1,254 mile Mountain-Marathon

Posted in Dishing the Dirt by Matt Ward on Tue 06 Oct '09

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Kevin Carr

This is astounding. We cannot do this effort justice on these pages. As the humble Kevin Carr relays his solo off-road run from Lands End-john O’Groats via the forums of the FRA – hardened fell dogs on the board were left mouth a gape.

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He has finally got round to posting his ‘report’ on the pages of the FRA, and what a post it is, needing two posts the house the blog, as it exceeded the word allowance. With quotes such as:

Fear and confidence come in many different flavours, I had the confidence to stand at one end of the country and begin running with the firm belief I could reach the other end, I overcame my fear of having less than perfect navigation skills to run through the mountains of Scotland yet, walking into a building looking a stranger in the eye and asking for their help was a much scarier prospect…


It didn’t feel great, I was tapering for obvious reasons, so hardly running, then sat around eating junk food, most of the day – it doesn’t fill you with confidence, certainly didn’t make me feel at my ‘athletic-best’ but it was definitely necessary, I lost just over the 1.75 stone I’d gained-almost two stone; although it wen’t nearly all in the last 254 miles north of Fort William – around 15-16lbs in 8 days. I wasn’t my normal shape though, I’d lost a lot of muscle not just fat.

you are best taking the phone off the hook for a few minutes and reliving some of the heaven and hell that Kevin endured.

We agree that Kevin’s achievement needs to become immortalised in a book at some point, and maybe even a film. Stories and characters like Kevin only come along once in a generation…

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