On Easter Sunday, March 27th, 2016, one of Ecologia’s locally-based supporters, Simon Clark, set off to run the whole way around Britain’s crinkly coast to celebrate our 20th Anniversary and raise £20,000 to support our work with disadvantaged children and young people in Kenya, Uganda and Myanmar.
Simon’s Current Location
Winter is here… and Simon Clark continues his self-funded run anti-clockwise along the coast of Britain. Here’s an appeal recorded by Simon for places to stay over the winter. Without places to stay he’ll either have to camp – which in the cold winter weather is not an option – or pay for accommodation out of his own pocket, up until April 2017. Can you help? Do you live along (or near) the coast, anywhere between Newquay in Cornwall and Findhorn in Scotland? Let us or Simon know, we’d be happy to hear from you!
Read the latest news about Simon’s Run:
Simon’s run in the media:
- Kingsbridge & Salcombe Gazette (Dec 21st): ‘Simon’s run around Britain sees him brave the coast path in December’
- BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Out for the Weekend’ interview with Fiona (Dec 16th):
For more news articles and radio snippets please visit our media archive on Simon’s Run.
Why is Simon running around Britain’s coast?
Inspired by Rosie Swale Pope’s adventures, as described in her book Just a Little Run Around the World, he is following the edge of the sea along the mainland coast, to test his own limits, his own edge. As he describes it:
My own need to do something bigger than I know is a powerful driving force – the desire to find out how I deal with life when I am exhausted and want to do no more. What then kicks in? What is left?
But this is not only a journey of self-discovery. Based around the corner from Ecologia, Simon has become familiar with our work over the past two decades and is dedicating his awe-inspiring efforts to supporting our work with neglected, abused and vulnerable children facing their own challenges. He explains:
If we can’t give all the children of the world the best start possible, we have to wonder what we’re doing here. It’s so difficult for children in materially poor countries to get to grips with education and achieve worthwhile change whilst being under nourished and shelterless. Giving – no doubt at times, grinding out – effort to benefit youngsters who have less fortuitous circumstances than mine seems the least I can do, and the thought of carrying and needing very little, while asking others to give a lot to improve the lives of children seems the best of affairs.
The wiggly nature of Britain’s edge means that the total distance Simon will run clocks in at a jaw-dropping 5,000 miles! Planning to keep up his architectural design work while running around the coast (which means he’ll not be running every single day, but sometimes having ‘work’ days, as well as participating in a couple of marathons!), he expects his journey of five thousand brief encounters to take a year. Find out when he will be passing your door by watching his run around Britain on the interactive map above. You can also read about what life on the road is really like via his evocative Facebook posts, follow Simon’s journey on Twitter and sign up to our mailing list to receive regular updates about his journey.
As an additional service, Simon is carrying messages to deliver to people along the coastline. Anyone can give him a small paper message with name and mobile number on it, and he will contact them and deliver it en route. A donation to Ecologia pays for your own personal messenger!
How Can I Support?
To help Simon reach his £20,000 target, please visit our Virgin Money Giving page and make a donation. You can even set up your own fundraising page there, if you would like to organise an event in support.
Offers of meals, beds/floors to sleep on and company along the way are also very welcome.
Supporters like Simon taking on magnificent challenges such as this, enable Ecologia to continue to nurture, sustain, and develop the potential of the precious children in our projects.
Thank You Simon and Happy Running!