Some of you may have seen our stories and posts talking about the Calendar Club wondering what it’s all about. 

It’s a test of endurance, perseverance and both physical and mental fitness. The concept first came about in April 2020. An invitation was announced by Colin O’Brady and Jesse Itzler as a test to see if people could manage it, with the added incentive of charity, by Colin and Jesse. Most long-distance runners can. Des Linden, Samatha Gash, Josh Lynott, Max Dillon are just a few that have completed this challenge.

Max Dillion 📸 Joe Cotterill

It starts off easy but is relentless with each day another mile added to the total distance. The true test is backing it up day after day all while juggling work, life, play with some epic run time.

Day 1: Run 1 mile; Day 2: run 2 miles; Day 3: run 3 miles, and so on.

The first week is almost childs play but as the days go by you end up facing a week of marathons along with an ultra to finish it off. For most runners, there will be a temptation to run more at the start. Why not? You’re feeling good, fresh and in the mood for a nice long run. Then you can even say at the end, hey, I did more than I was supposed to. 

Rookie mistake.

Week 2, the distance starts to build, you start to feel better and might be enjoying the regular routine of getting out there. It starts off with an 8-mile (12.9km) jog. By midweek, you’ve just over the 10-mile (16.1km) mark, a normal training run for most elite runners. By the end of the week, you would have covered 105-miles (168.9km) total. Then the real game begins. 

Week 3 is a half marathon every day and then some. Now the legs are tired. A recovery routine is an absolute must – it’s all about sleep, eat and repeat. In week 3, you cover an additional 126-miles (202.7km). That’s a grand total of 231-miles (371.7km). 

Week 4 is just plain silly. If you are able to keep pace to about 9 mins (5.35min/km) per mile, you’ll be spending 4-5 hours out there daily, running this week. You’ll be burning well over 1500 calories each day. This is when most start dividing the sessions and knocking out the distance with 2-3 runs each day. It can get overwhelming and feel impossible. This is when it becomes not only a physical challenge but a mental one too. 

Day 30: 30-miles (48.2km). This is it! You already have 435-miles (700km) in the bag, what’s another 30 right?!  

Adelaide to Melbourne – 449 miles
Edinburgh to Torquay – 450 miles

We are not sure what’s worse: the 29-mile day or the 30. Anyone that does the Calendar Club will agree that the last week is brutal. On the final day, there is a bubble of hope, the anticipation of a rest day. The sheer relief that you have made it this far, so what’s another 30. The body does marvellous things when under pressure, the inner euphoria of it all helps and 6,7, 8, or who knows how many hours later. You are done!! You can breathe a sigh of relief and tell yourself- I AM NEVER DOING THIS CHALLENGE AGAIN – said no one ever!

Max Dillon celebrating the completion of Calendar Club solo in January 2021 📸 Joe Cotterill