by Team YOTY

When we started Year of the Yes, one of the very first things we did was sign-up to a triathlon.  You see, Year of the Yes is about a whole lot of things. It is about spending time with your loved ones, having fun and trying new things. But it is also about pushing your comfort zones. And that’s where the challenges come in…usually of the athletic kind.

When we see others saying yes to a new challenge, we can feel their pain but we can also feel their determination and passion for doing something for a worthy cause.

So, if you are looking for challenge inspiration, here is something pretty incredible: A Thames running relay. That’s 180 miles worth of running between a team of six, throughout the night. Each person will run in stints of 5 or 6 miles, before handing the next leg over to another team member.

It isn’t just anyone doing the challenge though, it is one of our very own Mr Year of the Yeses… Christina’s fiance Miles.

We all say yes for different reasons and different causes and Miles and his friends Toby, Jon, Sam and George are saying yes to this incredible challenge to raise money for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, a cause very close to all of our hearts.

the cause

In August 2007 Miles received third degree burns to 13% of his torso when a ride-on mower that he was on rolled over while he was greens keeping at a golf club in Northamptonshire and he became trapped underneath the engine.

He was treated at the scene by the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, who then transported him by helicopter for further treatment in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

After 7 weeks in hospital and 2 skin grafts, he was well on the road to recovery. And much of this is thanks to the Air Ambluance.

The thing is, the Air Ambulance service in England receives no government funding. Which is why fundraising and donations is so important. This is Miles, and his friends, incredible way of giving back…

Pushing your comfort zone, A Thames Running Relay challenge, via Year of the Yes

the challenge

The team set off at 5am this morning from the source of the Thames near Cirencester. Yep, they are running as we speak. The route will take them through Oxford, Reading, Slough, all the way to the Thames Barrier in Greenwich, London. At any one time one them will be running the route sticking as close to the Thames as practically possible.

So as well as being inspired by their escapes, if you can afford to please take the time to sponsor their efforts. Every penny will help to encourage them on as they battle fatigue, achy muscles and the elements to get to the finish line.

make this one of your challenges

If you are inspired by this to push your comfort zone and take on a new challenge, you can check out our other posts about challenges for more ideas (warning: they mainly involve running, but we would love you to come back and tell us about a different challenge you have taken on).

Pushing your comfort zone, A Thames Running Relay challenge, via Year of the Yes

And because I can’t help myself, here is the sponsorship link again. It’s for such a worthy cause.


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Emma loves sunshine and flip flops, prosecco, chocolatey treats, things that sparkle, trips to the beach, reading and blogging.

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