• Tom Crossland

Day 4 - The tribe pulls us through

Barking - Maldon - 56.8 km (2933 km to go)

Start Time - 8.07 am

Finish Time - 5.03 pm

Moving time - 7 hours 30 mins

Starting weight - 81.1 kg

Ending weight - 81.8 kg

Garmin Temperatures

Average - 26 C

Max - 31 C

Min - 21 C

The past day has all been about the support I've (well we've!) had from others, and it's come from many places. It all started with my Aunt and Uncle very kindly putting us up for the night, and cooking up an amazing curry - both Tim and I were fed and housed like royalty, and we turned in early knowing that the day ahead was going to be a monster 56km, one of the longest days of this challenge.

I'll be honest, I didn't sleep well. I don't know whether it was the pain I was starting to feel again in my hip and my knee, the constant need to go to the toilet because I've been hydrating like you wouldn't believe, or the constant worry in my mind that I'm got the really big day ahead of me, with others running with me who I can't let down. Either way, between 11 and 3 I know I didn't get much sleep if any at all.

I ended up having to wake Tim up at about 3 o'clock in the morning to ask for some painkillers, which he grabbed from the van. I didn't know it at the time, but I was going to be falling back on the support of others throughout the coming day.

I don't know whether it was retribution for disturbing his sleep, or just his way of showing me he cares, but Tim dumped me unceremoniously at the start line today and pointed me in the direciton of Uxbridge.

A massive shout out to Deo, who joined me on that first leg, or at least tried to... I didn't make tracking me down easy by going a bit off course, but he wasn't going to let me get away with that and caught up with me at Upminster, where Ellis was also lying in wait. The tribe was building! It got stronger still when Laragh, from the Tribe Freedom Foundation, and Rob joined me at Billericay and we were now running as a team.

There were many times I would have wanted to stop. My body is feeling the effects of this challenge already, but with those guys around me it gave me something I needed - that extrinsic reason to carry on carrying on. It got me thinking a lot about what I've learnt from Neil Thubron on that!

That's just the obvious running stuff, but there's even more still: from the guys we met having a bite to eat in the pub, who gave us some money to put into the pot, to the wonderful people in Maldon who helped Tim clear up a bit of a van spill incident, to the amazing Helen and Arthur, who gave up a not insignificant amount of their own weekend to help me with some physio and help Tim get the van straight... it's the Tribe that pulls us through, and to all of those who have helped behind the scenes too I can't thank you all enough. I'm sure I'll be blogging more about that in the coming days.

We've raised £1000 in the first four days, and I'm celebrating that with a good sleep! But this challenge is only just beginning, and I'm starting to realise how much I'm going to have to rely on the kind help of those around me to build on that success.

Tomorrows plan

Plan for day 5 - 48.4 km Maldon to Hadliegh

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