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Run and become.

IT'S finally here - at the end of this month I will be attempting to be the first person to run the width of Wales (51 miles) barefoot.

It has already been a challenging journey dealing with the many logistics and practical matters as well as the extra media work and of course fitting in training after a hard day's work.

But overall it is going well and was helped along enormously by a big sprinkle of magic last week.

The route itself was becoming 'the route of all evil' as I struggled to explore methods of finding my way across the country along an undefined and unmarked route.

My prayers (there were many made) were answered in the guise of Rose Edwards and Gary Mapletoft from Gilwern who are getting married in the week before my run. They were looking for a 'meaningful' walk in Wales to do for their honeymoon and with their four-legged companion Trish and rather amazingly have offered to walk the route ahead of me, marking it for me to follow.

Not only incredibly nice people, Gary is an ex-Marine and they are both 'adventurers', immensely practical and highly experienced with all things outdoorsy - as one person put it, "That is your Lottery ticket Lynne!" Gary and Rose will also be setting up The Bushcraft Acadamy in the near future.

He explained: "It is not about survival, although some survival arts are practised, but working in nature and with nature to create confidence, learn new skills and protect the environment we live in."

You can find out more at www.

thebushcraftacademy.co.uk.

@LynneAllbutt www.lynneallbutt.co.uk
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 10, 2014
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