The plan is pretty simple really. To travel to each of the 15 National Parks in the UK, run 26.2 miles off road, up hills and mountains, over moors and along coasts, whilst exploring and measuring science along the way. All within the 30 days of September.
The planning on the other hand was a lot more involved than we initially thought!
To give us some idea of the logistics that we would need to organise, we set out a preliminary itinerary of when and where each run should take place. Starting in the South, we decided on an order that will hopefully allow our legs, and bodies, to be fully warmed up by the time we hit the mountains of the North! You can view all our planned routes by clicking on the links in the table below.
After deciding the visiting order of the National Parks, we felt confident enough to announce our plans to friends and families. We gauged their reactions and thankfully found a huge amount of encouragement and offers of support for our mad-capped challenge. The next stage was to approach the Education Officers of each National Park, to identify areas of collaboration for new resources and to build on existing ones, with strong scientific links to the curriculum. Again, the response was incredibly supportive, with strong suggestions of research ideas that would suit all parties.
|1st September||Norfolk Broads – Reedham to Norwich||27 miles||View route map for The Norfolk Broads on plotaroute.com|
|3rd September||South Downs||27 miles||View route map for The South Downs on plotaroute.com|
|5th September||New Forest – Lyndhurst to Burley||26 miles||View route map for The New Forest on plotaroute.com|
|7th September||Dartmoor – Dartmeet Circular Route||27 miles||View route map for Dartmoor on plotaroute.com|
|9th September||Exmoor – Combe Martin to Porlock||27 miles||View route map for Exmoor on plotaroute.com|
|11th September||Brecon Beacons – Circular Route||30 miles||View route map for The Brecon Beacons on plotaroute.com|
|13th September||Pembrokeshire – Martins Haven to St David’s||27 miles||View route map for Pembrokeshire on plotaroute.com|
|15th September||Snowdonia – Snowdon Circular Route||27 miles||View route map for Snowdonia on plotaroute.com|
|16th September||Peak District – Hathersage to Chinley||26 miles||View route map for The Peak District on plotaroute.com|
|19th September||Lake District – Coniston Marathon||26 miles||View route map for The Lake District on plotaroute.com|
|20th September||Yorkshire Dales – Yorkshire 3 Peaks||26 miles||View route map for The Yorkshire Dales on plotaroute.com|
|22nd September||North York Moors – Pickering to Gothland||26 miles||View route map for The North York Moors on plotaroute.com|
|24th September||Northumberland – Cheviot Hills||26 miles||View route map for Northumberland on plotaroute.com|
|26th September||Loch Lomond – West Highland Way||26 miles||View route map for Loch Lomond on plotaroute.com|
|28th September||Cairgorms – An-Sqarsoch||26 miles||View route map for The Cairngorms on plotaroute.com|