Why is Simon running around Ireland?
On Easter Sunday, March 2016, Simon Clark set off on an incredible journey, aiming to run the full coast of Britain to celebrate Ecologia’s 20th anniversary. 5,173 miles and 466 days later he returned home, to our base in Findhorn, after raising nearly £26,000 for our work with vulnerable youngsters around the world.
Living just down the road from Ecologia’s office in the Findhorn Community, Simon developed a passion for our work with disadvantaged young people. When asked about why he chose to support our work, he said:
If we can’t give all the children of the world the best start possible, we have to wonder what we’re doing here.
Just a Little Run Around Britain not only raised money but also inspired people along the way to find out more about the work we do. Simon received more than 300 messages of support online from people across the country congratulating him on his achievement. You can read more about his run and the hero’s welcome he received on his return here.
During Simon’s epic 15-month run, he came to greatly appreciate the simplicity of what became a way of life for him; of carrying and needing very little whilst asking others to give a lot to improve the lives of children. The allure of the run still pulls and on August 1st, 2018 he set off again, this time to run the coastline of Ireland and raise further funds in aid of our work to empower disadvantaged and vulnerable young people at our projects.
Two hearts, four feet
And he won’t be alone! In 2016, Simon inspired many individuals to support our charitable work by becoming child sponsors, making donations, and sending messages of goodwill. He also inspired one of our own members of staff to take on the challenge with him. Our Office Manager and Volunteers Coordinator, Rachel Winter, will be running by Simon’s side this year.
Simon and Rachel kicked off their Irish adventure on the 1st August after a local farewell party in the Findhorn Community and a Send Off with drumming and lots of good wishes. The official start from O’Connell Bridge in Dublin followed one week later, on 7th August. They will make their way down the East coast and aim to be back in Dublin in February.
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We will bring you updates of their monumental journey as it unfolds. Keep checking back for the latest news and articles about Simon’s progress here.