Anthony Band, a lifetime runner, decided to give running barefoot a try 18 months ago. While he has had good luck with that so far, he is ready to step it up for his next challenge – running 1,000 miles barefoot! We caught up with Anthony to learn more about this enormous undertaking.
BR: Why did you decide to embark on this adventure?
Anthony: I was made redundant in 2010 and this really got me thinking about what I want to do with my life. I thought as I’m jobless with time on my hands for the time being I should plan something really challenging, and at the same time raise money for charity.
I’ve always dreamt of running John O’Groats to Land’s end but never thought I would really do it, let alone do it barefoot!
BF: How did you choose 1,000 miles for the distance?
AB: I have chosen a route that covers this distance, as 1,000 is a nice round number!
BR: Do you plan to have a crew or some other kind of support following you?
AB: I am really lucky to have a friend that can give up their time to direct and film the event from start to finish. It will be shown on the internet and I doing my best to get it onto the TV! I am so fortunate to have such great friends and family who will give up as much time as they can to support me.
BR: How are you training for this?
AB: As a personal trainer I’ve planned a 6 month programme which I’m trying to keep on top will. Running in the past I’ve only completed half marathons barefoot but at the moment I’m pushing my feet to the limit!
BR: Have you found a sponsor to support your endeavor?
BR:You mentioned raising money for charity, have you chosen one yet?
AB: I am raising money for Help For Heroes, a charity that supports wounded soldiers and their families. After a year in the Army Cadets I decided that I would like to pursue a future in the Army, however due to having mild asthma I was told I would not be able to enroll. I sees this run as doing his bit for the Army. Help for Heroes is an incredible charity, honouring our troops who are risking their lives for others.
I hope to raise a minimum of £2000 for this brilliant cause.
If you would like to help Anthony achieve his goal, or follow along on his journey, you can donate through his BMYCHARITY website, or find him on Facebook or @baretorun on Twitter. A website dedicated soley to Anthony’s adventure will be up shortly, and it will be www.baretorun.co.uk.
Good luck, Anthony! We’re rooting for you!
Photo & Logo Courtesy of Anthony Band