PB Challenge Run

PB family

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Date : 4th  July, 2020

Time : 43’ 35”

Number of runners (total to date) : 60 (7106)

Run map and details : https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/5188037174

Thank you to all the plankers and walkers ; the dancers and cyclists ; the skippers and runners. Thank you to the pledgers and donors. Thank you to the spectators and everyone who took part in the PB Challenge!

What a fantastic day. We had participants from all over the world – Lebanon ; Burkina Faso ; the US (West Coast and East Coast) ; the UK (London and all over) ; Italy ;  Ghana; Canada ; and last – but certainly not least – Cameroon.

From in uteros

PB Jessie

to the over 80s.

PB Lipf

From those who seemingly have no bones in their legs

to those recovering from hip replacement operations.

PB Jane on crutches

Thanks to everyone’s generosity, we raised £10 000 for Cancer Research and a range of great charities. (NB it’s never too late to donate!)

And it rained PBs. From first ever miles

PB Flora and Claire

to a 37 minute 10k.

PB fast 10ker 2 (2)

From Peloton records to 8 minute planks.

PB Plank

From 20 000 step walks

PB rick and mara walking

to more 5k PBs than I could count.

PB 5kers

And I managed to achieve my lifelong ambition to run 10k in less than 45 minutes. Largely thanks to Luke who was not only my training partner and pace maker but also ‘popped the wind’ for me on the track. Despite being so ill that he had to vomit twice behind the long jump pit…

PB luke & me 2

Wonderful as all that was, what I’ll remember best is the atmosphere and the sense of togetherness amongst the 100 or so people gathered in London and everyone else around the world. I can’t wait to see the film of the day from  – old softie that I am, I suspect it may bring a tear to the eye!

PB Young plankers

A number of you have asked : what’s next?!? It depends on the bugger-of-a-virus but I’m hoping to be able to announce news about something even bigger and crazier in a few months’ time.

In the meantime – please stay safe and stay active.

As the UK’s NHS says, exercise is the miracle cure we’ve all been waiting for. It can substantially reduce your risk of heart disease, strokes, cancer, depression and dementia. And it’ll help reduce your chances of obesity and diabetes – two of the key factors in COVID 19 outcomes.

It just remains for me to say a personal thank you those who helped me organise the PB Challenge around the world  : Luke and Gail

PB Luke, Gail, Rays

Noela and everyone in Cameroon.

PB Cameroon

Ghia and the Bedayati team in Lebanon.

PB Lebanon

Pie and friends in Burkina Faso (the man on the right – Dabire Jean Francois – is a former winner of the Ouaga 10k)

PB BF 2

Josh and the hashers in Ghana.

PB Ghana

My family in London who put up with my constant talking, planning and training for my various challenges (top). My sister and her extended family in the US.

PB Peep

PB Shoobie and friends

PB Tomba & fam (2)

My father and brother in Frome.

PB BD

Danie our brilliant film maker.

PB Danie

Paul and the staff at the Parliament Hill track.

PB Parl Hill track

Thanks everyone – let’s do it again!

About Run the World

I'm running 10 km in every country in the world - a total of 205 countries - by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I'm doing the Run the World challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the death of my mother from cancer. If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research - https://www.justgiving.com/Dan-Thompson11/ - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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