On paper, running 24 miles in 24 hours doesn’t sound that difficult and is easily achievable but breaking down that distance over 24 hours may be a different thing altogether.

Organised by Phoenix Running, the event involves running a mile at 8am on December 19th then repeating on the hour, every hour until you have run 24 miles in 24 hours. Sounds easy, right?

Since having a colostomy I’ve been keen to get back into tackling the ultramarathon races and the mental and physical endurance required for this challenge will help in getting back into the longer races.

What’s the Plan?

The simplest thing to do would be to head out of the door, run half a mile, turn around and head back, but where’s the fun in that? Instead I want to make it more interesting so as there are 20 wards in Newport why not run a mile in each, plus an extra mile in 4 of them? This would involve travelling to each one in order to complete the mile but would make it more interesting by running in different parts of the county and hopefully ticking off some streets on CityStrides.

Similar to what I did for my recent marathon (read about it on Beer Runner) I’m going to be looking out for interesting historical features in each of the wards.

What Else Can I Do?

In addition to finding something historical in each ward, I’m going to try and fit in some other challenges perhaps something such as 24 parks, 24 hills, 24 pieces of graffiti, etc. Let me know if you have any ideas.

Raising for Colostomy UK

Colostomy UK is a national charity that offers support and advice to people with stomas and to their families, carers and friends. Colostomy UK also campaigns and acts as advocates for ostomates on the many issues they face going about their daily lives.

As a fellow ostomate I want to support the charity to help them offer support and advice, particularly to those in the early stages of having a colostomy and to do that they require much needed funds so whenever I set myself a challenge I like to select them as my charity of choice.

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Diagnosed with IBD in 2002, I have experienced the usual ups and downs of having a chronic disease and tried numerous medications but the time finally came in 2018 to elect to have surgery to improve my life. I had the surgery in 2019 and this is my journey having a 'New Bum'.

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