1 Woman – 7 Countries – 100 Days – 3,455.5 Miles
In 2021 due to COVID travel restrictions Louise will be doing the challenge virtually.
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In 2022 I'll be running 3,455.5miles around the North Sea Cycle route (EuroVelo 12), carrying all my own kit.
1st May – Dundee, Scotland to Harwich, England
26th May – Hoek of Holland to Oudezijil, Netherlands
2nd June – Oudezijil, Netherlands to Rosenkranzer, Netherlands/ Rudbol, Germany
18th June – Rosenkranzer, Netherlands/ Rudbol, Germany to Grenaen, Denmark
1st July – Varberg, Sweden to Fredrikstad, Sweden
9th July – Fredrikstad, Sweden to Bergen, Norway
28th July – Thurso, Scotland to Dundee, Scotland
All dates, locations are subject to change throughout challenge.
Please check the tracker for the most up to date information.
COUNTDOWN TO THE START OF THE 2021 VIRTUAL RUN!
Feed Me Days : ONLY 3 days left to sponsor!
It only takes £25/day to ensure Louise is fuelled and fed for each day on her challenge.
You can be a part of the driving force behind the challenge – the provision of food.
You will also get a cheeky wee shout out on social media on your sponsored day.
It is my way of saying thank you.
PS: if you’ve met Louise, you’ll know the importance of food. Don’t tell her I said that.
How to Sponsor: Complete the contact form below specifying the Feed Me Day and we will send you a specific link
YOUR VIRTUAL NORTH SEA EVENT
Individuals - Schools - Clubs/ Groups – Organisations – Businesses
You Can ALL Sign-up to complete your own virtual northsea.
Track your team's route alongside Louise and Captain Coo on the North Sea cycle route, complete Europe’s longest cycle route together.
Walk, Jog, Run, Cycle, Swim, Kayak, Roller-skate, anyway you can track distance completed.
Add this to your team's daily total and that becomes your total for the day – Teamwork makes the dream work as they say.
Even small walks will contribute to your teams total, which means everyone can take part.
Can your group beat Louise on her own challenge?
How does it feel to complete the same mileage as Louise day after day?
Schools – It's not too late to get your school involved in a real-life, real-time example of overcoming challenges, building resilience and habits that can help everyone’s mental health.
Begin their challenge after the Easter holidays to account for the final term length.
Adult based Events/ Teams (Individuals/ Sport Teams and Groups/ Organisations/ Businesses):
We all start TOGETHER on the 1st May 2021. We may have had to face lockdown and COVID separately but together we can build better habits to manage the stress, the mental challenges associated with the last year.
Change the conversation in the workplace – you can be that change. We can start that together In a really simple way. By having an indirect conversation it opens up that space in a much easier way.
Let’s make a difference together.
Challenge yourself to look after your mental wellbeing at the time we need it the most.
Exercise, sport and a physical activity – they DO and CAN make a difference to you too. Use this challenge to find the right activity for you.
Perhaps this is a great in-house club/ group challenge?
Maybe you could use it as a fundraiser, I know many clubs have struggled with funds due to the difficulties we have all experienced.
This may be an ideal opportunity to raise money for your club and SAMH (via my fundraising page) for mental health.
WHY THIS CHALLENGE?
My why is simple - Mental Health matters. I see the positive impact of exercise, physical activity and movement on people’s health (both mental and physical) every day through my work as a personal trainer.
My own personal experiences also highlight this every single day to myself, I’d love to help even just a few see and feel those rewards themselves.
Beyond that we need someone to speak up, to advocate on our behalf when it comes to more national and international levels. That is where SAMH come in, not only do SAMH advocate for those with mental illness and mental health ie everyone, but they operate within our communities as well.
DO YOU HAVE A BUSINESS?
Become a Business Sponsor:
There are a few areas we still need help with:
- Hooped Bivvy Bag
- Ferry Crossings
- Flight from Norway to Scotland
- Accommodation nights/ expenses
- Event Insurance
- Additional food costs
- My Blessing in Disguise 2020: Episode 12 – Louise JohnstoneJanuary 19, 2021
- Cicerone ConnectAugust 28, 2020
Louise is a Dundee based personal trainer and endurance athlete. She has spent her career focusing on improving the mental and physical health of women, utilising her expansive knowledge to adapt recommendations to allow each individual to strive for an improvement in their health.
Louise has struggled with depression throughout her life. This in turn has been the driving motivation for the fundraising Louise has undertaken over several years. To give an example of the extent of her running ability, one of the races she ran in 2016 was the Marathon des Sables, raising over £5,000 for Dundee Association for Mental Health, covering 154 miles over 6 days in gruelling conditions. Louise describes herself as a ‘middle to back of the pack’ runner, loving to chat with fellow runners along the way, to hear their stories and what has brought them to take on their current challenge.
Louise is passionate about raising the profile of mental health, holding talks in schools and businesses as well as the general public. 2017 saw the launch of Dundee mental health awareness week – Heart Tay Heart, started by Louise herself.