As close to home as I’m going to get on this global adventure, with a run across Europe taking on 2,696 miles. We began on 2nd August and took a total of 42 days, finishing on 12 September.
I finished with the 2nd highest mileage for the team with 346.15 miles and 148th for the region (at time of checking)
That’s 10 of the 12 regions ticked off and over 26,466 of 30,204 miles covered. We are currently averaging 66.14 miles per day, putting our completion days at 457 (rounded up), well within the silver buckle target of 486 days.
A return to the longer regions as we trekked across the Stans for a total of 2,319 miles. Starting on 29th June we took a total of 35 days, finishing on 2nd August (after accidentally finishing mid-July with a typo that had to be corrected).
Now that my ultra is over and I’m back into marathon training, I finished 7th in the team with 234.09 miles, placing me 294th in the region and the team in 29th.
That’s 9 of the 12 regions ticked off and over 22,770 of 30,204 miles covered. We are currently averaging 66.38 miles per day, putting our completion days at 455, well within the silver buckle target of 486 days.
Another short region, travelling across the Indian subcontinent, and with the late addition of a teammate’s husband (as we only started the region with 9 members) we finished the 1,661 miles in 24 days, starting on 6th June and finishing on 29th June.
Once again I logged the most miles for the team, but once my big race is out of the way this weekend that won’t be the case, so I enjoyed top spot with 255.4 miles, placing me 66th overall for the region (at time of writing). The team finished in 49th place.
That’s 8 of the 12 regions ticked off and over 20,451 of 30,204 miles covered. We are currently averaging 66.39 miles per day, putting our completion days at 455, well within the silver buckle target of 486 days.
A lovely short region this one, travelling 1,989 miles up from Singapore to Bangladesh that we started on 9th May and finished on 6th June, a total of 29 days.
I was top logger of miles for the team again this region, totalling 322.98 miles, putting me 52nd for the region at time of finishing, and the team 28th.
As a team we have now completed 7 regions (of 12) racking up a total of 18,790 miles in 284 days. Our average miles per day is now 66.16, putting us on target to complete all 12 regions within 457 days, well within the 486 day target for a silver buckle.
A shortish region this one and team This Is The Way managed to complete the 2,088 miles across the islands of Indonesia in a total of 32 days, starting on 8th April and finishing on 9th May.
We did overshoot the target number of miles due to not keeping on top of logging miles daily (especially towards the end) which is a shame as more miles could have been counted towards the next region which travels North through Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar.
I logged the most miles for the team again with 366.63 miles, which put me (at time of completion) 43rd individual highest mileage for the region. The team was 19th with the overshoot.
We have now completed 6 regions (halfway in terms of region count) racking up 16,801 miles (over halfway in distance) in 255 days. Still on target for a sub-16 month completion time and that silver buckle.
Team This is the way has left the island of Australia behind, after a 2,638 mile trek from Tasmania up to Darwin.
We had started region 5 on 28th February, and finishing on 8th April means it took us a total of 40 days, averaging 65.95 miles per day as a team.
I managed to log the most miles for the team in this region with 421.77, putting me in 54th place for the region at time of finishing, and the team in 29th place with a little overrun (but this all changes as other teams and individuals finish).
We have now completed 5 regions (14,713 miles) in a total of 223 days, averaging just under 66 miles per day. The total 30,208 miles of the trip would take us 458 days at that rate, well within the 16 month cut-off for a silver buckle.
Team This is the way is off the frozen wastes of Antarctica and now trekking across Australia! This was the longest region of the circumpolar navigation (and ticking off one of the poles), but we finally completed the 3,296 miles of region 4 yesterday (a little bit over in fact as a few team members had some unlogged days that pushed us over the target).
We had started region 4 on 8th January, and finishing on 28th February means it took us a total of 52 days, averaging 63.38 miles per day as a team.
I managed to log the most miles for the team in this region with 544.79, putting me in 51st place for the region at time of finishing, and the team in 8th place due to the overrun (but this all changes as other teams and individuals finish).
We have now completed 4 regions (12,075 miles) in a total of 183 days, averaging just under 66 miles per day. The total 30,208 miles of the trip would take us 458 days at that rate, well within the 16 month cut-off for a silver buckle (though we did slow down and lose 7 days over this region – aptly due to snow).
Team This is the way is headed for Antarctica! We completed the 3,173 miles of region 3, through Chile and Argentina yesterday, and are now headed for the longest region – a frozen trek across Antarctica (we seem to be having the weather for it).
We had started region 3 on 21st November, and finishing on 8th January means it took us a total of 49 days, averaging 64.75 miles per day as a team.
I managed to log the most miles for the team in this region with 490.3, putting me in 72nd place for the region at time of finishing, and the team in 48th place (but this all changes as other teams and individuals finish).
We have now completed 3 regions (8,779 miles) in a total of 131 days, averaging 67 miles per day. The total 30,208 miles of the trip would take us 451 days at that rate, well within the 16 month cut-off for a silver buckle.
Team This is the way finally made it through Peru last night as I slept (having logged 8 miles in the morning). This completed the 3,094 miles of region 2. We started on 5th October, and finished on 20th November, taking a total of 47 days.
I managed to log 421.21 miles this region, second to Susan who rounded up to a very nice 500. At time of finishing that put the team 48th, and my personal position was 149th (though these all change as other teams complete the region).
We bagged ourselves the lovely trophies below, and I got to kick off region 3 in Chile this morning.
82 days in, and 5,606 miles down. That’s an average of just over 68 miles a day. The 30,208 total miles would take us 444 days at that rate. Perfect for a silver (16 months) buckle).
Team This is the way arrived at Fort Sherman (to board the boat from the mouth of the Panama canal) on 5th October 2020. This completed region 1 of the circumpolar race around the world in a total of 35 days. A little slower than needed for the 12-month gold buckle, but a lot of the team members live in California and had a week to ten days of not being able to run due to the poor air quality from the forest fires.
I managed to complete 305.84 miles over the course of the region (finishing 293rd of 2003 runners), and got to see my teammates start on region 2 in Colombia on the same day we finished (my 8 miles for the day counted towards region 1). A small change in personnel with two runners dropping out having brought us home with their final 16 miles, but another two joining for the next 3,094 miles from Colombia to Peru.