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Stephen's 250km January Challenge


Sadly, Stephen’s dad passed away a week before Christmas. He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in October 2019 and had spent much of 2020 undergoing treatment.

In memory of his dad, Stephen has set himself the challenge of raising money for Bowel Cancer UK by running 250 km throughout January.


Find out more at bowelcanceruk.org.uk
And don't forget to visit justgiving.com/michaelellis250 to donate

This page displays a cumulative total of runs to date and shows details of each run.
Michael Ellis



Dashboard designed by Robbie Cox. Data Collated from Strava run data by jset.run/



Individual Run Data


Run 1 - Saturday 2nd January 2021


Comments: After a day off running on New Year's Day, today I made a great start to the challenge with a Half Marathon distance. Going forward, my usual distance will be either 10km or 12.5km with the odd longer run thrown in. There seems to be a worldwide problem with Garmin and GPS. The route displayed is wrong, but the distance appears to be correct. The correct route is displayed in the second picture, below.


Brixham Half Marathon Route, Saturday 2nd January 2021



Run 2 - Sunday 3rd January 2021

Comments: Garmin seems to have sorted out it's GPS data today as the run has been recorded accurately. Ran much slower today after yesterday's efforts.




Run 3 - Monday 4th January 2021

Comments: A cold and windy night in Brixham.




Run 4 - Tuesday 5th January 2021

Comments: The cold weather persists in Brixham!




Run 5 - Wednesday 6th January 2021

Comments: After 5 consecutive days of running, it's time for a couple of days rest!




Run 6 - Saturday 9th January 2021

Comments: Back to running - not as far as I'd have liked as I over slept. Not a great run either as I fell; superficial cuts to hands and knees, and some bruising to ribs, but more gutted that the phone (which was on my arm also took a battering).




Run 7 - Tuesday 12th January 2021

Comments: After an unplanned break to recuperate after the tumble on Saturday, I headed back out to see if I could run with the bruised ribs. Fortunately it wasn't as bad as I expected and I managed to get a slightly longer run in. And at least it's warmer than last week.




Run 8 - Wednesday 13th January 2021

Comments: Slightly slower run tonight as my legs were tired.




Run 9 - Thursday 14th January 2021

Comments: Tonight I reached the halfway point of the challenge - 125km down, another 125km to go!




Run 10 - Saturday 16th January 2021

Comments: With the forecast for the week ahead looking decidedly wet, I decided to get a few KMs under my belt this weekend.
I also wanted to verify that the route I ran right at the start of the challenge was indeed a half marathon distance as the GPS on my fitness tracker wasn't accurate on that run.




Run 11 - Sunday 17th January 2021

Comments: With rain forecast for the next three days, it seemed wise to get out again today for another run. With legs still tired from yesterday, I didn't push it in terms of speed.




Run 12 - Thursday 21st January 2021

Comments: After three nights off due to the rain, I managed to finally fit another run in tonight, (I much prefer running in the cold to running in the wet!). Conscious that I need to stay on track to hit my target, I went for a slightly longer run than usual. Tomorrow it’s 17 years since Angelina and I went on our first date, so I won’t be running then, but it’s another half marathon on Saturday morning.




Run 13 - Saturday 23rd January 2021

Comments: This afternoon I ran further than I’ve ever run before – 25.7km, taking the challenge over 200 km in the process! I’ll sleep well tonight!




Run 14 - Sunday 24th January 2021

Comments: Another longer run this afternoon; in fact over this weekend I’ve covered the same distance as a marathon!

The weather today was, at various points, sunny, rainy, windy and icy!




Run 15 - Monday 25th January 2021

Comments: Two great bits of news to share with you all tonight! Not only is my 250km target now within sight – with slightly less than 15km to go – but, with your generous support, we’ve now exceeded £1000 in sponsorship! As I’ve already said, (and will continue to say), Dad would have been truly touched to see this.




Run 16 - Tuesday 26th January 2021

Comments: Fantastic news! During the run tonight I reached my 250km target!
When I set myself this challenge I had no idea what I could achieve and 250km seemed reasonable but, having completed the challenge with days to spare, I’ve decided to extend it to achieve 300km by the end of Sunday.




Run 17 - Thursday 28th January 2021

Comments: So, with a revised target of 300km to reach before Sunday, I decided to push on tonight with another half marathon distance. After a month of running, on average, just below 10km a day, my legs are now pretty tired and I’m finding that this is the hardest part of the challenge. However, the finish line is in sight and there’s only 3 more days until the end of the month.




Run 18 - Friday 29th January 2021

Comments: The run was hard work tonight, with both legs tired and with back ache. The final two runs are scheduled for tomorrow and Sunday.




Run 19 - Saturday 30th January 2021

Comments: I set off early this morning on the penultimate run of the challenge, so that I could avoid running in the rain, and took the challenge past the 300km mark!
Tomorrow is the last day of the month and the last run. I’m looking to take the challenge to 315km – this is approximately the distance between my home in Devon and Dad’s home in Ruislip – which seems a fitting place to finish.




Run 20 - Sunday 31st January 2021

Comments: I had another early start this morning for the final run of the challenge – once again to beat the rain. The final total is 316 km which, as I mentioned yesterday, is approximately the distance between my home in Devon and Dad’s home in Ruislip.