Moving Account of a Moving Islay Experience

I had posted a story about Jane Talbot's charity run, or odyssey, on Islay and Jura on Sunday 25 July. Yesterday, a little over two weeks later, Jane sent me an email to mention that she managed to complete her 9-day 203 mile run and wrote a great account of here whereabouts too. Quite an achievement so congratulations to Jane, it's very impressive what she did. Yesterday she started to write her account of this memorable trip which is now completed up to to day seven and more will follow soon. The post Jane wrote was great reading material and I liked the following paragraphs in particular:

On day three Jane wrote: "As I tumbled into Portnahaven, looking for the “OK bend” that would let me know that I was on-track, I spied a wee tea room. I decided not to go in there but my legs decided otherwise and before I knew it, I was sat down, rucksack on the floor and ordering coffee. Flora gave me coffee and sat down to chat. It was so kind of her to take the time to talk. I was exhausted..totally spent.. not knowing if I could make the remaining 10 miles. She told me that one of her sons is in the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, about to be sent to Afghanistan. Hearing that and listening to her as a mother was far more powerful than any caffeine. When my cup was empty I got up and ran and ran and ran…the Collie dog was back!" Continue reading....

On day four she wrote: "I was beginning to learn some important things that I will remind myself of whenever the going gets tough – whatever I am doing:

  • When life is simple it can be joyful. (My days were gruelling and yet fulfilling. All I had to do put one foot in front of the other for hours on end. But those days of hard labour were always rewarding.)
  • There is nothing better for the soul than food in an empty belly, washing the grime of the day away and the warmth of human kindness.
  • One of the greatest gifts that people can give is time for another person (all those who stopped to talk to me made such a difference).
  • Being outdoors all day makes you feel alive.

Make sure to read the full account here. Jane made this 200 mile run to support a charity and if you want to support her and make a donation please visit