Lands End to John O’Groats


In March, 2014, in aid of ‘Sport Relief plus local charities, I set off from Lands End, complete with my 16-20kg backpack and a hobbits lust for adventure. I went in search of John O’Groats, but foolishly, I forgot to bring a bike. Instead, I elected to run the 1,000 mile journey carrying my itinerary of a tent, sleeping bag, spare pair of trainers, socks, compression clothing, food, first aid, water and a warm jacket on my back.

As this was my first expedition of this magnitude, I made an assortment of errors, mistakes and lessons learned the hard way. You can read about my exploits in these 5 easy installments:

Part 1: Lands End to South Wales

Part 2: South Wales to The Lakes

Part 3: The Lakes to Fife

Part 4: Fife to Inverness

Part 5: Inverness to John O’Groats


Lands End – Bodmin – Exeter – Bristol – Chester – Runcorn – Preston – Lancaster – Carlisle – Edinburgh – Inverness – John O’ Groats

My thanks go to the following companies, for kindly donating and supporting:

  • Mafeking Biltong
  • Prestbury Squash Club
  • Hunt’s Veterinary Clinics
  • Tolley Health Economics
  • Clifbar
  • JP Exhausts
  • TCS Management

Between us, we raised £3,000 for the above charities! So a HUGE thanks to EVERYONE who donated, supported, offered me encouragement, or even just liked my facebook posts. You ALL kept me going 🙂



7 Responses to Lands End to John O’Groats

  1. Helen says:

    I’m very excited for you. I will keep tabs on your progress as you go and would like to wish you all the best.
    Clever wee Hobbit 😉

  2. Yvonne Mayers says:

    Brilliant progress so far. Good luck with the rest of your journey. Rock on Dan.

  3. Mel & Barry says:

    Great to meet you in Patterdale your truly inspirational – hope your route to Carlisle was good to you, best of luck for the rest of your journey 🙂

  4. Louise says:

    Great to meet you today fella outside nae limits 🙂 good luck for the rest of ur journey . May the elements of Scotland keep you sound and safe . Look forward to finding out when u finish . The best of luck and I hope our paths cross in the future xx

  5. Hey Dan thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, was great to hear another runners perspective on there own first ultra. Also just started reading about this journey you took on, what an awesome achievement!

  6. Alex says:

    I’ve just stumbled on your journey (& blog) as I’ve been looking for running inspiration and it was a brilliant read! well done on achieving a truly amazing feat!

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