2018 in 2018

Following on from the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 threads I hope we are all up for the 2018 in 2018 challenge! Will you go for 2018 miles, or like me will 2018k be the target?

Over the last four years my trivia knowledge has improved enormously with interesting facts posted matching either the number left or the number completed. Look back at the previous threads for ideas.

On a personal note I am shortly to turn 64 and have managed the challenge for three of the last four years. If I can do it, you can! A bit of a close shave in 2014 but the challenge was a major motivator in keeping the training going. Injured in 2017 unfortunately but will give 2018 a go. You will hopefully find the thread a positive support! All are most welcome!

Progress is rarely a straight line. There are always bumps in the road, but you can make the choice to keep looking ahead.


  • So, to put some figures on the 2018 in 2018 challenge:

    To achieve 2018 kms, or miles, you would need to average 5.53 kilometres or miles a day for the 365 days. That averages out a 38.7 per week, i.e. 24.1 miles a week.

    If you work in kms, like I do, you need to average 8.9k a day or 62.3k per week to achieve the 2018miles.

    2018 miles is 3247.66k; 2018k is 1253.93 miles

    Progress is rarely a straight line. There are always bumps in the road, but you can make the choice to keep looking ahead.
  • I'm in!

    7.07 miles done, 2011 miles to go. Yes I'm trying for 2018 miles.

    In 2011
    Fidel Castro resigns after 45 years rule in Cuba and Osama bin Laden is killed by US forces in Pakistan. 
  • 6k done!

    2012 of course saw the London Olympics where I was fortunate to watch a range of sports.
    Progress is rarely a straight line. There are always bumps in the road, but you can make the choice to keep looking ahead.
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    Okay, 2018miles it is. 9.7 down. 2008.3 to go. Went to see WALL-E 2008.
  • 9.3km done this morning. 2008.7 to go!...

    Actually the real target is to beat the 2800km I did this year and complete the 2018km before 5th September!

    Good luck everyone :)
  • A further 3k brings me to 2009.

    2009 was The International Year of Reconciliation. Suspect it never caught on.
    Progress is rarely a straight line. There are always bumps in the road, but you can make the choice to keep looking ahead.
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    edited January 2018
    12miles, so down to 1996.3. I was at university in 1996. I got a grant. Remember them?
    Checking I only did 1600miles last year. Unlikely to make it but what the hell. Barring injury we'll see how close I can get.
  • 16k done 2002k to go
    In 2002, the Euro € became legal currency in 12 EU countries.
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    edited January 2018
    8.2miles. 1988.1 to go. Nicolas Witchell sits on a gay rights activist during the 6 o'clock news. They are very comfy.
  • 24k done 1994k to go
    In 1994 Lidl opened its first 10 stores in the UK
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    edited January 2018
    14.35miles. 1973.7. With the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling abortion became a constitutional right in the US.
  • 42.59 miles done, 1975.41 to go

    In 1975
    The Vietnam war ends as Communist forces take Saigon and South Vietnam surrenders. 
  • A slow start for me, but that is deliberate given I am just recovering from the Achilles injury. Quite happy to have clocked just under 30k. 

    The 1988 Olympics in Seoul saw 5 GB gold medals including the men's hockey team, Adrian Moorhouse in the pool and Steve Redgrave in a boat.
    Progress is rarely a straight line. There are always bumps in the road, but you can make the choice to keep looking ahead.
  • 46k done 1972k to go
    1972: Edward Heath PM, miners strike, UK unemployment exceeds 1000000 and troops fatally shoot 14 demonstrators in Derry, an event that has come to be known a 'Bloody Sunday'.
  • Week 1 of the year done and 65.4km done. Its been a tough week with temperatures climbing and humidity being crippling but at least I'm not down in Sydney where yesterday temperatures hit 47.5C!!!!!

    Anyway - well on target at this early stage. 1953km remaining

    1953: Edmund HIllary & Tensing Norgay summit Everest in May and make a pact never to tell who stepped up first. In June a young Queen Elizabeth is crowned....
  • Glad it's winter here DA, a pleasant 26-27 degrees, not looking forward to the summer temps of high 40s and an electricity bill that would feed a small country!
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    3.9miles on treadmill at gym. 1969.8 left. 1969 Lulu the elephant steps on John Noakes foot and craps on the Blue Peter studio floor.
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    Another 17.5miles chewed up. 1952.3 left. 1952 the Great Smog of London.
  • 82k down 1935 to go ...
    In 1935 the Ramblers Association was formed
    and the Driving Test became compulsory (although this was later suspended during WWII - my father gained his full driving licence after having held a provisional licence without incident)
  • 62 miles done, 1956 to go...

    In 1956
    the Winter Olympics are held in Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy). I visited there once and stood at the top of the ski jump, there is no way I'd ever contemplate ski jumping!
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    5miles on treadmill. 1947.3 left. 1947 the first Edinburgh Festival held.
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    11.6miles on tired legs. 1935.7 to run. 1935 Babe Ruth retires.
  • Crazy hot weather around here at the moment (was 29C and 85% humdity at 5:30am yesterday when I stepped out for a 'recovery run' - that nearly killed me!)...

    Still managed to get my weekly mileage done with 68km covered off taking the YTD total to 133

    1885km to go.... 

    1885: Dr W W Grant of Iowa, performs 1st appendectomy!  (That would have been a pretty unpleasant bit of surgery!)
  • 117k done 1901 to go ...
    Queen Victoria died in 1901
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    4.3miles treadmill and 15.9 in mud, flood and snow. Another 20.2miles down. 1915.5 left. 1915 British nurse Edith Cavell arrested, charged and executed by Germany after aiding hundreds of Allied servicemen to escape from occupied Belgium.
  • 10.19 miles today in sunshine and blue skies - sorry JT

    102.88 miles done with 1915.12 miles to go

    in 1915
    the Battles of Gallipoli and Ypres during WWI, also the first time chlorine gas was used

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    9.6miles in sunshine and blue skies but bloody cold. 1905.9 left. 1905 Las Vegas is founded.
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    edited January 2018
    9.1miles today. 1896.8 to go. Hello 19th century. 1896 Newlyn riots. Cornish fishermen start kicking off with each over fishing on the Sabbath. Army sent in to break it up.
  • 150 miles done so 1868 to go

    In 1868
    The first trade union congress is held in Manchester 
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    5 treadmill miles Tues and 17.5miles today. 1874.3 left. 1874 Harry Houdini born.
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