A fun expedition, with a serious message

If you’re planning on fitting in a “long run” this weekend, you might impress your friends – but you won’t cut any ice with Crewroom Ambassador Laraine Wyn-Jones, who’s just off on a 700-mile jog.

Blogger Laraine and her friend Sarah Morton have just set off on a six-week trek across Scotland to raise £5,000 for charity and we’re delighted to support their expedition with Crewroom kit.

The intrepid duo are running off-road from the most westerly spot in the UK at Ardnamurchan Point to the most northerly, at John o’ Groats.

They’ll pass along the very north-west edge of Scotland, following much of the wild and rugged 200-mile Cape Wrath Trail, and will include a total ascent of 80,000ft, which is almost three times the height of Everest.

One of the charities Laraine is raising money for is The Stroke Association. It’s a cause close to her heart after her husband Owain suffered a stroke – at the age of 30.

Luckily, Owain (pictured above) made an excellent recovery five years on, and Laraine is determined to highlight the work the charity do in raising awareness and understanding of stroke, particularly in younger people.

“Back in February 2009, we had been at a friend’s house for dinner, and when we got up next morning, Owain felt a bit fuzzy and wobbly. We thought he had a hangover and laughed at him.

“Then I realized it was more serious. We didn't think it could be a stroke because of his age. He was quickly in an ambulance and straight to hospital. He was in for a week. “Flagging up the dangers of stroke is really important, as this can happen to anyone from a baby to someone who is very old,” says Laraine.

Laraine, 33, a former IT project manager from Telford in Shrophire, and Sarah, 32, from St. Andrews, who’s studying for a PHD in adventure sports, complete their trek next month.

You can support Laraine’s trek and other feats here.