Glasgow-based Paul Blackler, aka MegaMeterRunner, will complete his 100th 10K run of the year this Sunday (27 November). Or, to put it another way, his millionth metre.
Paul is tackling the challenge to raise money and awareness for community projects with United Purpose(united-purpose.org) in remote and rural parts of The Gambia. 60% of the country's population live below the UN poverty line. His efforts have included a Man vs Hang-glider race and a virtual fun run which saw participants join him from around the world, including America, the UK, Gambia, Portugal and New Zealand.
The challenge hasn't all been plain sailing though. A serious foot infection while in The Gambia required anti-biotic treatment, and a collapsed lung (considered 'not ideal' by Paul) have hampered his efforts.
With the initial target of £2500 nearly doubled thanks to his RBS colleagues, family and friends, Paul hopes the last event will see him over the £5000 line. Fundraising has been just one of the many benefits of the challenge.
Paul explains: “I have enjoyed the running. I have loved the running. Getting back into fitness, fighting the sofa demon, pushing myself, feeling the satisfaction of self improvement, striking PBs and achieving goals.”
Run #100 will start from Glasgow Green McLennan Arch at 9.30am on Sunday, at a 'social pace' up to the Transport Museum and back along the Clyde to finish at the Red Bridge. Runners of all abilities are welcome to join Paul or celebrate afterwards with coffee and cake.
Further details of the MegaMeter Run can be found here or to donate visit Paul’s Just Giving page.