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30 for 30 – Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge

Written by David Mansfield

Thursday, 16 November, 2023

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On the 18th/19th May 2024, a team of three fools intrepid athletes representing Lanware 30 for 30 will attempt the Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge. The challenge is a 100K run along the stunning coastline of the Jurassic Coast, starting at Corfe Castle and taking in Swanage, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Weymouth, Portland Bill, Chesil Beach, West Bay (of TV’s Broadchurch) before a finish line celebration (or hospital recovery) in the vibrant town of Bridport.

So why run 100K?

It’s all about the sponsorship. With so many sponsorship requests in this day and age, an event needs to stand out. A 100K run certainly does that.

Who is attempting the challenge?

Two of Lanwares Directors, James Tovey and David Mansfield, alongside volunteer Ian Murray (financial services veteran and all-round good egg).

How long will it take?

The fastest competitors will complete in around 9 hours. The time limit for course completion is 24 hours. James and Ian will be closer to the 9 hours, and David will be closer to the 24.

What training is being undertaken?

Surprisingly, training is being taken seriously. Two months into a 7-month programme the enthusiastic participants are up to 150k a month. This will be increased by roughly 50K a month until a taper near the end of April ready for the mid-May start.

What injuries are expected?

Blisters, Blisters, and Blisters on Blisters. Also bad knees, back, groins and deflated egos.

What message does the terrible trio have for potential sponsors?

In the immortal words of Bob Geldof at Live Aid in 1985 “Give us your ****** money” or alternatively “It would be very much appreciated if you could kindly sponsor our running endeavour to your maximum wallet capacity. Thank you very much”.

Would you like to get involved or donate to Lanware 30 for 30?

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