cover the cost of them.
Can we track you during the run?
I will be using a tracking device throughout my run, this will become available in the days up to the start of my run.
What will you do in case of an emergency?
The tracking device that I will be using has a built in SOS feature. In case of an emergency, all I need to do is press the button and the nearest emergency services will be alerted with my GPS coordinates.
Are you crazy?
How can we help?
There are so many thing that you can do to help. Some of the simplest ways is by liking and following all of my social media pages and sharing them with all of your friends and family. I want to connect with as many people over the next 2-3 years and tell the story of what I am doing.
You can also donate towards Spinal Research on my donations page. As I said before, there are no fees for donating (Outside of your normal bank fees), so the charity will receive 100% of your donation!
If you live along the route or have any family or friends who do, the please let the know I will be passing through. If you or they can offer any support, whether it would be some food and water along the route, somewhere warm to recover or sleep, or even if they you would like to come and run with me for a day. Everything no matter how small will help me out over the 7 month mission.
How can you have time for that? Don’t you have a job?
Fortunately I do not have a very important job. As I work in a mountain resort my contracts are seasonal, this means that If I want to take a season free then it is possible to do so. On the downside it does mean it is taking me a long time to save for this adventure!