London 2 Brighton Challenge Medals

It’s been a funny old year. I virtually gave up blogging and focussed my energy (quite literally) into something completely different, something that never got a mention here on my blog. But, that something was possibly the biggest challenge I had ever undertaken…

Last January I began training for the challenge of my lifetime. My best friend and I had signed ourselves up for the London 2 Brighton Challenge, an ultra marathon in which we would walk, non-stop, from London to Brighton. 100 kilometres in one day. 63 miles. No sleeping, no rest days. Set off, walk, re-fuel, arrive.

We knew it would bring us closer to breaking point than we could ever imagine, but we knew we had to do it, not only as a personal challenge, but also to raise money for a cause close to both our hearts – Cancer Research UK.

So we trained like mother-truckers, and worked our derrières off to be race ready. We ate, drank and breathed our training programme.

On Saturday 24th May 2014 the starting klaxon went off and we embarked on the singular most challenging event of our lives. There really was blood, sweat and tears. We experienced just about every human emotion possible and went from soaring adrenaline highs, to tearfully depressed lows. We laughed like maniacs, and sobbed our hearts out.

We waded uphill, for hours, through almost knee deep mud in the pitch black night. We supported each other, and walked, and walked and walked, until 29 hours and 47 minutes later, tears of exhaustion, pride and joy streaming down our faces, we crossed that finish line on Brighton Race Course.

It was utterly overwhelming.

It was absolutely amazing.

Astonishingly, thanks to the generosity of so many kind folk, we raised almost £2000 for Cancer Research UK. We cannot thank everyone enough for their support, especially our families, who not only donated, but also allowed us the time to train.

As we crossed the finish line we both said never ever again, but as the pain of our injuries became rose-tinted through the mists of time, we may have signed up to do something very similar again…

Roll on September 2015 and The Thames Path Challenge!

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Silent Sunday

by Insomniac Mummy on December 7, 2014


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Forgive me…

by Insomniac Mummy on July 5, 2014

EllieForgive me readers, for I have sinned. It’s been over a month since my last blog post.

Well, in all honesty, it’s really been a lot longer than that! A good 18 months, in fact. It seems I lost my way with the whole blogging mojo thing. I suspect it’s feeling a little cheated on to be fair.

As much as I love my little corner of the internet, sometimes I’ve begun feeling like being so visible has silenced me. Some of the things I’d really like to just splurge out there were really not for public consumption. Or so I thought, at least.

But I miss this place, and I miss blogging. I miss just firing up the laptop and having something to say, even if that something is ridiculous, or irrelevant. I lost my voice and I’d quite like it back, thank you very much.

So, this is me, reaching out. Lifting my head above the surface, taking a gulp of air and hoping you’ll pull me out of the choppy waters.

Will you have me back?…


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June 1, 2014

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April 19, 2014

One of our favourite treats as a family is going out for afternoon tea, and with Easter approaching we wanted to treat ourselves to a special Easter afternoon tea at home. With spare time being in short supply in our house, we decided, instead of spending hours slaving over a hot oven, baking all our […]

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March 16, 2014

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A digital postcard from Team Honk in Tanzania – International Women’s Day 2014 – #LastingChange #IWD2014

March 8, 2014

Team Honk is about bloggers raising money and awareness for Comic Relief. To celebrate International Women’s Day #iwd2014, Tanya, Annie and Penny are in Tanzania finding out how donations to Sport Relief last year have created female entrepreneurs and #lastingchange for women, their families and communities and beyond – rippling out #lastingchange in Africa. Here’s […]

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March 2, 2014

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February 16, 2014

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