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From one end to the other

Signpost At John O' Groats
The accepted distance, by road, from John O' Groats to Lands End is 874 miles (1,407km). The straight line distance between the two is actually a 'mere'  603 miles but, since quite a lot of this route is through the Irish sea, which is not exactly conducive to running (and I'm a famously poor swimmer), I decided to stick with the road network for my virtual mission.

If you take Monday 11th March 2019 (when I commenced my Couch to 5k journey) as being the date I set out on my end-to-end odyssey, today I completed the final 10 miles that saw me traverse the full length of the British mainland from one end to the other.

Given the current lockdown restrictions in Scotland meaning I'm supposed to stay within 5km of my home, it's probably just as well that this has been a virtual challenge or I'd probably be in all sorts of trouble (although I could try and claim I was testing my new (at the start) running shoes to see if they fitted me properly as my justification for being so far from home I guess). Another advantage of it being virtual is I get to sleep in my own bed which, again, is handy as it would have been annoying to get there and not have anywhere to stay. Finally, it also means I can take as long as I like on the "return leg" which, I am hoping, will take significantly less time than the outward one.

The drawback is that there aren't any pubs open that I can treat myself to a celebratory pint, but we can't have everything I guess.

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