Barefoot schoolteacher begins running the length of Britain for charity

Charity running may seem like a challenge, but Aleks Kashefi has taken fundraising one step further. He's in the process of running the entire 1,206 mile length of Britain completely barefoot from Land’s End to John O’Groats for the Stroke Association. Read the news story here.

The 37-year-old science teacher at Buxton Community School started his intrepid journey on Sunday 26th July, but with 1066 miles left to go, he's only just begun.

Kashefi, who was inspired to undertake the challenge and fundraise for the charity after both his mother and grandfather suffered strokes, updated Runner's World on his progress:

Day one - 'The sea gods unleashed hell at Land's End but the feet kept me steady. Barefoot and rain on the technical mentalness of the coast path are a bad idea and once I reached Zeanor the sandals went on for a bit.  It was either that or I get to day two and have to stop!  It's had its good bits.  Butterflies patting my face, landing on my hand and seeing the most awesome parts of the UK.'

Day two - 'The sea gods where slightly nicer but the gale force gusts threatened to rip me off my feet. Despite the 6kg pack, I was still being bounced around like paper. Then, whilst stepping over a rocky stile, they unleashed the mother of all gusts. Mid-stride over the stile, misplaced my right foot, tried to adjust but to no avail as my left foot caught on the rocks. I didn't even notice the knock since my right foot was my concern. Carried on, but by the end of the day it was obvious that my left foot had taken a good smack.'

Day three - 'After a good sleep and half a pork pie I set off, caught low tide, moved into Newquay and carried on. I realised that despite the charity and the schedule I need to do one thing: change the route and get off the coast path since it was still blustery! There's a reason the trees here all grow towards the mainland. I met the owners of The Yurt Cafe and The Cornish Tipi campsite who were amazingly kind.'

Day four - 'Today is a sensible plod. 37 miles to get to the Devonshire coast. It's on road, which is going to be mentally challenging. About 16 miles down and 21 to go. Surprisingly, it's another day of cold, wind and rain. Luckily I'm inland a few miles which means shelter from those blustery coast winds.'

To follow his journey, head over to Kashefi's blog, or to sponsor him visit www.justgiving.com/barefootlejog.