Before you read the diary I want you to understand that in 1989 life was a bit different. Margaret Thatcher was in charge, the Provisional IRA was being very difficult and Philip Glenister's character Gene Hunt, ( Ashes to Ashes) would have fitted right in. Also technology wasn't what it is now. Laptops, the internet, emails, mobile phones, smart phones, iPhones, sat navs were either in their infancy or an idea in a clever persons mind. The only way to communicate was via a phone box, landline, fax or letter. As you read my diary you will soon realise that had I had any of the modern day devices it would have made my journey so much easier.
You will notice in the diary that I have included the mileage for each day. The daily mileage was measured with the odometer on the backup vehicle. It may not have been the most accurate way of measuring each mile but it was the only way. I have included Google Maps on most of the days but have omitted a couple. The reason for this is that I completely lost my way and as I have no way of remembering which roads I took, I am unable to give you a half decent map. Please remember too that many roads in towns and cities have changed over the years as have many one-way systems. Therefore the map will show a route through a town or city but it may not be the exact route I took. I can only apologise for this, but I feel it is better to give you some idea of the route rather than give you nothing at all. The other thing to note is that the distance on Google Maps may differ from that of the odometer reading, but as I have no way of knowing which is completely accurate, I shall use the mileage written down in my diary all those years ago.
Nearly all the photos on route were taken by Ted Rayner, my main backup driver. Some days there were no photos taken because I had other backup drivers, so occasionally I have included photos from Google Maps to give you an idea of the sort of scenery I was experiencing during my long journey. You can of course follow the route yourself by going to Google Maps and clicking on Street View.
The charity I raised money for, the Imperial Cancer Research Fund was one of two cancer charities in 1989. The other was The Cancer Research Campaign. On 4 February 2002 they merged and are now known as Cancer Research UK. If you wish to make a donation then please go to the Cancer Research UK website. Thank you.
My 4,000 mile run around the United Kingdom began on April 12th 1989 so that is a good place to start. Please CLICK HERE to begin the journey.