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‘Marathon Man’ Gary Herring raises £3,250 for Charity

June, 1, 2017

Cardiff-based Associate, Gary Herring, has raised an incredible £3,255 for Cumbrian charity, Brathay Trust, after running ten marathons in ten days.

Gary Herring running his tenth marathon

Gary Herring running his tenth marathon

Billed as the UK’s ultimate endurance running event and described by Bear Grylls as an “epic challenge”, the Brathay 10in10 requires participants to run the same 26.2 mile-long route around Windemere, England’s largest lake, over ten consecutive days.

The feat saw Gary:

  • Run 262 miles over ten days – more than the distance from Cardiff to Newcastle-upon-Tyne – at an average speed of around 8mph
  • Spend more than 33 hours running and 40 hours in physio
  • Burn a total of 32,000 calories
  • Climb 14,000 ft – the equivalent of half way of Mount Everest
  • Get through two pairs of trainers
  • Become the third fastest person to complete the event in its 11-year history

After completing his last marathon on 21 May, Gary had smashed his original £3,000 fundraising target. 

Gary said, “I’m delighted – and frankly very surprised – that I’ve managed to complete this challenge in one piece. The physical and emotional strain over the ten days was as relentless as the hills of the course, particularly in the middle days before the end was in sight, but the fact that I and 12 team mates – some of whom were not ‘regular’ runners – did so is proof that the human body is remarkably resilient and capable of far more than most people think.

“I was inspired to take on the challenge by others who have done so in previous years, so as well as to raise as much money as possible for Brathay Trust – a charity who reach out to some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the UK – my hope was always that I might in turn inspire other ordinary people to step out of their comfort zone and realise their potential.

“I’d like to sincerely thank my colleagues at Horwich Farrelly, and our clients, for their exceptional support in the build up to and throughout this challenge, which helped immensely in getting me through when the going got tough.”

If you would like to make a donation please visit Gary’s JustGiving page.

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