Mark’s Incredible Challenge


A Director of an award-winning architecture practice, Stephen George + Partners based in Leicester, is training hard to undertake the challenge of a lifetime.

Mark Smith has chosen a challenge that will see him run 901 miles in a month from John O’Groats to Land’s End starting on the 1st September 2018. Mark will be running down the west of the country, he will have a support car, private paramedics and a sports therapist to help him achieve his goal.

Mark has started his extensive training program incorporating 2 gym sessions a week, a rest day accompanied by some serious stretches and 4 days of running with that being increased to 100 miles a week.  He is being supported in his training by Adam Jackson, a Team GB triathlon athlete who has devised the training and nutrition plans and who is extremely experienced in these big distance challenges.

Stephen George + Partners are also supporting Mark by giving him the month off and helping him with his fundraising.

If you would like to support Mark’s Challenge you can donate or join our team at the Nottingham Half Marathon to virtually join support Mark’s final day of running or join him on a leg of the route email

Keep up to date with his adventure on his Facebook Page

The Route

 Date Start   Finish  Miles
1 John O’Groats Reay 30
2 Reay Tongue 32
3 Tongue Lairg 37
4 Lairg Alness 29
5 Alness Muir of Ord 16
6 Muir of Ord Drumnadrochit 15
7 Drumnadrochit Fort Augustus 19
 Week 2
8 Fort Augustus Spean Bridge 22
9 Spean Bridge King’s House Hotel 37
10 King’s House Hotel Ardlui 32
11 Ardlui Craigendoven 28
12 Craigendoven Dunlop 34
13 Dunlop Kirkconnel 36
14 Kirkconnel Dumfries 30
 Week 3
15 Dumfries Carlisle 33
17 Carlisle Shap 28
18 Shap Lancaster 37
19 Lancaster Rufford 33
20 Rufford Tarporley 40
21 Tarporley Shrewsbury 34
Week 4
22 Shrewsbury Leominster 38
23 Leominster Gloucester 36
24 Gloucester Leigh Wood (Bristol) 36
26 Leigh Wood (Bristol) Taunton 43
27 Taunton Lapford Cross 36
28 Lapford Cross Polyphant 37
Week 5
29 Polyphant Zelah 37
30 Zelah Landsend 36