59 year old George Moss has recently walked the 100 kilometre Jurassic Coast Challenge in memory of his father who sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer. George finished the challenge in 65th place out of the 876 who took on the challenge.
The Jurassic Coast Challenge is 63 miles of walking, jogging or running along the south coast of the UK. Participants can enjoy some stunning views of the Dorset coastline and famous landmarks between Bournemouth and Bridport while taking on steep inclines and plenty of hills along the way. This really is a challenging route even for the experienced professionals but a challenge that rewards with an unbelievable sense of achievement.
George prepared for taking on the coastline by regularly walking the south downs throughout the year and even though the first part of the route was a “brutal” hill profile, George amazingly jogged the final 2.5 miles of “the toughest challenge to date”!
“The walk itself, whilst in staggering scenery, was tough just owing to the heat as it was a scorching day. Being competitive as I am…… I jogged the last 2.5 miles so I would beat my previous best time over this distance! (beat it by 25 minutes albeit this was the toughest by far)”
Of the 876 starters, there were 256 who withdrew from the event after the first hill climb, there were 620 finishers and George placed an incredibly proud 65th place.
“The event has elite runners and joggers and I, as a walker, finished amongst the runners and joggers as they were not good at the brutal hills and I kept overtaking a lot of them on the uphill climbs along the way.
I pride myself on my hill-work and on this event got the “all-time record” for separate 3 hill sections on Strava! Very pleased.
To give you an idea of how brutal the event was with the hills, the elite runners usually come in with a time of 9+ hrs and on this event, the first runner recorded a time of over 11 hours”
Here are the stats from George’s walk:
- Number of starters: 876
- Number of finishers: 620
- Number of withdrawals during the event: 256
- My position: 65th out of 876 (completed in top 7% including ultra runners and joggers)
- Total distance: 62.64 miles
- Time: 19Hrs 47m
- The total elevation gain: 6894 ft (Ben Nevis is only 4400tf)
- Calorie burn: 6,900 calories
- Total steps: 121,000 steps
- Finish time: 02:19am Sunday
We’d like to say a huge thank you to George who has raised an incredible £1320 so far and is aiming to reach his target of £1500 from this event.
Keep up the inspiring work George, we’re behind you all the way!