On Saturday July 29th 2017 I will be attempting my most physical challenge to date in aid of the fantastic Air Ambulance Service who save thousands of lives every year.
I have completed half marathons, marathons, and even a 10,000 foot skydive but what I am going to do next I have been assured will trump them all.
I will be completing the Salomon 27k in Sweden. The course covers 27 km (16.7 miles) with an altitude gain of 1 150 metres. I will start in Ottsjö and will traverse over three mountains; Hållfjället, Grofjället and Välliste to the finish line in Trillevallen. I have been informed that inclines and declines will be extremely steep and, that although no climbing is involved, rope will be needed to get up and down the mountains.
There won’t be too many people attempting the race (I wonder why!) so there will be many instances where I will be running alone with my backpack hoping that I am following the right trail. I have also been told that despite it being summer that I could very well be running in snow if the weather gods decide to be cruel.
I will be providing you with two subsequent updates; one before the race to inform anyone interested of the type of training I have completed so you may try to attempt it in the future and one after to moan about how painful it was and gain sympathy.
Wilson Browne has been extremely supportive donating £170 towards the entry fee and sponsorship. If you would like to make a donation to this worthwhile cause visit my fundraising page
I’ll finish with an individual story of the unbelievable work that the air ambulance crew provide and why they remain an important part of our lives.
Jess and her family had been on their way home from a christening when the unthinkable happened. Unexpectedly, Jess ran out into the road – straight into oncoming traffic. When we were called to Jess’s side by East Midlands Ambulance Service, our crew sprang into action. It was immediately clear that, alongside other injuries, Jess was suffering from a major trauma to her head. Our crew stabilized her, giving pain relief and swiftly and safely transferring her to our helicopter and taking flight to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Jess spent several days in an induced coma. When she was woken, she had to learn to swallow, talk, sit up, stand and walk. But remarkably, just 18 days later, she was discharged. Less than a month after her accident, she had made a full recovery. For Jess there was no time to spare. The speed of the helicopter and the expertise of our crew at the roadside was key to her recovery.