**UPDATE 11/01/18** Ian has now completed his year long project. Read all about it in the Westmorland Gazette HERE. Thank you Ian for your inspiring support.
On 1st January 2017 Ian Penney set out on a unique and remarkable challenge, to run at least 3.65 miles a day, every day, for 1 year. Think about that for a second. One 3.65 mile run isn’t in itself the challenge, but to dedicate this distance and time every single day in aid for St John’s Hospice shows a wonderful commitment to his cause. All the things that life throws at us on a daily basis are brushed aside to make sure he completes his challenge every day.
Well, as of 11th December, Ian is still on track to complete his mission. He has also raised £2,399 for St John’s Hospice in that time. There is still time to show your support to Ian, and to St John’s Hospice, by clicking the button below and donating.
Everyone as St John’s Hospice is so grateful to Ian for his considerable efforts. Lisa Preston, Community Fundraiser at St John’s, has been supporting Ian throughout the year, “It’s been a pleasure to support Ian along his journey, I know at times it’s not been easy to get the miles in and there have been some very early mornings! Ian has even dragged himself out of bed during a particular nasty bout of illness to get his miles in. The support shown by people Ian has met along the way has been incredible. We have some amazing supporters who never fail to astound us in the ways they help raise vital funds for St Johns. Ian has taken on a huge challenge and I think it’s safe to say he has risen to it! With only 20 days left to go Ian is gearing up for a big finish. Thank you Ian!”
Ian speaks of the highs and lows of such an arduous challenge, “The challenge, as expected, has had amazing highs and challenging lows. People always seem interested in the lows, the challenging times. At the time of a “low” I just feel that I’m in the thick of it and focussed on getting it done. I knew at the start of the year illness and injury were going to present the toughest challenge. I was really ill back in March and ended up on antibiotics for two weeks, running through that period was a real challenge and against medical advice. In regard to injury I unfortunately picked up a tear in a ligament after a smashing both ankles up pretty bad in June, it took till the end of August for that clear to a point where it did not bother me every day. This year I have run with so many different people from different backgrounds and had the pleasure to share great times with them. I get to run in the Lake District which is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The highlight has been getting out every day and watch the seasons change in the mountains. The support of friends, family and people that have stumbled across the project has been amazing and knowing that the kind donations that they give make a real difference to St Johns Hospice is amazing.”
The Story in Ian’s words
Project 3.65 is running a minimum of 3.65 miles a day for 365 consecutive days. Raising money for St John’s Hospice.
When I came up with Project3.65 I wanted a challenge that drew on the aspects of the human spirit; endurance, grit, tenacity and determination. The distance itself isn’t the challenge it’s the motivation and discipline to make it happen everyday.
St Johns do fantastic work. I watched Alan Bradshaw a family member and his stoic battle with cancer. The care that he received was invaluable.
Project 3.65 is for everyone. We have one wild and precious life and I believe the world would be a better place if we all did something positive for our fellow man regardless of sex, colour, creed or religion.
Project 3.65 is my way of supporting St Johns Hospice and giving something back to my fellow man.
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Day 49/365Here's a short video explaining what Project3.65 is all about.Thanks to everyone who has helped and got behind Project3.65 so far.Have a great Saturday everyone Like, Follow, Share
Posted by Project3.65 on Saturday, 18 February 2017