Film about a journey up The Royal Mile in Edinburgh in August 2012. Go to
During Edinburgh's Fringe Festival of 2013, I ran 26 marathons in 26 days.
26.2 miles a day for 26 days.
Each marathon/day was run entirely on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
So you could say I ran a one mile stretch of road 681.2 times.
The gradient of The Royal Mile also means that each day was equivalent to climbing Ben Nevis.
At the end of the 8th marathon I broke my foot.
I'd never done anything like this before in my life - I used to avoid PE at school by rubbing grass in my eyes to bring on hayfever, so this performance was all about fear and motivation: how do you keep getting up, keep trying to do something, if you have no idea whether or not you can even accomplish it, and if the mere thought of it terrifies you? What keeps you going? Just how do you 'dig deep'?
It was important that I was continually repeating myself (re-inventing myself), running up and down the same stretch of ground; it was important that The Royal Mile is a steep hill with sections of cobbles; it was important that I needed to weave through the crowd - putting them in a position where they were forced to negotiate and navigate with my performance. This was not supposed to be easy.
But I asked for help: sports scientists from The Human Performance Unit at Essex University oversaw my training and the performance itself and gave me nutritional, psychological and scientific support; Jez Allen (fitness coach) provided valuable advice and Edd Hobbs produced the performance, providing logistical and at times, much needed emotional support! I was also overwhelmed by the support I received from people, not just from those who came to watch, cheer and run with me on The Royal Mile, but from people all over! I had wondered if we were still capable of a 'Dunkirk spirit' in this day and age, and I found the answer to be an unresounding YES!
I blogged about my experiences and you can read about them (and other musings) here: