Welcome to The MegaMeter Challenge!

Having not run much at all over the last 3 years, I have set myself a challenge to complete not 1, not 2, but 100 x 10km Runs over the year of 2016! That equates to approximately 2 x 10km runs every week, with the real challenge being to complete that consistently over the entire 52 weeks of the year, covering a whopping 1,000 km or 1 Million Meters! – A MEGA METER (Mm)!

That’s akin to running from Antwerp to Nice across Europe.

Welcome to ‘The MegaMeteer Challenge’!

I have Set Myself some Rules:

  • 10km has to be completed in 1 sitting. Two separate 5ks do not count.
  • For Logistics: A mix of official 10km races and local runs (using run tracker)
  • Multiple 10kms can be completed at once – A half Marathon is 21km (2 x 10kms).

Part of this challenge is to set myself some personal challenging targets. I am not entirely sure whether 100 x 1okms is do-able managing this with other work and life balances, and attempting to stay in complete health throughout the entire year…

– But this stretching target will hopefully motivate and push me on to run plenty, to be more focused, motivated and healthy in life, and to meet good people and share great experiences along the way!


I have Set Myself Some Stretching Targets:

  1. Complete 100 x 10km Runs
  2. Complete an official 10km run in under 40mins
  3. Complete an official Marathon in under 3 hours

I have Set Myself Some Objectives:

  1. Raise £2,000 for Mansajang female co-operative (The Gambia)
  2. Contribute to income generation and health/nutrition improvements
  3. Motivate through Running

Everyone’s Targets are personal to themselves… As we reach 2016 I wonder what personal goals you could set yourself to improve your life and those of others? What are your running or health related targets for 2016?  Post them below and I will blog them, and check in throughout the year to see how we are all doing.

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Interested to join in – message me!

Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!



Interesting Scottish Running Spots

– Nov 29 2015

Loch Shiel

Interesting Scottish Running Spots

I previously blogged about attempting to run 50% of my MegaMeter challenge (100 10kms 2016) through official events. That means that the other 50% (50 runs) will need a bit of creative thinking so that I am not repetitively running around my neighbourhood streets. That would be dull.

A few initial thoughts:

  • Glasgow Nike Runs – The community that leave from Buchannan st store Thursdays 6pm, Sunday 10am
  • Other City Run
  • Parks Runs – Glasgow Green, Pollok Park,Victoria, Tollcross etc

Then I got thinking about some of the more scenic spots that started to take my fancy, from Glasgow and beyond…

  1. Pollock Country Park
  2. Clyde River run
  3. Clyde Muirshiel Park
  4. Killpatrick hills
  5. Strathclyde National Pak
  6. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
  7. Linlithgow Peel, West Lothian
  8. Calanais Standing Stones, Lewis
  9. The little town of Killin
  10. Loch Ness
  11. Isle of Aaron
  12. Calton Hill, Edinburgh
  13. Isle of Skye
  14. Culzean Castle, Ayrshire
  15. Glasgow River Bridges Night Run

Let’s admit it, running is much better when we have a beautiful view and some clean fresh air to take in.

Do you know nice runs in any of these locations, or have any other beautiful spots to recommend, suitable for a 10km run? I would really appreciate your ideas. As always, post them below or twitter: @blackler_paul and I will blog them, and welcome any guest bloggers to share their own running experiences.

Stay Running, Stay Healthy!


photo credit: Loch Shiel via photopin Creative Common License

Scottish 10km Runs ?

– Dec 01 2015


Scottish 10km Runs ?

As the end of 2015 Approaches, my daunting challenge stats knocking on the door. I am cautious more serious planning is required for me to make the most of the 100 x 10km, Megameter Challenge I have set myself.

Part of the challenge is in running almost 2 x 10kms every week, consistently for an entire year. Ideally I would like 50% (a Mahoosive 50) of those to be through official events, but with work, largely work, but also family and other life commitments, then that itself represents a trial.

Having started to put more thought into the years runs, I have been able to think more about variety (the spice of life) and tying them in to other experiences (like holidays overseas) – Now I’m feeling motivated!!

Here’s a quick list of Events I have come across, and ones that quite take my fancy:

1. Edinburgh Sumo Run (Oct) – 5km, can I run it twice, dressed as a Sumo?
2. Glencoe Half Marathon – Running through beautiful scenery!
3. Great Scottish Run (Oct) – Got to do a few commercial biggies!
4. London River Run – Spectacular city scenery, could be a buzz!
5. Barcelona ½ Marathon – Bring on some sunshine!
6. Trossachs 10k Series (Jan-Oct) – 6 Interesting events out of the city!
7. Killin 10km – Drove through this last year and was inspired to attend!
8. Glasgow Mens 10k (June) – Keep some local!
9. Edinburgh Mens 10k (November) –
10. The Gambia – Heat aside, could be an adventure linked to my project!

I know from previous experience some of the little unknown, and sometimes ‘unplanned’ runs can often be the best. I enjoy city running, but I think many city runners miss out on some amazing opportunities out in the hills!

What events are you aware of, or planning to run yourself? Post them below or twitter: blackler_paul, and I will check in throughout the year to get feedback and guest blogs.

Please share your stories. Running is one of those things best done in a community, so let’s run together!

Happy Running!
photo credit: SumoRun.com