Saturday, 29 October 2011

Great South Run

Here we the night before the Great South Run, I feel so great about tomorrow I have no nerves and I am so excited (I never get this excited about anything anymore) I have done the best training I could do in the time span that I had taking into account the couple of injuries I have had along the way, I am ready for the run and I never in my wildest dreams thought I could be this ready.

My weight this morning was 103.2kg I am the same weight as I have been for the last two months which I am comfortable with as the build up for the run was paramount. If I'm honest I would have loved to have been 15 stone for the run,but that's not meant to be, On the flip side the training went far better than I imagined so these two things even themselves out quite nicely.

My early fitness training started on the x-box fitness way before I thought about the Great South Run and running in general this gave me a better level to start from than doing nothing before the Great South Run, all my training details from the x-box are on earlier blogs so I won't bore you with the details. I will bore you with my running details, I started off on the 14th May 2011 just walking 5 miles then I progressed jogging for one minute then walking then on improving that by using parking meters and lamp post's to increase the jogging, I can now run (important to note slowly) for 47/48 minutes which is just mind blowing in 4 short months. I have gone out training on 38 occasions I have put 181 miles into my legs and built up the stamina to improve my times and I have burnt off 24,693 calories in the process.

I am not going to set a time as I have never experienced running an event like this, my aim remain's the same as when I entered the Great South Run to complete the run for my own personal satisfaction, what I can tell you is that I will know if I did myself justice at the end of the run and the time will make no differance to that, I will tell you how it went and I will as always be honest about it.

I am so looking forward to meeting everyone who will be starting the race with me, some of them are nervous, that's what I should be, remember you all helped me get to the start line I'm just so grateful you are there with me to enjoy the greatest ever achivement that I will have completed in my whole life and I will do it with a smile (girmace is the same as a smile) on my face.
Information details for anybody interested are Facebook: Darin McCloud Twitter: unitedarinm Blog: Just Giving webpage: Just Giving text: Text SLIM65 £5 to 70070   (any amount where £5 goes) Slimpod:

Its never to late to sponsor me my account will stay open as I plan to do other runs in the future I am raising money for Diabetes UK and every pound that is raised will help make a difference so if you could give just a little it would be great.


  1. Best of luck Darin - sounds like you're all set to enjoy it and have a great experience. Good for you and well done for your hard work, dedication and resilience

  2. Good luck Darin!