FROGLE: Farnham Runners run from John O’Groats to Land’s End, and raise over £5,500


FROGLE team in front of Land's End finger postA group of intrepid Farnham Runners successfully completed its FROGLE challenge (Farnham Runners O’Groats to Land’s End), running nearly 900 miles in nine days and raising over £5,500 for local charity Phyllis Tuckwell, and national charity the Alzheimer’s Society.

The core team of 11, joined daily by a guest runner, covered approximately 100 miles a day as a relay. Starting at 6am and finishing around 10pm, the runner was always accompanied by a cyclist and support van.

The team also managed to undertake the extra challenge of completing two parkruns along the way – at Inverness and Lanhydrock, Bodmin – just for fun!

Cyra Parkes, who put the challenge to Farnham Runners last year, comments:

“Nearly 900 miles of blisters, sweat and tears – it has been a massive challenge, on many levels, but it was a fantastic adventure and – most importantly – we’ve raised over £5,500 for our charities”

Cyra continues:

“This challenge really reflects the ethos of Farnham Runners – a combination of running, adventure and just a little bit of madness! It was really tough, but some members of the team are already inspired to do the next challenge – which is looking like over 800 miles around Iceland, top and tailed by Reykjavik parkrun and Reykjavik marathon in 2017.

The FROGLE team would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated, Farnham-based Four Points Assistance who sponsored us, loved ones who met up with us along the way and those who supported us with various bits of equipment and messages of encouragement.”

About the FROGLE challenge

Main photo above:

The FROGLE team at Land’s End
Back row L to R: Rob Gilchrist, Cyra Parkes,
Middle row L to R: Paul Day, Ian Calder, Terry Steadman, Peter Chapman, Sarah Hill, Sarah Marjoram, Jacquie Browne, Georgi Robinson-Welch, James Musgrave
Front row L to R: Phil Masters, Ian Carley

Further photos:

Team pointing at John O'Groats finger post

FROGLE team at John O’Groats

Group standing in front of Farnham Runners and Parkrun flags at Inverness parkrun

Farnham Runners at Inverness parkrun

Support cyclist on road following runner through Scottish scenery

Peter Chapman running through Scottish Highlands with Stu Williamson on bike

Ian Carley at roadside playing guitar and singing whilst Cyra Parks sits on rock in front

Singing and fundraising by Loch Ness

Runner on road approaching sign to Penrith

Rob Gilchrist heads through the Lake District

Richard Sheppard holding bike standing beside Cyra Parkes and Ian Calder

Farnham Runners Chairman Richard Sheppard joins runners Cyra Parkes and Ian Calder in Bristol

Group in front of Farnham Runners flag at Bodmin parkrun

Farnham Runners team at Lanhydrock (Bodmin) parkrun

Five members of team sitting eating pasties in front of Philps Pasties sign

The team enjoying pasties in Cornwall

Runner on road approaching Redruth town sign

Ian Carley enters Redruth, Cornwall

Runners approaching buildings at Land's End

The team run the final mile to Land’s End together

Ian Carley and Richard Sheppherd with Farnham Runners flag at Lands End

Ian Carley and Chairman Richard Sheppard at Land’s End