WELCOME to the #NewStoryRun Wall of Legends!
This page pays tribute to the huge range of wonderful people who’ve supported this trip; through providing a bed for the night, a cup of tea, free meal, helped me wash my clothes, donated on Go Fund Me, trawled through their contact lists for people they knew on my route, or donated their skills, time or resources – all for no other reason than being GREAT people*. Thank you!
*Apologies in advance – there’s no way I can include everyone, and I’m sure to miss people. Tech is hard when running/camping every day, and only having my phone for updates, but it doesn’t mean I appreciate it any less! And of course a big thanks to my ‘official’ supporters (see here) , and everyone featured in the ‘New Story’ portfolio who gave up their time to talk to me.
The Mathers! | Motherby | Host
Paul & Geraldine | Catton | Host
Chris | Threlkeld | Host
Jennifer | Keswick | Provider of the one & only ‘Bugs Buggy’!
Jacob from Tonkin Massage Therapies
Cecilia | Greystoke| Lunch provider
Jim Davies | Cliburn | Host
OutnAbout team | New tires & inner tubes for Bugs Buggy
Gwen | Newcastle | LD Sports Massage Therapies
Liam | Newcastle | Host
Kate Rawles | Ulverston | Super duper adventure activism advice
Chris Loynes | Ulverston | Finding contacts all over the place & all round cheerleader
Richard Purkis | Edinburgh | The Map Maker!
Katrina H | Run buddy and snack provider Oct 2019
Harry at Patagonia Manchester | Merino baselayer warmth
Daisy Narayanan | Sponsored a few nights stay in Peja, Kosovo
Damian Boyle | Sponsored a few nights stay in Skopje, North Macedonia
The Millican team (the one’s who make awesome rucksacks) – sponsored a few nights sleep
Special thanks to Jane Holmes for endless encouragement, and generous support in COVID-19 times.
Guy Loftus | Greatest film maker!
Mountain Equipment | Summer sleeping bag after mine was lost in the post
Lotte | Amsterdam | Host
Gloriya & friends from Droevendaal student housing community | Wageningen | Hosts
Elizabeth | Amsterdam | Host
Annette & Thomas | Bonn | Hosts
Dietrich | Bonn | Dinner & lovely fresh grapes
Sandra | Bonn | Lunch & magically setting up the UN meeting
Uwe | Koblenz | Buggy storer!
The Pirker Family | nr. Mainz | Hosts
Birgit | nr. Worms | Last minute host!
Wellness Massage Worms | Siegbert & family | Worms
Dirk, Ingrid & family | Speyer | Hosts & gratefully received Spa voucher
Michel & Geelke | Eis cafe, Leimersheim | Last minute host, pizza, mountains of ice cream & weasel coffee!
Pascal & mother | Haslach | Last minute host
Magnus & family | Freiburg | Hosts for a whole 4 days!
Alexandra & family | Freiburg | Breakfast & spa
Anna | Freiburg | Breakfast
Sara & everyone at ‘Susi’ | Freiburg | Dinner, swim buddy, tour guide
Sonja | Indle-Kofen | For letting me camp in her garden shed, shower and have homemade meatballs & cake!
Family at Alpe Blaesse | Spontaneous dinner and host!
Two gents who helped search for my phone all afternoon… (no luck)
Bavarian hunters who let me stay in their warm hut
Friendly people | Vils | Spontaneous host
Martha M | ANOTHER spontaneous host, and breakfast
Zdenek, Zussi, Bruno and Anton | Marnau | Hosts
DHL Deutsch logistics | buggy postage to Croatia!
Beth Harrison | Zurich | Host
Rita | Ernetschwil | Breakfast
Family at Hotel Unteror | Altstatten | Coffee & lunch
Dario Faleschini | Au | Host, keyboard & life coaching, & fondue provider
Odmaa, Thomas & Jacob | nr Mittenwald | Spontaneous hosts, dinner & wonderful Keiserschmarrn
Carina & Matthias | Innsbruck | Hosts
Family Wimpissinger at Alpine Guesthouse Laos, 1650m! | Tirol | Spontanous hosts
Guesthouse of the Hauser family | Gerlos, Tirol | Spontaneous hosts
Michael Sinnhuber & the team at Mittersill+ | Mittersill | The best welcome ever, and a hotel!
H Family Misun | hosts
Thomas and Caroline and family | Villach | Hosts
Katja Morenschildt | Host | Spittal
Peitler Family | Hosts, and start of a hospitality train to Villach
Man who let me stay in apartment last night in Austria
Inge | host and home knitted socks
Bram at Praxis für Wohlbefinden | Zell am See | last minute massage for my sore foot.
Marin Medak – all kinds of advice, and beer – Ljubljana
Cica Gajic Grabovac – lent clothes, food, laptop etc – Ljubljana
Marko – lent his flat, we didnt even meet! – Ljubljana
Polona Modic – Garden camping host
Nice family (I’ve lost their name!) – took me in for the night, then gave me homemade sausage for the hill – near Skofja Loka
Ziva and Matej – Skofja Loka – Warmshowers hosts
Lovely lady who let me sleep in her shed, last night in Slovenia.
Mira Skopljak and family – Christmas lunch hosts – Novi Vinodolski
Eva – Eva Dinarica Project – the best advice on routes & spreader of mountain enthusiasm.
Screcko & Rocky the dog – spontaneous hosts in the cold Bora wind – Alan hamlet
Via Adriatica trail Community – advice & support
Ivan – Ploce – receiver & store-r of parcels and running buggy
Luka and Ana – somewhere in the hills! I asked for water, they took me in to warm up and made me eggs.
Ivana & family – Starigrad – last minute host
Moj, Marija & family – Bogatnik – spontaneous hosts, educators, biggest smiles ever. Words can’t do their warmth justice.
Inga & Snjezana – Knin – Hosted me in their beautiful eco apartment. It would make a great holiday.
Marko – Senj – keys to mountain house, vegan dinner, all the local info, contacts and help finding accommodation.
Ana & friends from Zagreb mountain club – Dinara – Fun & support when I was ill
Lidija Slavic, Mayor of Kijevo – School bed just when I needed it
Rubic Family – Vrlika – An unplanned Lunch!
Irina – Split – Hosted in stunning eco apartment in Diocletians Palace
Dane – Split – SO MUCH help with contacts & route choices
Nina Divic – Brela – Chocolate & oranges to get me up THAT hill!
Ekstrem Makarska club – Left keys to Vosak hut, plus treats! 🙂
Scott & Caroline – Vosak hut – Tasty dinner, good company & beer
Anna Mareschova – Mala Duba – Warm bed, pancakes, footbath & homemade soap in a hand sewn bag to take on my way.
Ivan & family – Gradac/Ploce – 2nd mention for also hosting for a few nights!
Tatjana – Via Adriatica Warrior Woman – for a lovely Via Adriatica buff!
Marina – Dubrovnik – Warm shower, dinner & lunch, hosted in the mountain house which had a… bouldering wall! :O
Family in Majkovi – camped in garden, charged my tech, coffee & cake for breakfast.
Sam & family – remotely hosted me in their holiday home from New Zealand/Australia!
Sasa Kulinovic – Herceg Novi – Crazy amounts of help, including phone SIM, lasagne refuel, route planning, local TV contacts, coffee & encouragement.
Luka – Cetinje – Place to stay, coffee, running buddy
Sonja – Rijeka Crnojevica camping – coffee, banana chocolate, Nutella, wee sewing kit, fire & fish
Jovana & dog Flekki – Podgorica – Super friendly host
Lemmy & family – Koplik – Campsite host, pizza & other delicious food
Seimir – All the local Albania info
Kastriot & EcoSocial Farm – Shkoder – Hosts
Aurora & mountain club friends – Breakfast & coffee – Shkoder
Koman ferry crew! – Spontaneous hosts, dinner & beer
Restaurant Avdi Rexha – Much needed free scrummy lunch when I had no cash left – Bujan
Catherine & Jordi, plus 4 dogs, 11 puppies, 1 cat, 3 kittens, 2 horses and 2 rabbits – Hosts, superheros, rescuers in the time of COVID-19 – Bajram Curri
Nuri Shehu & horse – Carried my bag up the hill!
Hotel Radomira Korab – sponsored nights stay, with delicious dinner & breakfast
Hotel Reci, Peshkopi – Sponsored 3 nights of rest
Oti – bought me ice cream & iced tea, & provided challenging & interesting discussion
Peshkopi Camping – Amazing homecooked vegetable-y lunch
Mini market en route to Peja – free snacks, when I had no cash!
Family en route to Pristina – Spontaneous hosts, pizza, pie, coffee.
Lauren – Pristina – Wonderful host.
Ardi & Ishmal – Arra Hostel Prizren – Hosts & friends amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
Besim – Gave me and Mike one of his beautiful paintings of Prizren!
Mytaher Haskuka – Mayor of Prizren – Warm welcome and send-off
Adam & the Outdoor Elevate team – Guardians of the buggy until it can be collected again
Sonja & Vlad – Carevec Mountain Hut Mavrovo – Best hosts, plus the best crew ever with the best feasts
Bibi – Tivko Katce, Gostivar – Dry nights & great chat & good food
Fun people of Skopje – Kosta, and Igor & the super running crew
Nenad – Help getting the new shoes, even if it didn’t work out!
Garden camping hosts X 2, between Skopje & Kriva Palanka
Tanya & Dejan – Hosted in spare apartment, Skopje
Nikola and Elka – Spontaneous garden camp hosts & best eggy-bread
Liliana Gotseva – Blagoevgrad – Wonderful host
Nathan – Bringing the new magical shoes
Gloriya – Sofia host & great catch up
Todor – Kom Emine master mind & encouragement
Kostov family – Varna – Hosts
Penu – Best fixer ever for a few days filming
Spontaneous garden camp family just out of Sofia – Brilliant homecooked dinner
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