He may be taking part in the Thunder Run but Jonathan Bungard’s stamina sapping ordeal will hardly be over in a flash. For later this month he will be hoping to raise hundreds of pound to support a Skye church by completing the gruelling 100 mile event in less than 24 hours. Money raised by Jonathan, the son of recently ordained priest Rosemary, will go towards urgently need repairs to the rectory at St Columba’s Church in Portree.
The big event takes place in Derbyshire but Jonathan is certain to be on the minds – and in the prayers – of the congregation hundreds of miles away on Skye.
Until a year ago, he had never run further than a single marathon, so the attempt to run four consecutive ones on the same day around a hilly, twisty and technically challenging course will be a difficult one.
However, Jonathan has so far run around four times further in 2016 than he did in 2015, so training is going well, including knocking half an hour off his previous best half-marathon time and an hour off his previous marathon best. The challenges involved with running almost continuously for 24 hours are not inconsequential. Jonathan will need to eat whilst on the move, and his total climb and descent during the course of the race will be in the region of 7000 feet, or more than twice up and down Sgurr Alisdair!