On 21st July Menna started running at John O’Groats … and she’s still running.
Last year Menna approached The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales with the idea of running the full length of Britain in memory of her Dad, while also raising funds for the Trust’s vital conservation work.
Menna started her journey in John O’Groats and will complete her Ultra run at Lands End. In total Menna will be running 1,010 miles and climbing 75,500 feet (that’s two and a half times up Everest!). That’s a marathon a day, 6 days a week!
“7 years ago, I sat with my Dad at his retirement party. He was 65 years old and looking forward to new adventures at the start of what should have been a well deserved break from work. He turned to me and asked "how would you like to walk John O'Groats to Lands End with me?" It didn't take me a second to reply, I jumped at the chance! You see, he had already walked around Wales several times with a group of youths as part of his role as Chief Executive of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wales. I had always felt slightly envious of all the other kids but now was my chance to fulfil my Dad's mission, by his side, his proud daughter.”
Unfortunately, his health deteriorated and he spent his whole retirement, in and out of hospital having had issues with several hip operations, and a stroke, all of which contributed to a decline in his general health. He was never going to get better and he then sadly passed away in March 2017.
Menna then made it her mission to run JOGLE in her Dad’s memory! She says:
“He'll be with me every step of the way as he always is since I started training. I wear his chain on my wrist and a pendant around my neck with the words "follow in my footsteps". Both which will guide me during this mission.”
Rebecca Vincent, Marketing Officer for The Wildlife Trust said:
“Menna is doing tremendously well and is an inspiration to others. Her dad would be very proud. We’re so grateful for all her hard work to raise funds for our vital conservation work and we’re enjoying following her journey as she tackled JOGLE. Well done Menna!”
Menna has already raised over a whopping £1,000 and is still going strong!