FSB members are an altruistic bunch. We hear of fun runs, peaks challenges and charity bake-offs. But Robert Chapman, who runs a commercial property consultancy in Cardiff, may have pushed the bar to a new height with his staggering run around the entire perimeter of Wales. That’s at least 1,030 miles, comprising 39 marathons, which he has been running every weekend since Easter. “On weekends I run two consecutively,” he says. “On bank holidays, it’s three.”
Many of the legs exceed the marathon distance. Abergwyngregyn to Pentraeth is 28 miles. Monk Haven to Angle is 31 miles. And the path is brutal, he says. “I’m on uneven, often slippery coastal footpaths. I carry food, water and energy bars.”
Robert’s mission to raise money for motor neurone disease (MND) research was inspired by his friend and client Tony John, who passed away from MND in 2015.
The run is named the Moonshadow Wales challenge, reflecting John’s favourite Cat Stevens’ song. It also captures the romantic nature of a rugged journey across sublime, varying, and sometimes harsh Welsh terrain.
At the time of writing Chapman is on the brink of completing the challenge. “So many milestones,” he recalls. “When I finished Offa’s Dyke, the Offa’s Dyke Twitter account told me it is tradition to bathe your feet in the seawater at Prestatyn, which I did. And completing Anglesey. So beautiful.”
To sponsor the challenge, go to the blog at Moonshadow.wales and click the JustGiving link. Every penny raised goes directly to the MND Association.