Free Your Footprint’s resident ultra athlete Nick Butter has some very exciting news. He is going to #RUN BRITAIN. Quite literally, run all around the edge of Britain, along the coastline. That within itself is quite the feat however it gets more interesting, Nick will be attempting to do this by running 200 marathons, in 100 days. That’s TWO marathons per day, for 100 days. 5,240 miles. This has never been done, by anyone, ever.
A few years ago, Nick embarked on an equally challenging and world-record breaking adventure, to run a marathon in every country in the world. This led him to not only travel to 196 countries, but to of course run in each of them and meet some amazing people.
On this 674 day expedition to every country, he witnessed the scale and sheer horrors of poverty, suffering and need all over the globe. Upon returning, he determinedly set-up The 196 Foundation. The 196 Foundation is a registered non-profit (Donor Advised Fund) which aims to support pockets of need all over the world. The foundation asks for donations of £1.96 per month, this is then collected and used to support one cause per year. As a democratic donorship, every donor has the opportunity to vote on the cause that’s supported each year. The goal is to provide aid to every country in the world, in small bite size chunks.
This is the reason that Nick will be running, in the hope that kind people will be inspired to donate 6p per day for a year to the 196 Foundation, via £1.96 monthly. That's a lot of miles for just 6p... sounds crazy, right? Maybe, but if we want to shake up the world around us, and can imagine it better, then thinking big can sometimes mean starting small, and just throwing ourselves into the cause.
He will be starting and finishing at the Eden Project, and from there heading anti-clockwise around the coast, running as close to the coast wherever possible, along marked footpaths and roads. The route is available at www.nickbutter.com/runbritain.
Fancy joining? As the UK comes out of lockdown measures, you are all invited to join in and run with him. There will be a form available on the website so you can register your interest, meet up locations will be posted in advance. Each day has been specifically mapped out on his route, www.nickbutter.com/runbritain because he wants everyone to know where he is, so you can get involved. Each day his route will also be uploaded onto Strava too, ‘Running the World Nick Butter’ so you can give him some kudos.
As if that wasn’t enough, he will also be carrying a live tracker, so no matter where you are you can catch every step. This tracker will be live as of April 17th at 06:00 on Nick’s website.
As part of the Free Your Footprint community, we’d love to encourage everyone to support Nick by sharing his adventure.