After staying in a lovely hotel in Thurso i started extremely early in the morning to get off to a good start. Freezing cold and dark at John O'Groats. Marathon went very well - almost too well! Finishing in 3 Hours 57 Minutes. After a lunch break it was time to get on the bike. The terrain is much steeper than i had imagined, but i guess the clue is in the name! HIGHlands!! It was a shaky start as i was pushed off the road into a ditch after just 10 miles, Nikki came to my rescue and i took some paracetamol and then got back on the road. After another 30 miles on the bike i had to stop because of the pain in my ribs from the ditch incident. 40 miles short of target i felt quite frustrated.
Up early and back to the point where i finished yesterday to complete the rolled over miles, managed to complete it in pretty good time. Then it was a short break and onto the marathon. half way through i realised the direction were incorrect and i had gone a fair way in the wrong direction, at this point my frustration was really building, i managed to get back on track and completed the marathon in 5 hours. It was pretty late, around half 4 by the time i set off on the next cycle leg of the journey. Another route of dangerous and hilly country roads with many blind bends. Two hours in it had become too dangerous to carry on in the dark on these roads - i am very much looking forward to a cycle path at some point along the way!
So tomorrow its an early start again to make up these 30 miles and then crack on with day three. So far the challenge is much tougher than i had anticipated. Please support me and these three great charities by visiting our giving sites to make this all worthwhile otherwise im just a nutter running from one end of the country to the other.
Help for Heroes & The Firefighters Charity: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Callidusfundraising
St Catherines Hospice: http://www.justgiving.com/Callidus-Health-Safety