Up and Running…


Whew…..first part of the challenge – route planning, logistics, setting up social media, blog and charity giving site finally completed…..the small matter of running 505 miles whilst climbing three mountains should be a piece of cake from here on…..talking of cake here is my super easy recipe for power flapjack bars that can be made easily with only a camping stove (did i mention i spend alot of my time living in a camper van!?) I will also be camping at some point during my challenge run and needing to replenish flapjack supplies, obviously!….


  • 250g Rolled Oats
  • 125g Butter
  • 2-3tbsps Golden Syrup
  • Bar of your favourite chocolate (dark chocolate is best)
  • 50-100g of your preferred trail magic – crushed nuts, raisins, chia seeds, sesame, dried cranberries, toasted almonds….the world’s your wigwam..

Melt the butter slowly with the golden syrup in a pan over a low heat. (I removed the usual sugar from the standard flapjack recipe as it just doesnt need it, these are sweet enough,  with a kick of energy without getting a heady sugar rush). When fully melted and warm, add the rolled oats and give it a really good mix. Now is where you can get creative…mix in a handful of your favourite trail mix items- finely chopped nuts and dried fruits, seeds  etc- you can vary these to provide different flavoured flapjacks.

Separately, chop up the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. (Never try to melt chocolate directly in the pan – it will burn, which is not only a tragic waste of chocolate but a pain in the tentpeg to get off your camping pan!)

Finally, mix the melted chocolate into the oaty, nutty, fruity mix and bind it together well. You can now shape it into your preferred snack shape and size – bars, patties, cubes or balls. Wrap these individually in cling film to hold together and protect you and everything around you from chocolaty sticky goo while they cool and set. Warning- this part is a bit messy.

They will set overnight in a cool tent though perhaps store them further away if there is a possibility of bears in your camp ! These power flapjacks dont need to be baked and when the chocolate resets they hold their solid form perfectly for your rucksack picnic the next day or three…..lush!