Here he goes again!
In March 2016, one of Ecologia’s locally-based supporters, Simon Clark, set off on an incredible journey to run 5,000+ miles around the coastline of mainland Britain in a bid to raise money for the work we do. 15 months later, he returned, having raised almost £26,000, well over twice his initial target!
Now, just over a year since his homecoming, he’s off again! Missing the freedom of the road and spurred on by the achievement of his first 5,000 miles, Simon will soon set off to add another 2,000 to his belt by running the coastline of Ireland. In the process, he’s hoping to raise even more money to support and empower the children and young people at our projects across the world.
From the very start of Simon’s first run, his efforts inspired many people across the UK and further afield. Over 300 messages came to us congratulating and wishing him luck; many donated; others became child-sponsors; and some even took up running regularly again – including Rachel Winter, Ecologia’s Office Manager and Volunteers Coordinator, who was responsible for coordinating our support for Simon during his run around Britain.
Since that time, Rachel has completed several 10k races and two half marathons. This summer, she will take on her biggest running challenge yet, by joining Simon to run with him the entire way. The pair set off for Ireland on the 1st August and plan to be back in time for Christmas. You can keep up to date with their progress and track their route on the 2 Hearts, 4 Feet page.
The Send Off
To mark their departure and kick-start the fundraising, Simon and Rachel held an ‘Open-Mike’ night on the theme of Freedom on 31st July, in our local Phoenix café.
The next day, at 1pm, friends and Ecologia supporters cheered them off as they leave from our base in Findhorn. Relying on the kindness of strangers, Simon and Rachel will hitch to Stranraer to catch a ferry over to Northern Ireland in time to celebrate Rachel’s father’s 70th birthday bash on Aug 4th. They will then make their way down to Dublin where they officially start their big run on Aug 7th. If you live in the Dublin area, please do come along to the O’Connell Bridge at 1pm to make sure they leave in style!
A Call for Support
Simon and Rachel will be running – as Simon did before – with no support team and only bivvy bags for shelter. If you know of friends or family along the Irish coast, who might be willing to help spread word about what they are doing, come and cheer them off from Dublin, or even offer them a barn/floor/sofa/bed to sleep in, please do get in touch at [email protected]. Or encourage them onwards by supporting our work to provide education, care, and much more to the young people at our projects in Kenya, Uganda, Russia, and Scotland. Please donate today and share the link to our fundraising page – every donation makes a difference to the children’s lives, and every penny acts like another drop of fuel for the two runners. Thank you!