• Tom Crossland

Days 86 and 87 - The final push and the day after

Windsor - Home 44.4 km (2880.4 km done)

Start Time - 9.30 am

Finish Time - 16.15 pm

Moving time - 5 hours 14 mins

Vertical Gain - 294 m

Garmin Temperatures

Average - 23 C

Min - 20 C

Max - 28 C

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And others that I didn't catch their names sorry

So here it is, the last blog post, well for a little while anyway. Sorry there was not one last night I thought I'd give myself the permission not to write after yesterday. What a day yesterday was! I thought the timings I had set myself to get to the end at the right time were tight and so we all set off at a good pace, drawing ever closer to home. The support I got yesterday was overwhelming, from all the people that came out to run with me, everyone the turned up in Henley to cheer me through and all the friends, family and neighbours that came to the finishing line to celebrate the end. It was just such a relaxed run (apart from my unnecessary worry about timings), I had what can only be describe as magic legs. It was one of those days that I felt like I could run all day. I can only assume this was due to being on home ground and the reduced anxiety of route finding and actually finishing the project. I was still cautious since a twisted ankle would not have been fun. It felt like I had been mentally rehearsing the run from start to finish for so long that it felt almost like deja vu.

I have so many thank yous to make over the next few weeks and I am keen to make those thank yous personally. I worried that if I try to say thank you here I would for some people and there are so many people that have made this project a success. The list includes all the people that have run with me, all the people that opened their houses to us to stay, provided food, sent messages of encouragement, read my blog so that I knew people were out there, my crew, my family, the businesses that supported me by providing products, the people that made yesterday happen and many many more people. This truly was a team effort, I may have been the runner but without all of these people the project would not have succeeded. I may have completed the run but without raising the amount of money I have or the awareness that I have been able to raise. On that note, as of now I have raised about £21,700. Of course I have to say there is still time to donate if you want to.

Today has been pretty surreal, I woke up this morning feeling pretty rough. I did not follow my end of day routine yesterday and, shall we say, partied a little too much. Luckily that was short lived and by mid morning I was feeling tired but much better. I has not felt too strange today, I guess it felt like a rest day. I am sure as the days pass my mood will fluctuate and my mind and body will feel strange. I still have a few things to focus on over the next week as a kind of wind down from the project. I need to sort out the van, after 3 months of living out of the back of the van I am sure there will be some surprises waiting for me in the dark recesses. I also have friends to try and catch up with. I am trying to see the wind down phase as all part of the adventure and something to be experienced with an open mind and heart. I will try to accept what I cannot change and change what I can. I will work to be thoughtful of the impact of me being back home on Bex and her routine.

With that I will now sign off here and say thank you for reading and joining me on this journey. I hope my ramblings have been of interest to you and have in someway bought you enjoyment. Depending on how the next few weeks go, I will try and update you on what the aftermath is like, but you will be pleased to know that will not be a daily update.

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