Philip Huthwaite is a Company Director from London who is really looking forward to getting going on his 90km gold Peak District Challenge.
Why are you doing the Peak District Challenge?
I am raising money for SALVE International. After recently visiting Uganda I have seen at first hand the conditions that some of the street children endure on a daily basis, and the sheer joy and prospects that SALVE provides the kids.
What appealed to you most about the challenge?
I like to do one big challenge a year and having completed a marathon in 2012 it was time to step up the distance!
Tell us about your team
We are called team Happy Feet! I’m running with one of my longest friends, Tim. He’s just got into running in the last year or so, but has already beaten my time for the marathon distance! It looks like I’ll need to step up my game if I’m to keep up with him on the event!
What training have you done so far?
Last month we decided to see if the legs could make a sizable distance. We caught the first train out of LondonVictoria on a Saturday morning (01:00am) to Brighton, and ran back to London. A real mixture of towns and scenery, and great opportunity to test out kit and how we would fare.
Walking around the shops the next day was interesting, but with a few more runs leading up to the event we should be both fighting fit for the main event.
What do you think will be the hardest thing about it?
Firstly the lack of sleep. It being a 24hour event starting at 8:00pm, it will require a lot of energy bars and drinks to get us to the end in time for dinner the following day.
Secondly running through the night. The Peak district will not have street lights, and to ensure we stay on the right course we will need to stay alert.
What are you most looking forward to about it?
I’ve walked a few times in the Peak District and the scenery is breath taking. Once I’ve taken in the scenery it will be the burger at the end!
So why not show team Happy Feet a bit of support as we attempt to run 90km of hilly terrain for a great cause?