Rehband managed to catch the ultra-runner, adventurer, and Rehband ambassador Nick Butter for a quick chat just a few days before his departure to Europe, the next phase in his adventure. Running 196 marathons across 196 countries in just 550 days certainly isn’t easy, but Nick has run more than 72 marathons now. With this journey he continues to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer; while breaking 8 World Records in the meantime.
It’s very strange actually, it hasn’t really sunk in to be honest because I’m sitting in a hotel lobby with my e-mails open and this is one of 11 calls today. I’m pretty back to back all day until late tonight. I won’t have any time sitting down and go “oh I’m home now”. I landed yesterday and then 45 min on the tube and then I’m here so, nothing really changes. But it’s great, I love it!
I’m very happy to enter this phase. When the team and I originally were planning this trip we were very careful in building in break time and Europe was the time that I was looking forward to the most. Although I have been through a lot of countries in Europe already, this was going to be my time to relax a bit more. Traveling was going to take me less time and I would manage with the languages better. It was going to be a more chilled out time.
But as it happens, it’s actually going to be the opposite. My schedule is going to be very full on because of a flight cancellation we’ve had. This has meant that I’ve had to push trips into the last few phases of the trip and I wasn’t expecting that to happen.
The main difference is inter-railing. I’m doing all of the European countries by train. It’s very fun because it means I can pack slightly lighter since I’m not that far from home if I need more stuff. The weather may be an issue. I’m not a big fan of running in torrential rain, but it’s going to happen at some point.
There’s been two or three places that really stand out and now I’ve got a really good bunch of people that I know I’ll be returning to. In literally every single country that I’ve been to, I now have friends. Even in places like Nigeria and in the places that haven’t been particularly friendly.
An overall highlight is that Guatemala was somewhere I didn’t have on my radar but I was looking forward to going there for one main reason – the whole trip is particularly carbon heavy, the footprint of carbon is huge.
Before I left the UK I managed to get a company called Natural Capital Partners to support me, they do the offsetting of carbon emissions for the companies like Microsoft, Facebook and all sorts of stuff. They sponsor the trip by offsetting all the carbon emissions by four projects arounds the world. I went along in Guatemala to see the project that is supporting the offset for us. I also had a huge bunch of people to run with. I also ran past an erupting volcano – it was just super special.
“It’s not just the country, it’s the people, the surroundings, and everything just comes together.”
Guatemala was high up the list. Similar to El Salvador. And again, this is somewhere I was a little bit apprehensive about, El Salvador being a little bit dangerous. But the British high commissioner really got the ministry of sport involved and I literally had about a 1000 people running with me.
It’s very interesting how I pick my run, I don’t really pick my route at all. I never look for a route in a country before I’m there because generally if it’s a capital city and people are walking, well that obviously means you can run there. Most of the time when I’ve had to run in loops is because it’s been unsafe. The prime one for that was Jamaica, when I landed there had been 67 murders that weekend in Kingston in Jamaica so it was a particularly dangerous time. The British embassy allowed me to run around their compound. The compound was only 300 meters so I was doing 140 laps. Not super exciting route and it was hot. Other times I’ve run and it’s been brilliant. I have my map on my phone and figure it out, “this route might be good”.
Nick Butter is all about exploring, being appreciative, and pushing himself to his limits. This tenacity is something that ties into the Rehband mind of enabling your full potential very well. We’re happy to support this great initiative for Prostate Cancer UK, spread Nick’s message about treasuring life, and bring more value to it every day. Additionally, we’re quite pleased to see the QD Compression Socks support Nick in staying injury free during his marathons!