The Ecodek team are not shy of a little challenge, and these have ranged from epic kit car drives across Europe, marathons and half marathons, kickboxing and taekwondo events, boxing matches, singing in a band and voluntary work in Lebanon!
You may remember a recent blog where we introduced a couple of new additions to the Ecodek family, including our new Design Technician, Michael Roberts.
In that piece, we learnt that Michael isn’t one to take it easy on his days off from working in the Ecodek Technical Team – he is constantly on the go and looking for his next adventure!
Last weekend was no exception, Michael and his equally adventurous wife took part in an intriguingly named event – The Thunder Run.
The annual Continental Thunder Run took place on July 20th/21st in Walton on Trent, Derbyshire. This 24 hour marathon race tests stamina, endurance and mental fortitude of all of those who are willing to take part in the event. The objective of this marathon is to do as many laps as you possibly can in 24 hours. The distance for each lap is 10km/6.2 miles which is a lengthy distance. It takes dedication to participate in such race. The set route goes through trails, fields and woodlands, so runners need to be equipped for night-time running by bringing head torches. Of course, the runners are not forced to run for the full 24 hours, in fact they are encouraged to bring their own tents to get rest whenever they feel like they need it.
Michael has shared some of his experience of the event with us:
At the beginning of the run, the sun was scorching, and it was rather muggy, which is not really a great weather for an endurance race. The usually petulant British weather kept us guessing; in early afternoons we would have plenty of sunshine and heat, which suddenly transformed into torrential rain. For a minute or two the precipitation was a nice way to cool down from the heat, but as the rain didn’t stop, the route quickly became very muddy and slippery, turning an already tiring run into exhausting trek. The Thunder Run was aptly named!
Michael was also kind enough to allow us to share some photos of his adventures race. We are all very impressed with his efforts in competing this extremely tough 24 hour challenge!
If the next year’s Thunder Run is something you would consider doing, you can find out more details on here.