Martin Yelling, 44, is not your average parkrunner and the next three weeks will not be typical training for the sub-17-minute 5k athlete. Martin has just started on an epic journey from Minehead in Somerset to Haven Point in Dorset to raise funds for three charities by completing the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path back home to Poole in 21 days, averaging more than 30 miles a day.
Appropriately named The Long Run Home, this epic adventure is the ultimate endurance challenge that will include over 30,000 steps and 115,000 feet of ascent – the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest four times. Martin will be raising much-needed funds for Julia’s House, Macmillan and Southmead (whose Frenchay Hospital saved his mum from life-threatening brain injury).
In the run-up to the launch, The Long Run Home has enjoyed an active Facebook following with the public signing up to run alongside Martin on specific days and providing encouragement whilst discussing the important issues of the day, such as whether the jam or cream goes on first on a scone!
Watching closely will be Martin’s family, namely his wife – two-time Olympian, Commonwealth Games medallist and marathon runner Liz Yelling – three small children and his father, who will be helping en-route from a motorhome.
Martin will be pushing himself to the limit of his sporting ability in a bid to raise as many funds as possible for charity and to showcase the magnificent coastline of the South West. It is an exceptional challenge that combines sport with giving something back, whilst promoting one of our country’s environmental treasures.
For full information on The Long Run Home, including how to sign up to run a stage or join the beach party at the end, please visit the website.