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12 Marathons for livlife Sam Yates

That is it! TWELVE marathons done!

There was one point on the last run yesterday (the dreaded double marathon) when I was sat on a beach, in the dark, lost, with a fading headtorch thinking that I would quit. If someone hadn't physically pulled me up, I would have definately given up.

Yesterday was super hard. Over mountains, along beaches, through bogs, fog and rain; i've never been lost so many times or so tired.

My body is a broken mess, the soles of my feet are two single bruises, my legs are stilts and my knees have absconded.

Over the past twelve months I've ran over 505km during races and over 2,000km in training or as I like to think, Ive ran to the international space station five times.

My hardest marathon was Australia, the heat DID NOT agree with me, the most fun was drinking round Medoc, followed closely by Man Vs Horse, the quickest was 3hrs8, the slowest was well over 5 hours, I loved the support of Manchester, finishing Leicester with my brother, the people who turned up in the rain to run laps of a race track are a rare sort indeed, for Vicky Pritchard and Neil Pritchard for coming out in a storm to watch me in Bolton and for the family in Australia for about a hundred things you did to sort me out and keep me alive.

Ive been supported by some very very selfless people who have kept me going, literally sometimes; organised, arranged, celebrated, made banners, filmed, ridden bikes alongside and generally been awesome people - Ive been floored by the ongoing encouragement and donations. You are some very wonderful friends.

I owed a special thanks to my wife Kate Frances Lawton who has supported me, put up with my complaining, with my endless injuries, and looked after William when I trained.

Thanks everyone!

What's it all about?


Each month of 2016 I am going to be running a marathon. The marathons will vary in difficulty and each with its own twist! If you'd like to donate, click here

So ill be running as a Lion in the Manchester Marathon, Racing horses over 26.2 miles across the welsh countryside, completing the Ground hog Marathon running 105.5 of a 400m course, Running between National Trusts, running Bolton's "Hell of a HIll" and even drinking my way round the Medoc Marathon, a glass of wine every mile.

Please Join me in supporting Livlife and please sponsor my ridiculous running effort! I will be doing some documentation too, probably mostly via the Livlife Facebook site, Instagram and the monthly news updates. So please follow me or come and cheer for me at any of the marathons (see them all here!) When i'm dehydrating in my Lion suit, dying of boredom on my hundredth lap of the track or shedding a very cold tear as I run up Rivington Pike for the 8th time in the November rain - It will be your support that keeps me going, so let me know! and please dig deep!

My first is this Sunday, January 31st on the Treadmill at Anytime Fitness Knutsford, if you want to support me, follow this link

So what marathons am I running?

January 31st - The Treadmill Marathon. This one is as it sounds, I will be running on a treadmill for 26.2 miles it at Anytime Fitness in Knutsford. The idea is just to finish this one!

February 28th - The National Trust Marathon - Running from Dunham Massey, through Tatton Park, into Quarry Bank Mill and and finishing in Lyme Park.

March 31st - The Hot One - I happen to be visiting family in Australia so I'll be running my own race in the very hot 30+ degree heat of Oz. Plenty of sun cream, plenty of water and plenty of stubbies afterwards, mate.

April 10th - The Fancy Dress - Come see me run the Manchester Marathon as a Lion... or possibly a Giraffe... to celebrate the spirit of Tanzania.

May 22nd - The Ground Hog Marathon - Frankly I'm dreading this one, 105.5 times round a 400m athletics track.

June 11th - Man vs Horse - Join me in the Welsh countryside with fellow Livlife Trustees, David and Ruthie, to run 26.2 miles, man against beast, winner takes all.

July 24th - The Island Marathon - small laps of the beautiful islands of Scilly, through water, small tracks and over sand. Finishing with a pint of Betty Stoggs at the New Inn on Tresco.

August 21st - The Baby Led Marathon - the idea (at least) is to push and walk with William over a 26.2 mile course, including feeding, changing and all the attention a baby needs. Mum on standby!

September 10th - The notorious Medoc marathon. As a Yates I feel I've trained for this one all my life. One drink of local wine per mile... hiccup. Come and join me in France for the aftermath!

October 29th - The Spooky Night Marathon, a Halloween special. This marathon will take place in the dark with a terrifying All Hallows theme throughout.

November 13th - The Mountain Marathon - Bolton's infamous "Hell of a hill". This one takes me 8 (EIGHT) times up and over Rivington Pike in Bolton.

December - To Be Confirmed - If and when I find one, this will be Santa themed. Suggestions welcome!