You’ll likely know by now that I’m a keen runner, completing the London Marathon last year in a Boston Qualifying time of 3 hours and 26 minutes. So, when The Running Channel asked me if I’d like to be part of their team running all the way from London to Paris, I thought – why not?

Sure, it might sound like a mad thing to say yes to, but if my other challenges have taught me anything, it’s this: you can learn so much by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.

But back to the challenge at hand: London to Paris. The premise was simple – a relay team of five strangers, covering 225 miles from Raynes Park in London to the Eiffel Tower over the course of four days. While on paper, a half marathon a day sounded easy in comparison to some other multi-stage races (that’s races that are more than one day), what we soon discovered is that the distance wouldn’t be the real challenge of this race – far from it.

So how did we fare? Did we eat our body weight in cheese sandwiches, did we survive on four hours sleep, and most importantly, did we make it all the way from A to B, injury-free? You’ll have to keep reading to find out…

Running from London to Paris: how it works