Andy's 24 hour Dartmoor Prison Jailbreak Run
TFA Adviser Andy Moir took part last weekend in the first ever Dartmoor Jailbreak run.
Andy has been running regularly for just over 3 years, starting with the 2014 London Marathon. In the last 14 months he has run 2 x 32 mile coastal path runs and one 50 mile 24 hour event, as well as shorter races. This was his latest and toughest challenge yet.
Each runner works out their own route, and has to run / walk as far as they can in 24 hours (some chose a 12 hour option). Runners were GPS tracked and the end distance was measured in a straght line, so running round Burrator reservoir for 24 hours wouldn’t do participants any good as they wouldn’t get further than 10 miles away from the prison!
Each participant also had to arrange their own support crew. This shows how tough this event was – no company for the runners and no official checkpoints or food stations!
So what did Andy achieve? About 53 miles into Storm Brian in about 16 hours, and the total height climbed is almost exactly the same as Ben Nevis. As he says it’s no wonder he can barely walk after it!
So why did Andy do this? To raise money for the awesome Livewire Youth Project as they change and save lives.
Livewire is an independent long-standing youth charity based on the banks of the River Tamar in Saltash, Cornwall, offering support to young people through music and traditional youth work, helping steer them through the trials and tribulations of growing up.
Their work includes help with difficulties such as self harm, low self esteem, eating disorders, family and personal relationship issues, sexual health and drug and alcohol issues. They rely on the generosity of their supporters, fundraising and grants to deliver this valuable support.
Livewire focuses on support for young people aged 10 to 21 offering a full range of quality facilities and activities, including music lessons, guitar, bass, drums and vocals, rehearsal and recording studios, plus a 250 capacity live music venue staffed by the young people to put on shows to their peers and the public. They also have a coffee bar area with pool and games tables among other socially engaging activities.