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24 - 30 April 2017

When will she run here? 

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England

Where is this river?

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Global Goal 6.6

What Global Goal is she supporting?

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6 marathons

How far will she run? 

 

 

- THE river THAT survived -

 

 

key facts

60 years ago Thames river was declared “biologically dead”. News reports from that time describe it as a vast, foul-smelling drain. The river was devoid of oxygen, making any form of life impossible.
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Over 13 million people are
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Thames river basin
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Today the River Thames is the cleanest river in the world that flows through a major city.
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Day 33 | 25 April 2017 | 1,449km done | 239km to go

Good morning from frosty England! Hard to believe that after running 1,394km along 5 rivers on 5 continents in 5 weeks, I’ve made it to the start of the last leg the 6 River Run journey.

I’m at chilly Cotsworld (it’s 3.5 degrees out!) standing by the source of the Thames River. I’ll be running the length of the river (294km) all the way to London where I’ll finish on Sunday afternoon. Let’s get this show on the road!
 

 
“Wait, is that it?”
“No, it can’t be.”
“This is just a field...”
”The map says it’s right here...!”
Mina Guli #Run4Water
Mina Guli #Run4Water
 

 

When you’re searching for the source of England’s biggest river, it’s somewhat puzzling to find a green field, with no water, and only a stone monument marking the start. Two ramblers mentioned that the source has sadly been dry for quite some time and that, on occasion, during a wet winter the spring will have a little bit of water.

It’s incredible to think that a river that powers and supports so much of the UK has such a modest start. Over the next 5 days, as I run the length of the Thames, I’m really excited to see how she grows from her humble source into a beautiful river that flows into the ocean 294km later.
Also, we have now entered count-down territory...only 5 days left to run!
Mina Guli #Run4water
Mina Guli #Run4Water

Day 34 | 26 April 2017 | 1,449km done | 239km to go

The beautiful English countryside.
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Mina Guli #Run4Water
Mina Guli #Run4Water
Mina Guli #Run4Water

Day 35 | 27 April 2017 | 1,510km done | 178km to go

Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength - Teddy Roosevelt
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Despite being the last river, I thought the Thames would be the easiest of the six to run along. But, after 36 days of non-stop running, even a flat, paved towpath seems like a challenge. There’s an adage in the mountaineering community about how the mountain seems to become steeper, the closer you get to its summit. I think I finally understand what they mean.
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In other news, today at kilometer 38, I took a nap in a pub.

Why have I not taken more naps in pubs?
The Ultrarunners life
Mina Guli #Run4Water

Day 36 | 28 April 2017 | 1,560km done | 128km to go

Magical morning running in the mist along the beautiful Thames. #Run4Water
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Mina Guli, #Run4Water
Mina Guli, #Run4Water
Mina Guli, #Run4Water

Day 40 | 30 April 2017 | 1,688km done |0km to go

The grand finale

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My thoughts on running the length of the thames


- join the last 6 km of the 6 river run -

I will be finishing my 1,688km long 6 River Run expedition in central London on Sunday, 30th of April. 

It will be hugely meaningful to me if you come down and join me for the last 6km of the run. 

Anyone and everyone is welcome, whether you are a walker, jogger, runner or a mom with a stroller. The more the merrier! I'm not running fast. In fact, my run has now become more of a shuffle. :)

After the run, there will be a flag signing ceremony after which we’ll proceed to Horniman Pub at Hays Galleria for celebratory drinks. It's stumbling distance from the finish line.

It will be a massive celebration of what we have achieved together over the past 6 weeks - I could not have done this without your support.

If you don't want to join for the run, you're welcome to join for the flag signing ceremony or drinks afterwards. 
 

 

 

When & where?
Meet 10:45am at the North side of the Millennium Foot Bridge. The run will start at 11am sharp. Expected duration of the run: 60- 80mins.

The 6km route
We will start at the North side of Millennium Foot Bridge, following the Thames River to Westminster Bridge, where we will cross to the South Bank and finish at the Scoop, beside Tower Bridge.
 

What to bring? 
* Wear a blue shirt for water
* Energy and high spirits
* Fully charged phone for photos
* A few bob for a celebratory beer

The flag signing ceremony will take place after the run on The Scoop, around 12h15 / 12h30. The drinks will start around 13h00 at Horniman Pub.