Running The Length of Wales for Size of Wales

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Update: On day 3 of his 5 day challenge, Craig unfortunately suffered a painful ligament injury to his right foot and ankle. This has put a hold on the remaining part of his run but just until Craig has rested and is fighting fit again. We will keep you posted.
Craig is incredibly thankful for all the support and donations he’s received so far in aid of Size of Wales and is itching to carry on with his challenge as soon as possible.


Craig Hughes, is taking on the incredible feat of running the length of Wales to raise funds for Size of Wales. Below, he writes for us about his upcoming challenge:

“My passion is nature, but running is a close second. In school I had not been remotely interested in running.  Don’t get me wrong, I’d give it all and generally done alright, but I found running to be so tedious. Not anymore however!  A few years ago I needed something to occupy my mind and I am now a running addict.  Especially trail running where I get the chance to explore and see things and go places I couldn’t go if I was in a car or on a bike.

I mainly run a couple of 10k’s a week, but I thought, what I can do to push myself? What can I do that will get people interested in helping me raise funds for a great cause?

“Well, I decided on a cause first and foremost – the Size of Wales charity.  Size of Wales has served their original aim of protecting an area of rainforest the Size of Wales and is now well on their way to doubling this impact by protecting another 2 million ha. The charity encourages the people of wales to help tackle climate change by taking simple positive actions. They work with schools and businesses to raise funds for forests and raise awareness of the importance forests in tackling climate change.

“Deforestation and degradation of the world’s forests causes more CO2 emissions than all the world’s transport combined (meaning planes, trains, cars, vans and ships!). Size of Wales works with forest projects in Africa and South America to help conserve existing tropical forests and support sustainable management of forests. All their projects work directly with forest communities in country. Their projects in South America currently cover over 2 million hectares, and they are now aiming to protect another 2 million hectares in Africa.

“Size of Wales also work with a flagship tree planting project which aims to plant 10 million trees and increase forest cover in Uganda. This project also plants a tree for every child born or adopted in Wales, as part of the Welsh Government’s innovative Plant! scheme. – (Size Of Wales)

“With such a massive challenge in front of me, I wanted to raise the bar and raise funds and awareness for a great environmental cause.  So I’m running the length of Wales for Size of Wales.

My passions outside of running include the environment, rugby and my children.  When thinking about what I could do to not only make myself proud, but also my children, running the length of Wales seemed like the logical choice.

“In June 2017 I shall be running from the southernmost point of our wonderful nation (Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan) and arriving in the northernmost part (Llanbadrig, Ynys Mon) hopefully no more than 5 days later.  187 miles of pure joy. It will be gruelling but I’m looking forward to taking in some fantastic views.

I also hope to take my companion Stanley, a border collie cross on the journey too….He’s fitter than me so hopefully he will pick up the slack!

So if you do have any spare pennies, please do take a look at my fundraising page.  Anything will be gratefully received and every penny will be going to the charity itself. Size of Wales also have a fantastic match funding facility so all your donations will be doubled before being sent to the forest projects!

You can follow my training process via twitter @187cymru

Diolch yn fawr!


If you are inspired by Craig’s journey please share his donation link. Every penny raised goes to Size of Wales and will be matched to make an even bigger impact on the rainforest projects we support.