Day 365: Finished, and entered the wall of fame….

Well it’s over, done, finished!!!


The first thing to do is thank everyone who ran with me tonight at Grove rugby club, speechless at the amount of friends who turned out to run, and having a drink and celebrate both my 40th and the completing A lovely evening with great people. Thank you to the seniors who ran with me, it meant a great deal to me. Plus the amount of cards and gifts people brought, thank you all.


 Time to look back over the last year. When I started this I stated I had four reasons for do the challenge, they were:

Improve my fitness and lose some weight, both of which I have done, I can now run 3 miles without thinking about the run, and after it I feel no pain… I also have improved my pace, getting fast as the year went on, and have run 3 miles in 21 minutes 11 seconds, I will get under 21 minutes sometime…plus lost 3 stone in weight..


Help improve my writing, as I am Dyslexic I thought this might help….. Not sure it has, due to most of the blogs being written late in the evening when I am tired and not thinking… But to anyone who suffers with dyslexic, don’t let it hold you back…


Challenging myself both physically and mentally, the physical side I will come onto later, the mentally challenge… You have to have a screw loss to do this in the first place, but there was only one time I thought I would have to quit. This was due to my knee strain but thanks to help from friends, family and a work colleagues, (thank you Mr Hemant Pandit, Orthopaedic Surgeon) who advised me that I could run and it would not do any more damage, just hurt, time to man up….


Charities, raising money for these great charities has also helped me through. I started with one in my mind, but as the year has gone on, there have been other events which have occurred adding two more to the challenge. I am amazed at the amount of money people have given to help these three great charities. (It not too late to give, just hit Here

Make a wish is for children and young adults who are fighting a life shortening illness, and the future is not looking good. They are after a wish, that you can’t buy of the shelf, but will put a smile on their face, while everything around them is black.. Also giving their families memories of happy times to cherish.

CRUK, this last year friends and work colleagues have again been hit by cancer, and it is about time we hit cancer hard.. We can put man on the moon, dive to the bottom of the ocean, break speed records but we can’t stop cancer, it about time we did…

Parkinson UK, very close and personal. Due to my mother, but when you talk about Parkinson’s you realise there are more people who have it than you thought. So not only raising money but also awareness of it.


There was also a fifth reason, about 10 days after I started this challenge I spoken to my brother Simon, and told him I had started this challenge, he laughed and bet me £10 I would not complete it….. Well it gives me great pleasure to say ‘Simon hand it over….’


Stats time:
I have ran 1200 miles for this challenges, but my GPS states other wish, a total of 1224.43, all those .01 add up. If I was to add the total time I have ran together, I would have to run for near 8 whole days together… And have burnt over 212231 calories through running over the last year, or 393 burgers……



12-minute test 1.72 mi

One hour 7.29 mi

1 km 4m:02s

1 mile 6m:41s

3 km 13m:00s

3 miles 21m:11s

5 km 23m:25s

10 km 48m:57s

Half marathon 2h:08m:53s

Total workouts:374

Total duration:7d:23h:06m

Total distance:1224.43 mi

Trips around the world:0.049

Trips to the Moon:0.005

Average speed:6.41 mph

Average pace:9m:22s

Calories burned:212231 kcal

Burgers burned:393

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Now it is time to thank some people, in no order.. The first thank you is to Baloo the family dog, never complains about running and always happy to head out the door. James Ellis for starting this of in 2009, you have given me a great challenge and I have really enjoyed it, thank you James. Jon North and John Newton for running with me on Christmas Day, at 12.01 am, dressed up in Christmas outfit…… Also Jon for helping out looking after our boys when Tonya has been in A&E or hospital… For a number of reasons… Running with Grove rugby club, firstly the minis section and today the seniors section. Ling Jinks you have joined me for probably 1/3 of the runs which I am sure has made it easier, getting the email or text, running tomorrow morning, which has made me get up and get the run done before the day started, thank you for joining me on the streets of Oxford, and one run in Hyde Park. I have also ran with the family so thank you boys, and the one I remember is Henry joining me for one mile and we did not stop, all the way.. But the biggest thank you is for Tonya Sharpe, you have been a star over the last year. I would be lying if I said that this running did not cause a few discussions, (ok arguments…) but you have also been very very understanding about the challenge and I could not have done it without your help. 


What have I learnt over the last year? My body is not a temple, but I can make it do things I would never have thought possible. I have ran is some wonderful places, all over the country. Grove, Wantage, Oxford and The Roger Banister running track, Staffordshire, Norfolk, Dorset, London, as well as Wales and France. Competed in the White Horse Half Marathon, in the worst weather possible but with people who just help each other on, even when they don’t know you. Seen some lovely views while running, sunsets and rises, mostly around Grove and Wantage, we do live in a beautiful area. 

Sometimes getting out and running on your own can help your mind, and help get rid of any negative thoughts, ‘you can’t run angry for long is about right’.


What is next? Well I have a Wolf run in September and Oxford Half in October, so there is still some running to do, plus I find out in October if I have a place in The London Marathon 2016!? But tomorrow I will not be running…


Thank you everyone who has helped me, supported me, ran with me and given to the charities, hit here if you can afford £3 or more if possible…


Take care 




Day 365

Miles today 3

Miles completed 1200

Miles to go -105


  1. Andy montgomery says:

    Congratulations and well done Toby – a fantastic achievement! I hope you celebrate with at least a days rest! If your feet start getting itchy mid afternoon for a run, I hope Tonya shakes some sense into you!
    Well done. I’m sure the distance never felt that far, but consistently, every day for a year is a hell of a feat.

  2. Andy montgomery says:

    Oh, and Happy 40th Birthday!!

  3. Nathan Still says:

    Well done Toby, and welcome to the the club. Don’t worry about the feeling of emptiness for the first couple of weeks, it soon passes. I do have another challenge to be considered, hopefully Jon will have told you all about it. I’m sure you will want to get on board.

  4. Well done Toby! and congratulations with your 40th.