What happens when a determined ultra-marathon runner meets one of the toughest and most challenging long-distance races in the UK?
He gets a 4 berth motorhome to help him on his way.
Keith Robins runs The West Highland Way Race
Keith Robins from Stafford will be taking part in the 95-mile West Highland Way Race this coming weekend and along with his trusted crew and support from his friends and family, he will also have the provision of one of the most trusted and reliable motorhomes available, the Carado, loaned by Travelworld’s Rent Easy team.
With great build quality, large beds for all the crew after an energetic day on the road and ample space for equipment, there is no better travelling companion!
The Carado will take Keith and the team up to the start of the race in Milngavie, Glasgow and through the checkpoints up to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.
Known as one of the long-established and challenging ultra-marathons, the West Highland Way Race and Keith are no strangers.
Keith previously ran the race in a very commendable 32.5 hours, but this time, he is determined to beat his previous time and complete the race in under 30 hours.
Keith’s charity – Shropshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire Blood Bikes
Our Rent Easy team has been delighted to help Keith, who will be raising money for Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire Blood Bikes.
Blood Bikes provides a crucial service transporting urgent blood products, breast milk and other vital equipment to hospitals, free of charge, in all of those areas.
You can find out more about the Shropshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire Blood Bikes charity and look at ways in which you can support their work on their website.
Keith and the team were supplied with some good old Travelworld tee shirts to speed them on their way.
Keep up with Keith… Follow #KeepUpWithKeith on social media
Do you want to know how Keith is getting on? Maybe you are hoping for a glimpse of some of the fantastic scenery in the West Highlands to inspire your next motorhome trip?
Or perhaps you are looking for some real-time tips on how to face the challenge of an ultra-marathon? Maybe you simply want to see the Carado in action…Whatever your motivation, you can keep up with Keith’s progress on the road on this blog or by following us on social media using #KeepUpWithKeith. You can follow Keith’s journey with us on Twitter.
Friday 22nd June 2018
Keith and the team are raring to go and headed off up the M6 to the West Highland way. Might even get chance for a couple of quick stops along the way. We wish Keith all the best on his courageous quest. It’s going to be tough. 95 miles is no easy challenge at all.
Saturday 23rd June 2018
After a difficult journey up the M6 with traffic yesterday, Keith got off to a good start at 1 am this morning. The crew are encouraging Keith who finished at the first check point with a very respectable four hours! But a fall overnight at the following stage has slowed Keith’s journey down.
Latest on Keith – Monday July 9th
Unfortunately, Keith had to pull out of the race at 71 miles. At 21 miles he fell over and suffered an injury to his leg. Despite his best efforts to continue, he had to finish the race early.
Keith said that although he didn’t manage to finish, taking part did not affect his overall enjoyment. He said: “I think you need to experience both finishing and not finishing to fully appreciate the spirit of the West Highland Way Race.”
He added that taking the Carado motorhome on the trip was a ‘big advantage’ and was really suited to open spaces like the ones throughout the Scottish Highlands.
He said: “The finishes in the Carado were first class and the garage storage at the rear, we found a particularly positive feature. We stowed a bike (the Carado comes with a 2-bike rack) but there were masses of room for the kit bags and boxes too and inside the Carado is like a tardis for storage with plenty under the fixed beds and in the various wall cupboards.”
Keith and his crew also favoured the fridge in the Carado as well as the pull-down bed which drops down at the click of a button.
Despite not completing Keith has still managed to raise over £1,000 ( with more still to come) for Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood Bikes, and he says he has not dismissed the idea of taking part again next year.
We’re really thankful to Keith for keeping us updated on his journey and for sharing such a great range of lovely photos. Here are just a few of them: