Here’s everything you need to know about the Running The World 196 Expedition.

FAQ’s from Nick Butter.

# What is running the world 196?

In short, it is an 18-month expedition to set the world record for running a marathon in every country in the world.

It’s never been done. It will involve running through war zones, areas of the extreme political unrest, high altitude, temperatures as low as -50 and as high as +50, 220 flights 45 train journeys and 90 visas.

This journey is to raise £250,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

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 # Do you have a promotional video?

Yep take a look at the official teaser, plus some of my other videos on You Tube and Vimeo

# How long will the trip take?

The trip will take 550 days. Starting January 6th 2018. 18 months later I will return to the UK and complete one final marathon in London.

# Are you really going to every country?

Yes, of course, that’s the whole point. Every single country in the world. Even the wore torn ones and even Antarctica. I start in North America which will take me two months. I then work my way down to complete South America by the end of March. I then spend 4 and a half months completing all 54 countries in Africa. After Africa I travel to my home continent of Europe. For the first time during my expedition utilizing the inter-rail network. This will save me money on flights and also give me some different scenery and more of an opportunity to meet people. Three months later I move to Asia which will take another 3 months. In the last segment of the trip, I go through Oceania, completing countries like Australia and New Zealand. Within this journey somewhere I will fit in Antarctica, depending on funding, safety and climate I will most likely visit Antarctica for just a few weeks, and run a very slow, very cold marathon. My last marathon will be back in London. By this time I will have already run a marathon in every country in the world.

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# What about North Korea or Syria?

Yep, even those two. North Korea isn’t actually that hard to get into. North Korea has an organized marathon so as long as you sign up and pay for the race you’re in. A 5-day trip covers some sightseeing too. Syria, on the other hand, is much harder and far more dangerous. There are plenty of areas in Syria that aren’t war torn but there could be various issues that pop up. The fact is, it’s very difficult to get into. Once I’m there the UK Government won’t come and fetch me if  I get into trouble; so it’s not exactly going to be relaxing.

# What’s the country you’re most looking forward to?

The countries I’m most looking forward to are those that I’ve never heard of, can’t spell, and have no idea where they are. There are 54 countries in Africa and many of them will give me experiences that I currently can’t even imagine. I will visit schools, companies, and stay in peoples homes all over the world. It will be these experiences that will give me my favourite country. So you’ll just have to wait and see.

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# Do you have security in some countries?

Yes I’m fortunate enough to have a company called DS 48 supporting the trip. They will be keeping an eye on me from above and steering me away from danger. If I come into contact with rebels or anyone attempting to kidnap or ambush me; the idea is that they will know about it before it happens. If I get into trouble I’ll have a pager and a crisis protocol to follow. My family and friends and support team will work closely the team at DS 48 to ensure I am a safe as possible. That said I will be visiting some very dangerous countries some of which are war-torn, and will remain war-torn for many years. On top of this there is the security elements around nature. Climate can be a very frustrating thing when running, but I have to make sure I’m running safe and wisely with this trip so I complete it without injury or illness. I will also need to be aware of the other dangerous such as animals, in Ruwanda for example I can’t just go and run 26.2 miles because I will inevitably stumble across gorillas, snakes and wild birds.

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# What is your biggest fear?

There are a number of fears surrounding the trip one of which is getting beheaded or captured or killed. But in all honestly this is at the back of my mind at the moment. I am more worried about getting sick, so much so that I can’t fly and have to catch up. The fear at the top of the list is not reaching my target. The £250,000 for Prostate Cancer UK is the main outcome from this very long, very expensive trip, so by the time I come home i really hope i will have surpassed the £250,000. Other than these fears, I will have to cope with the psychological stresses of being away from home, family and friends. I am very content in my own company usually, but this takes things to a whole new level; hence why I have found a psychologist to have on hand if i need a good cry or chat.

# What if you don’t reach your target of £250,000 for Prostate Cancer UK?

This just isn’t going to happen. Well, it could, but my point being is that no matter what money I raise throughout the trip I’ll reach the target eventually. In an ideal world, I’ll hit the £250,000 and finish the trip having raised over a million. I’m confident but not stupid. Anything could happen. If I return home on the 10th July and haven’t raised enough money then the future trips and expeditions will one day get me there. Supporting Prostate Cancer UK is a long-term thing for me.

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# How much is it all costing?

When I sat down to plan the trip I had all sorts of figures in my mind. I thought it was going to cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. I put that to the back of my mind and went about doing the various research to find out how the much the main expenses would be. I listed Flights, Accommodation, Food, Vaccinations, Visas, Kit, Other Travel and Contingency. I had the main biggies covered, or so I thought. The cost for these categories came in around £95,000 with only £3,000 for contingency. A few months into the planning in more detail, these initial, heavily researched figures were coming up trumps.I was more or less accurate. This is of course when the other costs started to bolt on. I will say now at this point I was still only a few months into getting the detail together. The flight research had paid off. On average each flight would cost around £240, not cheap, but not too horrendous. So I quickly discovered the costs which were in the background; Insurance was first, health, medical, flight cancellation, kidnap, ransom, etc. I also needed security in various places, security that can actually really help. They don’t come cheap. Some companies quote over £50,000 for around the clock service. I also had costs such as sat phones, camera gear, race entry, and the cost to pay a few key people to be apart of the team and officially support the trip. That’s the snapshot of the basic troubles with costing, all this was discovered about a year a go now, and at this point, I haven’t discovered any others. Fingers crossed. So in total as of now, It will likely cost around £150,000 but could stretch to £180,000.

# How are you funding the trip?

The trip is being funded by 3 key areas, Firstly me. I am putting every penny I have into this trip. Selling possessions, bake sales, and wiping out any form of savings. Oh, the joys of starting from scratch. 2, My friends, family and supporters. Over the past few months, various people have contacted me; people that have either seen me on the news or read my story in the papers or magazines. As you know, this trip is all to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, with that in mind I wanted to make it very clear from the start how people can support. Without spending money upfront to make the trip happen, the option of raising substantially more money for the charity from the trip simply wouldn’t be possible. So some very kind individuals have donated to me in order to get me to the start line of this epic adventure. So thank you, everyone. On my website http://www.nickbutter.com/donate you can see how to either donate to me or donate to the charity directly.

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# How many pairs of trainers will you get through?

I’ll be running 196 marathons and on paper the Adidas Ultra Boost which I’ll be wearing usually last around 600 miles. If anyone needs new trainers, look no further. Try these at Pro-Direct.com. So I will probably need no more than 15 pairs. But that’s just the running, I will no doubt need a few more pairs than though. Because I’ll be running all over the world, I couldn’t complete my journey without running all of the world major marathons too, so on top of the 196 marathons in as many countries, I’ll also be running a few more miles in the world majors. These are Boston, Chicago, New York, Tokyo, Berlin and London. When I’m in areas such as Peru, I will also be hiking and or running the Inca trail, it would be rude not to. I can imagine myself running more and more as the trip goes on and I find amazing trails to investigate.

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# How big is the support crew?

It’s just me. I don’t have anyone going with me, but I do have a small and very important team which will act as my crew from the UK. I have 5 key players, 1) my PA Ali, who will more or less be my right-hand women on all matters day to day. Things like finding me accommodation, making sure the flights are on time, booking talks with schools, and liaising with contacts that will help me while I’m out in various countries. 2) Security. A very friendly and supportive security firm called DS-48 will act as my eyes and ears every minute of every day. If there are likely dangers they will let me know, and hopefully, keep me from harm. The team of ex-military know what they’re doing. So hopefully everything will go smoothly. 3) Family and friends will provide kit drops to me in various countries, using various mail carriers to bring me warm clothes in cold countries and visa versa. I will also be mailing hard drives with video and photos home to keep them safe. That’s if they’re not lost in the post. Besides from this, my family will act as my mental and emotional support. There will be many times, I’m sure when I need a good cry. That brings me nicely on to number 4) Psychologist. Even though my family and loved ones will, of course, make me smile, there will be things that happen that affect me more deeply. Having a trained person that is detached from the family will help me through the really tough times. 5) Universal Visas. Thanks to these guys I will ensure I get into every country in the world without problems. That is probably a phrase which I’ll regret typing. I know there will be hickups but on the whole, the great people at Universal Visas are keeping in touch and ensuring I have all the stamps in the passports I need. I’m having to go back to the UK a few times throughout the journey to pick up more visas. There are some embassies where I must appear in person.

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# Why is the trip happening?

This trip primarily exists because of a small collection of people I met in the Sahara desert, the one person, in particular, Kevin Webber is the man behind the mission. Kevin and I met in the Marathon des Sables race in 2015 and he told me that he had terminal prostate cancer and around only two years to live. He is an incredibly remarkable man, with endless positivity and effortless likeability.

This trip is for Kevin and to hopefully stop future generations dying from prostate cancer.

# What charity are you raising money for?

Prostate cancer UK is the primary charity I’m raising money for throughout the trip. PCUK is a relatively poor charity in the UK. With other charities such as cancer research bringing in around 300 million a Year PC UK early house around 20 million. Yet prostate cancer is the biggest killer of men in the UK, with 11,000 dying every year. The saddest thing of all is that if you catch it early you’re highly likely to live. It is an awareness piece. I want to get all men over 40 to be aware of cancer and how it may have no symptoms. Please support the trip and donate what you can.

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# What’s your fundraising target?

I would like to reach £250,000 by the time I come back on July 10th 2019. A trip that lasts 18 months should be able to bring in £250,000. If you’re reading this and think other people will donate I don’t need to, if you can spare a few pence please do donate. I have the belief that the £250,000 target will be reached before the end of the journey and hopefully surpassed. Who knows what the final number could be. If I return home and I haven’t reached the target I will use future expeditions to ensure that the £250,000 is met.

# Do You Have a Website?

Yep here it is. www.nickbutter.com

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# Will there be a documentary?

Yep, hopefully, more than 1 production of the expedition will be aired, in varying forms. At the moment we have Spark media who are producing a 90 minute documentary one year into the trip. This will be aired to all of the worldwide adventure film festivals and with a bit of luck the broadcasters will pick this up also. This is designed to share the journey so far, grab new audiences, and promote the remaining six months of the trip. I am also in discussion with Channel 4 and the BBC to understand what they are able to produce post trip. It is likely there will be some form of multipart series once I’ve returned. There are two other production companies which I’m working with who will produce different style productions to different audiences. I will also be recording the trip myself. 80% of my kit Will be electronics and film gear. My much loved Maverick Pro DJI drone will be coming with me for the entire trip. I just have to be careful to not get it confiscated. There will be a short 3 to 8 minute video per country highlighting things like the culture, weather and people. These videos Will be posted to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo and on YouTube. Spark Media will be accompanying me at various points throughout the expedition to film talking head shot updates and also cultural and establishing shots of the landscape. I will hope to capture interviews with locals from each country. The documentary is one of the big outcomes from the trip. I can use the footage to promote future expeditions and inspire kids when I speak in schools.

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# Do you have any sponsors helping you out?

Yes, I’m fortunate enough to have many sponsors supporting this expedition. It has taken 18 months to contact and publicise the journey, but we now have around 10 solid sponsors, with around 40 to 50 companies which are supporting in their own way. I’d like to say a big thank you to Lloyds Banking Group, Do Running, Touch Note, Life systems and Life venture, Pulsin, High 5, Red Bull, Suunto and Osprey. These are just a few of the very helpful people and companies supporting me. Closer to the expedition start date I will the writing specific posts about all of my sponsors. You can find full details of who they are and how they support me on my website. Because the sponsorship can be a sensitive issue I will be announcing all official sponsors and all officials supporting companies just before I leave. These companies will have my thanks and support, through publicity, for the entire 550 day expedition. I will thank these bands by promoting them through Global media, social media and the charity.

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# Are you going to be writing a book?

Yes, I’m really looking forward to writing a book. I love to write, and I love to share the journeys that I undertake. I have been in contact with a number of influential people in the world of travel writing; including publishing houses and previously expedition related book authors. At present the idea is to write a book as I progress through my journey, albeit very slowly, and release this book within a short space of time after successfully completing the trip in July 2019. I’m hoping it will be within a month or so of returning to the UK. There are naturally some roadblocks with funding, printing and getting into the major bookstores. This is very much a work progress. If you’re reading this and can offer help please let me know. Besides from the obviously written journal highlighting the highs and lows of the 550 day trip, and as I mentioned before, I love my photography. With that in mind, I have this vision of creating a large format hardback coffee table book capturing one key photo from every day of my journey. This will include the faces of everybody I have met, Photos of every single country in the world, and likely capturing the mixed emotions that I will experience. Yes, I will be crying at points, laughing and simply getting lost.

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# When did you start running?

I started running when I was very young. I lived in the countryside and Dorset in the middle of nowhere. I was lucky enough to have a very supportive family and a great school, so I was entered into my first Marathon at 11 years old. After that, I was heavily into my cycling for a number of years as I used this form of transport to get around to the neighbouring villages to see my friends. Although, sometimes I did rely on the taxi of mum and dad. Thanks, mum and dad. At the age of about 14 to 18, I was a skier within snowsports England. Having started skiing from the young age of just 16 months old in France, skiing was becoming a big part of my life. However, with my teenage years behind me and my upcoming real-life adulthood around the corner, I realise I should get a real job and stop skiing around the world. This is advice I give to nobody. I wouldn’t say it was a regret, but I would have loved to continue my skiing career further. Needless to say after working in finance for a while Office life wasn’t for me. I picked up my running shoes again and started to train and compete. After winning a few longer distance races I realise that I was quite good at ultrarunning. I manoeuvred myself into a position where I can work part-time and focus more heavily on running and then making the move to full-time running later. Having now completed 314 marathons and over 40 Ultra races all over the world, running is my life. And the sole reason I’m writing this now. To anyone that Is reading this, that isn’t a runner, I urge you to try. Running gives you two seemingly juxtaposed outcomes. Adrenaline pumping, sweat dripping from my face, my lungs are working overtime, my legs are burning and yet I’m still in a completely peaceful, calm and therapeutic state. As humans, we were built to run, and I have no plans on stopping soon. I love running.

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# What are your plans once you have completed the trip?

Where do I start? I have so many plans for expeditions, trips races, and other non running related sports that I want to take on. One thing which I will release more formally nearer the time is the fact I want to circumnavigate Iceland on foot shortly after returning from a trip. I’ll use the fitness that I’ve built up, and go on a much more leisurely and enjoyable 30 day journey running a marathon day around the beautiful coastal road in Iceland. Other than this I have a number of world records in my sights, which I won’t mention now. I also plan to climb all of the world major peaks, row the Atlantic, and run to every city in the UK. Other than physical feats, I am very much looking forward to starting my own nonprofit organisation. This is designs to support disadvantaged and severely abused children within the UK. Having seen my mum supports families and children through her work in the courts’ process I know there is a big demand for supporting these kids. The concept is simple. Using the contacts I’ll build up over the next two years I will take these kids to other countries, visit other schools, other kids their own age, and use travel and adventure as a form of education. There is no need to bolt on specific lessons or learnings but simply by showing these kids a world they would never even be able to imagine, I hope they will gain a sense of the people we share our beautiful planet with, and how individually we are small, but united we are a great and positive force. These kids wouldn’t usually venture out of their own backyards, so taking them out of their own country and continent will hopefully have the shock factor to help promote self worth and give them a sense of purpose and drive. I hope this will be corporately funded, there are all sorts of battles to make something like this work, but for a short time, I will focus quite heavily on this once I’ve returned from my trip. Writing things like this gets me very excited, not only for the running and the trip but everything it can lead to.

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# What do you hope to achieve from the trip?

Other than the £250,000 pounds for prostate cancer and the awareness that they need, the short answer is, legacy. There’s a simple message around why the trip is happening, and that is to use our lives on the planets the way you want to without assuming that tomorrow will happen. Basically being grateful for every day. Life is precious. The legacy of the journey though I hope will encompass much more. Like I’ve mentioned I’ll start my non-profit to support kids, but I also have the material and experience to share with other children all over the world, get them active, change adult perspectives on sports, and it will give me a solid foundation for future expeditions. Intern these expeditions what happened charities Will give me a career I enjoy and hopefully an income and way of life for my own family. The so much to say with this question, but I hope when I’m old and grey I can look back and this trip will be a significant event in my life which my children and grandchildren will be proud of.

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# What do your friends and family think of the challenge?

Everyone thinks I’m a bit crazy, but the people that know me well know that it’s something I have to do. I have such a drive to do more and be more, so this trip covers everything. I love photography, I love meeting people, I love living outside the comfort zone, and I obviously love a lot of running. So my parents, family and friends are all so supportive yet a little scared. Some countries will be as inviting as I like them to be, and no doubt I am already naive to some things which I’m unaware of at this point. I do know though that I will likely be locked up, mugged, ripped off, injured, attacked,  frequently lost and end up upset at times. The people that know me the most understand that the alternative isn’t really living for me. I will settle and be a normal person once some of the items on my list are ticked off. Even then I have so many plans. Sorry folks.

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# How many world records will you be breaking or setting?

There is a number of world records I hope to be setting or breaking. If it was a matter of everything being taken on good-faith I’d probably come away with many many records. But obviously, everything has to be adjudicated and confirmed. I’m not saying I would cheat obviously, it’s just a matter of following very specific guidelines. Guinness world records and an American based company record setters Will provides me with a set of guidelines which I will have to adhere to obtain the records and after. There are obviously two key Records which I’m confident I will gain. I will set the world record for running a marathon distance in every sovereign state in the world. This is 196 countries. On top of this, I will also be able to break the mail record for visiting every country in the world. This record it currently stands at over three years, and I’m hoping to visit and run in every country in just 18 months. There is also the female record which stands at just over 18 months to visit every country in the world. This was recently broken by a girl called Cassie from the States, I’m not specifically after this but if the trip goes well there is a chance I may beat her record too. Obviously, I wouldn’t take record title off her because her Record is the female record. On top of these overarching records, there are around 10 more records such as running some of the major peaks in the Andes, running a marathon distance in every country within each continent, and also the first British person to do this. It’s all a bit complicated and ultimately I am at the hands of Guinness world records. It is likely I will return all being well with around eight world records. I have to rely on technology such as my running watches to capture my routes and confirm I am indeed running the distance myself in the right places, i.e. in each country. I will meet with Guinness and record setters ahead of the trip to confirm more specific information I hope.

# How long have you been planning this?

To do the trip is big as this another mention the catalyst was meeting Kevin just have a prostate cancer. And that him in April of 2016. So since then the trip has been in planning I’ve spent roughly the last 18 months understanding what’s involved with the visas, vaccinations, security, flights, food, accommodation, PR, sponsors, funding, and I could go on. The fortunate position to be able to hire a PA, find a nutritionist a psychologist to support with the journey. On top of this, I have a good team of family and friends which will help me while I’m away.

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# Are you running official marathon races?

The plan is to run as many official marathons as possible. Although it is a common misconception that a marathon is a race. The marathon is just 26.2 miles running. So in order to gain the records, all I have to do is to run 26.2 miles in every country on earth. I will also be running all of the worlds major marathons though. That’s Berlin, London, Chicago, Boston, Tokyo, and New York. If there is a race or an ultramarathon close to the time I land in that Country I will hopefully be able to run the race. It will be a strange day to run so many marathons but finish the trip with very few medals. It will be a great chance though to run in places where people don’t usually run, and I’ll meet people all over the world you will have great running stories to tell. I’m just looking forward to the whole picture.

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# How can people get involved?

People can get involved in all sorts of ways. I am hoping to run with people in every country. If you are holidaying in any country in the world in the next 18 months and you’re going to be there at the same time as me please let me know. If you’d like to support but not run that’s absolutely fine. I would also say that I will be running very slowly. Usually, I can run a marathon in under three hours, but this trip my marathon times will be more like six I’d imagine. Simply because of the volume of running and the travel and fatigue. So don’t be afraid to get involved. If you think you’re too slow you’re not. I’ll be having food and drink regularly in and pubs throughout each run. So the main way I would like people to get involved back home in the UK is to either donate directly to the go fund me page or if you’re a runner sign up to my virtual challenge. A company called EtchRock are supporting me by putting on a virtual challenge or all of you to sign up to. It costs £25 I’m the challenge is to run 196 miles while I’m away. You can run wherever you like as frequently as you like and the runs can be as short as just 1 mile if you want. Or if you’re a longer distance runner like me you may want to run all of the 196 miles together. I’m also appealing to people all over the world that would like to support me. If you live on earth, which I think you probably do, you may be able to host me for the night. And by that I mean give me a bed or somewhere to stay Friday night or two while I’m in your country. The links of how to support with this are below. I have about 50 countries covered were very kind people have offered me to stay, there are obviously many more countries which I need help with. It would be very easy for me to stay in hostels and hotels throughout the trip but the journey wouldn’t be as inclusive or enjoyable. I want to meet some of the amazing people of our world and learn about the culture way of life and families. If you would simply like to follow my journey without supporting actively I have a regular blog (which you’re reading), podcast which is available through the link below, and Instagram Facebook and twitter. You can track my progress in real-time on my website. I will have multiple GPS devices on me see you can see where I am all of the time.

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# How much time will you have in each country?

This is the downsides to the journey. I would love to spend weeks and weeks in each country but because there are so many countries, and the fact that I have a home and a life in the UK, I can’t be away for years and years, despite the fact I would love to. So with this in mind and in order to gain some of the world records I will need to visit every country relatively quickly. I will spend just 2 1/2 days on average in each country. That is roughly 60 hours. 90% of the time, however, I will only be spending one or two days in each country before moving on. As you can imagine this will be incredibly tiring and stressful at times and sad when I leave each country. The remaining 10% of the trip I have designated rest breaks in certain countries. I will spend longer in all of the world major marathon cities, and also in places where I have plans to rest such as Peru, South Africa, Hawaii, Brazil and some parts of Europe.

# How can people donate?

Its simple you can donate using the link below.

https://www.gofundme.com/runningtheworld

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# Will you be posting photos and videos while you’re away?

Yes, I love my photos and videos, I will be posting every day if I can. Obviously, there are difficulties with posting to the internet when I don’t have an internet connection. I will have a sat phone, normal phone and hopefully access to Wi-Fi spots around the world. So I hope I will be able to give you real-time updates on twitter, Instagram, Facebook and my blog regularly. If you’re a fan of the podcast please let me know. I will be recording a daily podcast in real time so you can hear the fun, agony or stories I’m going through. I’m so very lucky.

# Where can people follow your progress?

The best place to follow my progress in detail will be my blog. Here I will write detailed accounts of the countries I visit, kit reviews, interviews with the people I meet and the emotions I feel. The podcast episodes which I will record daily are more of a snapshot of the last 24 hours. I will be posting one minute videos to Instagram showing short updates as often as possible. Twitter will also act as a good place to dump the not so visually appealing photos throughout the journey. I like my photos to look good, but this trip will be fast paced and twitter is a good way of sharing my journey as it unfolds. Facebook live will be used as often as I can.

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# How will you stay injury free?

I’m not sure how I will stay injury free. It’s very easy to pick up small niggles which don’t stop me running but will make the journey uncomfortable. It will also be more likely that I pick up some form of illness despite the vast array of vaccinations. Although I hope this won’t happen, I think it is very rare to go 18 months, especially, doing such a big world wide challenge and not pick up any injury or sickness. let’s see how I cope. I will be keeping an eye on my nutrition and do as much as I can to help my legs recover every day. Weight loss and over or under hydration could also be important factors. I am only 67 kg as of today, and I would imagine I will be losing substantial amounts of weight throughout the trip. I have to be careful to not let this affects my mind and my legs. I’m not that worried about injuries but if they happen I will deal with them. If I have to stay in a particular country for five weeks for example while I recover then so be it, it is what it is and I can’t change it. I will be sensible with the activities I undertake throughout the trip and be careful. I don’t want to be too restrictive with what I do though.

# How can schools get involved?

Schools are a big part of this journey for me. Pre, during and post. One of the big outcomes is to inspire children and leave the legacy of the journey behind. I will be visiting schools all over the world during the trip, running with the kids, talking to them and the teachers, Learning about their schooling, and connecting with them for future. As mentioned I hope my non-profit Will be able to leverage some of these contacts. More than anything I enjoy giving the kids the inspiration to do something they may not have tried. And hopefully, they’ll enjoy being part of my challenge. I also have connections with lots of schools in the UK that I have spoken at previously. Thanks to my sponsor Touch Note who provides one click postcards through my phone, I will be able to send kids and schools postcard updates of my journey easily. If you work at a school or you’re a student in a school anywhere in the world and want to get involved with this challenge please get in touch. You have the next two years but don’t leave it too late. Contact my agent at https://www.lemoncake.events

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# Do you need more help from sponsors?

Yes please. I always need more sponsors and support. This trip is costing me personally over £100,000. Not to mention the funds that various sponsors are providing. As yet I am still looking for a single headline sponsor to support with most of the cost. Sponsors can come in many forms from individuals looking to help, to big companies after their return on investment. If you’re able to help in any way big or small I’m hugely grateful.

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# Are you going to need lots of vaccinations?

Yes I will need every vaccination going. As I’m writing this I’m currently getting over the side-effects of my first rabies vaccination and meningitis jab. I will need around 20 injections to ensure I am properly protected throughout the 18 months. The more complicated part is travelling with over 200 days of malaria tablets. I will likely be taking doxycycline, which I’m hoping will not render me completely sick and lethargic. That would be a problem. Because I have to take malaria tablets for 28 days after I leave a malaria ridden country, I will be having to take malaria tablets for much longer than I would like. We will see how this unfolds. Thanks Nomad Travel Clinic

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