From Michelle Ward:


I wanted to share my friend’s achievement of running solo the 177 miles from Chepstow to Prestatyn along the Offa’s Dyke Path to raise money for the NHS Charities Together!! James Davies is 39, originally from Weobley in Herefordshire and is now living just outside Worcester with his partner, Hannah Selvester, their dog and two cats. He has been ultra-running for years and loves to be out in the beautiful scenery – he says that is what he loves most about it, he can see more in a shorter space of time if running!

Due to the heat and to be safe, he ran the path over 4 days from the 16th to the 19th of July 2021. It was brutal up on the hills with temperatures getting red-hot by 10am, but he still came through every checkpoint smiling and in good spirits despite being too hot to eat and fuelling mainly just on fruit and water!

In total, his elevation was 8,645 metres – to put that into context Everest is 8,849 metres!!

It was never his intention to run non-stop, but to have some down-time each evening with the friends and family who had come to support him, and he still did it in 94 hours with a moving time of just under 40 hours. We were very lucky to have had so many people come along to cheer him on and to help Hannah out with keeping him fed, watered and cool! The support on social media and from his local running group (Malvern Joggers) has been outstanding and I just want to say a big thank you to EVERYONE involved.

So far he has raised £1,301 for the NHS Charities Together with more donations coming in all the time; if you can spare a little it would be great to raise as much as we can for him. So much time, planning and training has gone on over the last 8 months to get ready for this amazing 177 mile challenge and the fact he is just walking around today like it was just a 5k park run literally blows my mind!

I’m bursting with pride and just think that this sort of achievement deserves a shout out? Please share to as many friends and groups as you can. Thank you!