BC: Rachael Drew D'Antonio 1969-2010
FC: 7 marathons in 7 days | in memory of Rachael Drew | THE WAINWRIGHT WAY
1: Imagine running a marathon. Imagine running it with a rucksack, up and down some of the most mountainous terrain in the United Kingdom. Now imagine doing that 7 days in a row, in rain, wind, fog and quite possibly snow. It's the stuff of nightmares. You'd have to be doing it for a jolly good reason!
2: The sponsorship and the planning,the organising and the buying ,and last but not least the training,were done. | Tim Betts and Iain Rock. wainwrightrunners
3: Dipping their toes in the water at St Bees they had their first experience of the weather to come
4: Wet within minute on the first night, there was a change in clothing choice.
6: May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.Be safe,and come home to me my love.c x
7: Iain's leg started hurting within hours of the start
8: day 1.They went North along the coast and then inland towards Ennerdale
10: The end of the day showed them the challenges of Loft Beck | "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of knowledge,not a lack of strength but rather a lack of will" R.B
11: Loft Beck
12: Day 1. St Bees to Rosthwaite. 30.5 miles Terrain: Slippery, steep, muddy, wet, treacherous Time spent raining 95%. Time spent in sunshine 0% Good God, it’s wet in the Lake District! Set off from St Bees in the driving rain and it continued like that for hours A steep climb in the howling wind away from the beach then a run across to the first major hill, Dent, the gateway to the Lakes. When there weren’t slippy, loose stones underneath the ground was wet and boggy. My feet have been underwater for most of the trip! We picked our way along the shores of Ennerdale Lake, wading through streams, eventually passing Haystacks hidden somewhere in the mist and cloud. Apparently the Lake District is beautiful .... if you can see it through the fog. The last and greatest challenge was the incredible steep climb up Loft Beck. Going down the other side was no picnic either. The downhill is so steep it saps your energy just trying not to race out of control. Finally got in to Rosthwaite at 18:00, 9 hours after we left St Bees. That sounds like a long time to run 30 miles but the terrain is so challenging that in many places you just climb, slip, stagger, trip, squelch, wade and haul yourself up. Survived on Mars Bars, Bountys, nuts, Fruesli bars, Nik Naks, Twix, dried fruit, Baby bels and a pepperami. Slap up roast beef dinner this evening. 30 down, 160 to go!
13: Sun, 19/9/10 he came, he saw and he conquered!very best of luck to you - hope it goes really well and that the knee holds up all the best,Guy Poor Iain .I hope it has not been too bad today and he is nearly at the end of his first day and the knee has held out for one day. Well done you for getting through day one and thinking of you all this week, keep going lol Chippy and Paulaxx Perfect running weather, now just get on with it!!! Really good luck and hope the first day has been a breeze.Cheers Chippy & Paula Hi Clare just got this photo - looks grim! Lol chris Iain was ok after the first 30.5 miles.His leg is painful but the rest of him feels ok,apparently the shoes were soaked within an hour!Tomorrow he should have the delights of Helvellyn and the shortest run of 17miles.I think their main problem is drying facilities at present,but they have a bath, food and a bed. Clare So glad to hear he is mostly OK. I hope his leg doesn't get too much worse. Thinking of him each day. And you! Lots of love, Karina xxx
14: day 2 | The lakes at their most ridiculous! | Day 2
15: Lining Crag
16: "There is no substitute for desire.It can make a mediocre athlete into a good one... | and a good one into a great one" R.B. | Helm crag
17: Grisedale Tarn | Helm Crag | The decent to Grasmere was hard
18: Day 2. Rosthwaite to Patterdale. 16 miles Terrain: Steep, really steep, ridiculously steep. Not a flat bit of ground to be found Time spent raining 40%. Time spent in sunshine 0.05% This was meant to be the easiest day. On paper a mere 16 miles - if only we’d been walking on ground as flat as paper. Whoever called this the Lake District wasn’t being fair. Yes, there are a few lakes, but really it should be called the stupidly hilly district. In fact, hills sound far too pleasant, which is presumable why all the peaks are called “crag” or “pike”, a far more appropriate term which conjures up accurate images of treacherously wet and slip rock-strewn paths snaking up and down from the summit. It’s impossible to tell streams and paths apart. There’s only one thing harder than climbing a steep incline – it’s descending it, fighting to try and keep control and not slip or reach a speed when it becomes impossible to stop. Today we climbed out of Rosthwaite through the mist and rain, ascending continuously for 3 miles up to the top of Lining Crag. We then descended through the bogs before foolishly deciding to take the higher, scenic detour over Calf Crag and Helm Crag, adding only an extra mile or two but at least an extra 90 minutes to the day. We were buzzed by low flying RAF jets as we struggled down to Grasmere, only to turn 90 degrees and start climbing again all the way up to Grisedale Tarn. At last there was a chance to have a couple of miles of reasonably safe running through the valley, gently following thewinding path down to Patterdale. As we arrived we finally caught a few minutes of sunshine. Had a very therapeutic sports massage (thanks Dave of the Muscle Clinic) and a huge starchy meal at the White Lion. Will need to start really early tomorrow as we will be climbing to the highest point of the whole coast to coast route, Kidsty Pike.
19: Just a quickie to let you know we've arrived (17:00) after a gruelling day of mountaineering.No phone reception but there is very slow internet accessWe've got a massage from 18:30-20:00 then off to the pub for supper. I guess that means we won't get a chance to Skype until after supper (21:30?) as I assume you won't be back from work before 18:30.Will be blogging later!!!!Tim & IainXXXXX ClareDay2 Was hoping to have more news.Again no mobile reception.They emailed to say they had arrived back at 5pm,don't know what it was like or how they are.I did talk to the sports massage guy who was going to pick them up from the b+b,so at least they've had some therapy!attached are some photos of yesterday.C x Thanks Clare - it looks very arduous - their feet are definitely going to be very sore at end of this.Anyway two down and the third today - how many miles?Mel ok so this is not my idea of fun....what super heroes they are. I think you should get him an all in one superman outfit, with cape included so he can run in it on the last day.......photos will obviously be compulsory..... Ex
20: Kidsty Pike | Angle Tarn
21: Descending to Hawswater
22: Shap Abbey
23: Oddendale Moor after crossing the M6
24: Day 3. Patterdale to Orton. 25 miles Terrain: Varied – A huge, cloud covered peak, a lakeside path, meadows and moorland Time spent raining 5%. Time spent in sunshine 20% - looking up! Woke at 06:45 and couldn’t see anything due to the low cloud and mist. Left at 08:15 and climbed for what seemed like forever up into the heavens – Angle Tarn, Satura Crag and The Knott, before summiting Kidsty Pike. 5 miles of constant uphill which took 2 hours of pain. Only got there thanks to the iPhone’s GPS as visibility was down to 20 metres. The wind was howling at the top then bizarrely the cloud broke, the sun shone and the wind died as soon as we went over the ridge and descended to Haweswater. Injury check!!!Hours of steep downhill descending have taken their toll and something has happened to my left knee. Excruciating pain on walking down steep hills but miraculously no pain when running on the flat or uphill. Getting down from Kidsty Pike was a nightmare but as that’s the last mountain for a while I’m free to run. Iain’sknee is beyond recovery and he’s now powerwalking (or powerhopping) the whole way. We had hoped the long route around the shore of Haweswater would be a pleasant jog but it soon became clear that it was just as rocky and undulating as a Cornish coastal path. We then left the Lakes behind and discovered green fields and proper, earthy mud – none of the wet boggy stuff they have in the Lakes. Also discoverred a new phenomenon - signposts! Here the C2C is actually marked, which is a god thing as the GPS battery conked out from overuse. Passed a few landmarks including the ruined abbey and the hideous cement factory at Shap and crossed the M6 onto Oddendale Moor before arriving at Scar Side Farm in Orton. Tea and cakes follwed by the largest chilli ever seen - plus rice, plus chips. Best energy snack of the day ... Spare rib flavoured Nik Naks! Trainers now so smelly they have to be left outside in a separate building. Surprisingly we have not run out of conversation yet. iPod usage = 0 hours, 0 minutes.
25: Day3Have spoken to Iain today,Weather has improved and sun is shining.They are in good spirits as its starting to become a bit flatter.They both ache and their knees are shot to pieces.I have some photos of yesterday to attach. Clare x Go Iain - great work - love from all the Sweetings Hiya and looks much better out there and really glad the weather has picked up but feel for him with the old knees and hope the sports massage guy works some magic, well done, you are half way through the week so keep going, lol Paula and chippyxx Thankyou ... for keeping us all in touch with Iain's progress. It was lovely to see the photos you sent today, and great to see Iain smiling - he really does look in good spirits. Nearly half way there now! See you at school Clare, lots of love Hattie Amazing photos! They are almost rock climbing! It looks incredibly beautiful, but almost impossible to run over. Thank goodness it is becoming flatter for them. Loads of love, Karina xxx Wow, amazing the terrain that Iain is running over. Wish him all the best. Glad I’m not doing that at the moment! Good on him! James :-) x
26: Half way
27: 32miles today,Iain in a lot of pain,ilio-tibial band injury in his right leg worse than ever.Tim and Iain have had to separate to go at their own paces.They are conserving iphone battery strength for navigation,so I think its pretty lonely. Clare x thanks for the updates and photos tell the boys that i wish i was with them,rather than sitting in surgery. my admiration knows no bounds- i know just how hard this is for them. keep it going - presumably he's got his ITB stretching manual to hand.with love Paul Giving new meaning to the phrase '''eeh but......Its grim up north' Jeremy Over half way! My heart goes out to you Clare. I look at those photos and want to get in my car and go and give him some soup or something, so it must be very hard for you. I'm full of admiration.XXX Louise Thinking of him and you. Tell him he must stop if he is at risk of injuring himself permanently (although if he's anything like James he won't listen!). All he's done so far is more than worth the sponsorship he has raised. Kx I'm worried - god knows what you are...Hattie x Amazing how well he is coping really considering his injury, I reckon most people would have used that as an excuse to give up but not Iain. Looks beautiful yet horrible all at the same time... I hope you are not too anxious, from what I know of Iain he will pull through. Probably need a keg of beer waiting for him at the finish though. Regards Bobby Clare we think Iain is a hero,do hope his leg holds out and that he can finish his tremendous venture Margaret and Derrick x
28: Iain's feet have become horribly blistered
29: Day 4. Orton to Low Row. An exhausting 35 miles Terrain: smaller hills, bogs, moorland and the riverside tracks and meadows of Swaledale Time spent raining 5%. Time spent in sunshine 70% Tried a different approach today. Iain’s knee prevents him running so he was up at 06:30 and out the door powerlimping at 07:30. I faffed about and eventually left at 09:00, ready for a day’s running. Completely different terrain – bleak moorland, hills and dales. Quiet solitude (or lonely desolation depending on your frame of mind). With no landmarks plenty of opportunity to get lost. I caught a fantastic view of a viaduct before Kirkby Stephen, assumed Wainwright would have gone that way and ran 2 miles before I realised I was way off course. Then tripped and fell 10 feet down the steep bank leading into the gorge .... not something to do when you’re on your own. Plotted a new route and eventually caught up with Iain at Kirkby Stephen. We crossed the official half way point at 13:00 then walked over the Pennines. I left Iain for a couple of hours to run up to the Nine Standards Rigg and back. These 9 mysterious cairns are perched on a windswept ridge with fantastic views for miles around. From this eerie place I was interviewed over the phone on BBC Radio Oxford! I caught back up with Iain as we crossed from Cumbria to North Yorkshire. Here the ground became ridiculously boggy with no sign of a path. Rescued by the iPhone GPS again, although no mobile phone signal for hours. Injury update: Iain now has the two largest blisters on each heel I’ve ever seen, courtesy of miles of limping along with wet feet.It became apparent that it was going to be a very long day so I left Iain about 10 miles out to selflessly run to the B&B in Low Row to make sure the physio who was booked for 6pm stayed late enough for our sports massage and we could make last food orders in the pub. After a heroic effort I arrived at 18:30 and with great reluctance consented to having my legs rubbed whilst Iain trudged on slowly through the dark, getting in at 20:15. Teamwork .... that’s what it’s all about! Number of mini Mars eaten today = 8 (plus 2 mini Bountys, 4 mini Twixes and 2 mini Snickers and an assortment of savoury snacks Shoes beyond help – banished to the coal shed Muscles – feeling the strain
31: Iain got in at 8.15 tonight,using a headtorch.Todays 32miles took 12.5 hrs.The knee is just as bad and is limiting his speed.Unfortunately 2 days of running in rain at the beginning has given him blisters all over his feet which is making it even tougher. I cant believe he can still laugh about the delights of the cold shower at the end of such a day. Clare x Confirmed lunatic! Guessing he will need loads of TLC when he gets back!!Jason Go Iain - fantastic work - unbelievable. Like the humour in the photos...love from the Sweetings Poor Iain! I bet he'll enjoy a hot bath and a week in front of the TV not moving a muscle when he gets back!!!Regards,Deborah Ginja Oh my goodness this is some challenge.I tried to ring last night but you were engaged - you are probably being bombarded with calls.Obviously this is physically hurting but how is he mentally?And how are you......the end is in sight........keep us posted everyone in my office is also now awaiting daily updates!much love Mel x Wow what a star he is and you must have been so relieved that he made it, but what a long day for him and he is going to be so shattered by the end of all of this, feel for him so much with the knee and for you too not being able to regularly make contact with him. It is Thursday I can imagine it has been a long week but so nearly there, well done you and send him our love when you speak to him, big kiss Paula and Chippyxx What an amazing achievement to have got so far - at least Iain is well passed the half way mark! Hope the knee is not too problematic today. All good wishes. Norma Newman
32: Iain is god(I felt he deserved the promotion for laughing in the shower)Peter Quite. Just imagine how good it will be for him to have a warm shower at home at the end! And to go to sleep knowing that he doesn't have to run *another* marathon over impossible ground the next day.Kx Nah, he wont want a warm shower ever again. Plus, he will pine for the hillsPeter The weather is conspiring against you to make the task twice as difficult as it should be.You are showing the best of possible stoicism by smiling in the face of adversity and completing your task with true grit and determination, which is of so typical of you. Seeing the photographs of you brings tears of pride and love into the eyes of Mom and me.We could not be more proud of you. All our love Mom & Dad
33: Coming in late last night Iain was bitten by a snake.The leg swelled and became very painful. | Day 5 | "No matter how much you suffer,there are thousands of others who suffer as much, if not more" R.B.
34: They stopped in Richmond for food,plasters and fucibet.
35: Day 5. Low Row to Danby Wiske. A shattering 30 miles Terrain: The Yorkshire Dales – tarmac, paths along the River Swale, mud Time spent raining 10%. Time spent in sunshine 60% Woke up feeling drained and with stiff muscles for the first time. The strain is beginning to show so this will be a short entry. Although it was raining at 7 am the sun was out by 8 am when we set off, making Swaledale look radiant and beautiful. The thing is, you can only look at a thing of beauty for so long before it becomes slightly monotonous and that was today’s problem (although I dare say painful muscles and hypoglycaemia don’t help). We started in high spirits though and limped on to Richmond. Saw a real live wild feret on the way and had to rapidly climb a stone wall to avoid an escaped herd of cows led by a mean looking bull. In Richmond there are two vital resources for the coast to coast endurance athlete – a Boots for blister plasters and next door a Greggs for a pasty. Heaven! Injury update: To add to world record breaking blisters Iain has been bitten by something – his shin is red, swollen and painful. We think it may have been an adder when crossing the Pennines. After Richmond the scenery deteriorated – sewage works, major A roads and muddy fields. Then it started raining. I can no longer run properly but have developed a strange waddling gait. No massage tonight which is nearly enough to make one weep. Food highlight: A sausage, cheese and bean pasty followed by a Belgian bun. A good fish pie tonight. Thought for the evening – just got to get through another 60miles ......
36: Day5 Now for us at home we are thinking 5 down,only 2 to go....They are exhausted and low in spirits after the monotony of flat fields of the dales. Again they came in after dark,Iain is saying that it is a struggle to contemplate one more day let alone 2!Onward and upward into the dales tomorrow unfortunately the weather has set in and it is once again pouring with rain.No photos tonight,they are too tired to send.Clare x Keep your end up. Push on through, what an effort!! Jeremy Poor Iain. I hope they find the strength to keep going.Regards,Deborah Heh you and keep your chin up, it is really hard for you all I am sure, but he has so nearly done it and he is a tough cookie and will not give up as he can see the light in the distance getting stronger, just a shame that the weather is making it so much harder. Big hug to you all and thinking of you, take care lol Paulaxx Oh they are bloody marvellous. I cannot imagine much worse. Look forward to seeing you both soon for big drink to celebrate finishing. Lol emma xx
37: Day 6 | "Success is not final,failure is not fatal:it is the courage to continue that counts" R.B.
38: The woods after Engleby Cross and the Cleveland Way
39: Day 6. Danby Wiske to the Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge. 29 miles. Words can’t describe it Terrain: mud, forest, the paved Cleveland Way and the cindertracks along the North Yorkshire Moors Time spent raining 30%. Time spent in sunshine 10%. Gale force winds! No surprise – it’s getting harder to get up every morning. The blister bandaging takes longer and our appetites for breakfast are fading. The first part was flat farmland, in the rain, slipping and skidding through mud as we zig-zagged along field borders (if only the path went the straightest route! It rained all the 9 miles to Ingleby Cross. Here we began the last series of major climbs to join the Cleveland Way and the heights of the North York moors. Iain (a fountain of knowledge, which really helps by day 6 as the conversation is fading – I’m already repeating myself) tells me the Romans built the Cleveland Way high up to march their troops quickly along roads that were too high to attack. The Cleveland Way runs along spectacular ridges that snake across the countryside. Up there we were exposed to some of the strongest winds I’ve ever encountered, funnelled up the steep slopes and knocking us sideways. Thank goodness it was blowing us away from the edge rather than towards! The windchill factor was major, especially as it was a cold north wind, requiring 4 layers and waterproof trousers over the leggings and I was still cold. Should have brought gloves! A huge thanks everyone for the 100s of supportive texts that intermittently came flooding through as we went in and out of mobile reception. They were real morale boosters, just when we needed it. Sorry I couldn’t reply – fatigue, numb hands and low batteries were all to blame. Despite my sore, stiff muscles and joints at least I haven’t had to cope with the pain that Iain has been subjected to mile after mile. His courage, determination and sheer bloodymindedness have taken him to places where mere mortals could not go. There is no way I can put into words the feat he has accomplished this week – he even manages to turn his grimace into a smile for the photos. Miles and miles of Cleveland Way followed, over a section called the Rollercoaster, with steep ascents, ridge traverses and plunging descents. The whole route is paved or cobbled and would make a fantastic days walk if you didn’t aready have 130 miles under your belt. All the Lake District pains and injuries have resurfaced. We finally joining the grouse moors and cinder tracks that led along Blakey Ridge and the lone, windswept but very welcoming Lion Inn. Last 30 miles tomorrow. We know we can make it now, even if we have to crawl. It’ll be painful but can’t wait to put our toes in the sea at Robin Hoods Bay.
40: The Cleveland Way
41: I am going to copy Tim's blog tonight which brought tears to my eyes. Cx It brought tears to my eyes too. I have texted Iain for support. Love you all very much, Karina xx . Dear Iain God only knows how you have done it. But by tonight you will have achieved a near miracle. Your inner resolve is unbeatable. We have always known it. But we are biased. All our love to the bravest and finest son any parent could have. Mom & Dad Huge Cheers to you both Nearly there - WELL DONE! love The Cunninghams x Thank you so much for sending on- such an extraordinary, super-human effort. And what stories to tell his grandchildren “ I remember when I ran for a week...”!Just like the Heinz soup ad of old!! Love Jacquie Oh my god, thats just amazing, it brought tears to my eyes too. I guess they have finished now, or are near to it. What a mind boggling achievement. Well done Iain, I am in awe. Julie xxx
43: The food was getting very boring
45: They could see it!Iain could see the sea,Tim could see the sea. They checked the signpost... Yes,they were nearly there! Time for some medicine from Mel and Richard to help them through the last push.
46: And finally they were there in Robin Hood's Bay
47: "Some people want it to happen,some wish it would happen,others make it happen" R.B.
48: Day 7. Blakey ridge to Robin Hoods Bay. 24 miles Terrain – hilly up until the last moment, v windy20% rain, 1% sun The last day. Apologies for posting this 24 hours late but euphoria at finishing and seeing my family (and a bottle of champagne) dramatically altered my Saturday evening priorities Blakey Ridge is the bleakest, most barren area ever seen. There was a strong, chill Northerly wind blowing when we left. Iain set of an hour earlier, but after realising he was going in the wrong direction after half a mile, turning round and getting back to the pub, his lead was down to 30 minutes. There’s a man who always goes the extra mile! The ground was good – flat tarmac right up on the top but after running 4 miles in a long horseshoe curve around the ridge the Lion Inn was still clearly visible, a morale sapping sight. The relentless bitter wind penetrated 4 layers of clothing, making me regret the lack of gloves. Although there is a strange lonesome, melancholy beauty to the moors it’s not a place to go to feel happy. No wonder it's the setting for unrequited love and tragedy. We finally descended to Glaisdale to find a village shop with sausage rolls and a pork pie (the food of champions). We then trudged through muddy woods following the river and the railway line, passing the steam engines at Grosmont. We were then forced to ride another rollercoaster up and down the hills heading directly east. The cold wind and rain kept buffeting us sideways and whenever we felt we were nearly back to civilization the route threw up another short stretch of boggy moor or 33% gradient. Conversation became pretty desperate .... you know you’re in trouble when you have a 10 minute debate on what flavour crisp you would have if only one was allowed for the rest of your life! The excitement grew and suddenly we could see the sea. Nearly there? No – that was Whitby – Robin Hoods Bay was still another 8 miles to go. It was only a matter of time until we crested a hill and there was a clear view down to the finish line, 2 miles away. Suddenly the legs were fresh, the joints loose and the pain a distant memory. We crossed a couple of fields and before we knew it we were at the slipway in Robin Hoods Bay with a huge crowd waiting. Not all for us – being a Saturday there were groups of walker turning up every 10 minutes, but none who had done the whole route in 7 days! The most welcoming site of all was seeing Mags and the children, champagne in hand. We raised a glass with our feet soaked by the huge North Sea waves rolling up the slipway. The euphoria and relief were overwhelming. I can’t believe it’s all over and suddenly the whole week seemed like an amazing, lifetime achievement rather than a gruelling ordeal! All our goals have been achieved, for worthwhile causes close to our hearts. We couldn’t have done it without the massive support from our wives, families, our kind hosts at the B&Bs and our multitude of sponsors!!!!!
49: They are in and safe. Their journey has taken them across the country,up and down precipitous peaks,through bogs,across limestone pavements and then through the harrowing winds of the Dales.Their challenge is complete and the journey of a lifetime at an end. Thank you to all of you for your donations and your support over the last few months,you have all been wonderful. Clare x That is fantastic news, you must be so relieved. The blog from his friend was a tear jerker, that's for sure. I hope Iain is not in too much pain. I bet you and the children can't wait to see him.Marcia Xx Clare - what a fantastic and heroic effort!! hope he is in one piece. Love ,Geoff & Emma xxxx Fab, well done to you bothxxxxxxxxxxx Sarah WELL DONE ,must have been agony, not just for Iain but also Clare just waiting for news, If I was still SP I would insist on Iain taking a week off as a reward for his supreme effort. I'm sure that he will stick to golf now,at least it's just a short walk by his standards ! Love Derrick & Margaret . congratulations. we have enjoyed receiving your reports.sleep well. with love brenda and barry. Wonderful news - Iain, not forgetting the support you and the children have provided, has inspired and uplifted us all to hopefully do something adventurous in the future, but maybe...uh...not quite so precarious! Regards and I hope his landing was soft....lol Bobby lots of love and HUGE CONGRATULATIONS The Cunninghams x What a fantastic achievement, time for rest and recuperation. Best wishes. Nick Fantastic - brilliantly done - please send our congratulations and love - Nick, Jules and the boys
50: Tell Iain we think what he did was awesome.Love A The relief is immense - what it must be like for you I just don't know, and for Iain and Tim, I will never be able to comprehend. Well done all of you | Pass on our congratulations to Iain – we have been reading the daily updates and wincing at the obvious pain they have put themselves through He should relax and focus on pies and beer from now until Christmas!James and Sheila Well done ! I have been following progress through Clare’s emails. A great achievement ! Suppose I should now challenge you to golf with your feet in the state they are as probably my only chance of beating you !Charlie Carter What a relief for you and, of course, the superhuman one! Fantastic effort. Incredible endurance. Mind over matter. You must all feel such pride in such an achievement and such a fitting tribute to your friend.Rosemary x Glad that the epic ordeal is safely over. Please give our love and congratulations to Iain and tell him that we admire his courage, grit and endurance to complete the feat. Bravo!!! Love to you allDad and Dawn XXXXX We are all so glad that Iain is safely back, and hope that he is not too drained mentally and physically that he can't savour the achievement.We are proud to be his friend and hope to hear all about his adventures when he is up to it.We wish him a speedy recovery and a happy birthday for Tuesday.Enjoy your well-deserved rest, Iain. Well done what a tremendous achievement, now enjoy a well earned rest! Love and best wishes. Keith & Jenny
51: What an absolutely amazing achievement - words are not enough - well done Iain - Clare too - I am sure you 'walked' every mile with Iain. Kind regards Norma massive congratulations on a truly heroic task, well done. Do you need a doctor? Jeremy Thank goodness for that. I felt worried about him all of last week, so goodness knows what you must have been going through.Karina xxx absolutely fantastic performance chaps. heroic ,hardcore,ahedonistic. the pain will fade,but the memories most certainly won't. well done Paul and erin Hello CT......Good heavens ........What an ordeal I can't believe how brave he has been, am full of admiration .Rachael would have been so proud of him and humbled that he did it for her. I hope in a few days time he will begin to feel something like normal again. Love to you all Mariann x