We have been following Nadine Horn’s preparations as she has been getting ready for her Barefoot UK run. Here is the latest installment.
In the last couple of days / weeks I have been updating the status of the ‘Run UK’ on Facebook (hit the like button to stay updated). Now, it’s time for a proper catch-up.
So…what’s been happening?
- Team members
- Kickstarter campaign
I am happy to welcome Ordnance Survey on board; the national mapping agency of Great Britain with more than over 200years of expertise (formed 1791). General Manager, Nick Giles, invited me into their great sustainable Head Office in Southampton last Tuesday. Besides of being welcomed with a goody-bag (little video about this later), we passionately brainstormed about our upcoming work together.
Great timing for me that OS just recently has launched an app for the iPhone (soon available for other phone models) – OS Map Finder; allowing you to navigate, view and download OS maps on to it. Best thing it works without phone reception – so no getting lost in the woods. So as part of their support, OS is going to provide me with an equipped iPhone, allowing me to use my self-plotted route on OS Map Finder. Whoop, whoop.
Getting Nick all hooked about running, he was nearly tempted to put on his shoes and jog around the block.
It was exciting to see the new building of OS. Great, open office environment with friendly and energetic stuff around.
When I started off with my planning my adventure, I was tempted to ignore detailed planning, but thanks to a dear friend he convinced me of the advantages of knowing your route – especially when you are using the right tool, such as OS. It shows you every little patch of green, footpaths, valleys and mountains.
Become a sponsor:
The website is being updated and soon Sponsors will find their place on the ‘Run UK’ site, plus in return for your support I offer exposure, mentioning, testing, and depending on your contribution branding. How can you jump on board?
- Direct funding
In order to pay for fuel, expenses, potentially hiring a car, food and missing equipment the aim is to have a budget in place. I am still missing the following items, if you like to contribute or have contacts to companies that offer the following, great!
2. Equipment support
- vehicle (van / allows storage of equipment and may be sleeping in the back)
- functional running clothing / socks / warm gear (merino)
- waterproof clothing
- natural sports nutrition: nuts, dry fruits, …
- tent, sleeping bag, head torch, first aid kit
Sent me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, looking forward to welcome you on board.
Since last time, no changes have been made on the route. Balavan (used to organise the UK leg of the World Harmony Run for 20 years) and myself have shifted the second meeting to today. He will bring all of his OS maps with his former routes and we will compare it with the one I have plotted myself to see if he has better options. Today old school will meet technology. 20 years ago there was no internet, so Balavan is used to physical maps and his expertise of map-reading skills, lucky me that the online plotting system with the same detail is now available – Get a map, allowing to adjust your route with a mouse-click. Map-reading skills still required tho !
Old school meets technology with the same great outcome: Explore your surrounding with detail
What would an adventure be without a great Logo. My friend Anthony from What_Architecture has offered me has help – Again
Thank you at this point. He created the little figures of my last Banner:
Total design of the banner by Marcos Villalba.
We had the first brainstorming session last week and were meant to finish it Saturday, an important meeting on his side got in between so we will hopefully finalise the Logo this week.
Meeting in pictures:
Every idea matters, so Karsh started photographing my feet
The weirdest angle I have ever seen my foot in. Monster-attack.
That’s better, except for the dirty bits
4. Support & Team members
Thanks to Chris who shares my posts on BarefootBeginners, I have been contacted by people offering their help and support such as Ross Lawrie who has put me in contact with Colin up in Scotland to organise a talk. Ross also started featuring my posts on his site (BarefootandRunningBlind)and is keen to join me for a section of the run – looking forward to this Ross.
Same applies to Lee Firman (Feetus.co.uk) – meet you in the Northern bit.
Some people have offered their help for the whole project as set team members, let me give you a quick introduction (pictures are on here soon):
Marketing Guru – Kathrin Griegel
At least once a week good old Kathrin and myself catch-up on Skype going through the various bits of the adventure. With her background in marketing and adventures, she contributes with her expertise and educates me along the way about things that I haven’t come across before. Plus as soon as I hit an obstacle that falls into her field, rather then spending ages to work it out I shoot her a quick mail and we soon find a solution or different way to approach whatever I was trying to do. Check out what she else she is up to by clicking here.
Social Media Guru – Xavier Rodriguez
Say to hi to Xav, he is a master of many trades, especially in the world of filmmaking and social media. His experience in the world of documentation (blogging and filming), twitter and social tools like kick-starter are an awesome addition to make sure the project doesn’t fall under the radar and people have the chance to follow it appropriately. We are just working on launching a kick-starter campaign right now.
Brainstorm Expert – Dave Brown
What shall I say – Davo !!! Living in Australia and focussing on breaking his personal triathlon records he has always been there to bounce back ideas and approach questions / puzzles from a different corner. Glad you are on board with this one as well.
Researcher – Poul Brix
I met Poul by helping supporting him on his latest adventure and he was so kind to jump on board and help with doing research and browse through all the internet pages that saves me a huge amount of time.
Get involved: If you like to get involved in the project and like to be part of it – come and join! Leave a comment or sent me an email (email@example.com). I am still looking for documentary support along the way and a driver.
6. Kickstarter Campaign
Xav introduced me to kickstarter and we already had our second catch-up, the first one took place at Nando’s (Xav loves it) and the second in the dungeon of wagama. During the first session we set the outline of the project, thought about the pledges that make sense and put a summary together of what needs to be ready. During the second one we focused on the blurb, reviewed the pledges. Now, I have to do my homework before we meet again and start shooting the introductory video.
7. Workshops along the way
Had a meeting with Vivo Sales Representative Mark Estaban on Friday, we went through the route and he will get me in contact with the stockiest in the various locations which will make it easier to set up workshop to introduce people into barefoot running along the way.
Phew…that’s for now : )
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