Project manager completes 69-mile ultra-marathon

Rob and Scott Rob South (left) and his housemate Scott at the start of The Wall run

Most people wince at the idea of running a "normal" 26-mile marathon, but infrastructure manager Rob South enjoyed the Brighton version so much he wanted to attempt something more challenging.

He and his housemate therefore decided to join 500 competitors last Saturday for a 69-mile ultra race across the top of England.

Starting at Carlisle Castle in the morning, they ran a route parallel to Hadrian's Wall, over roads and hills, reaching Gateshead Millennium Bridge just before midnight.

"Once we decided to raise the bar we thought why not go big?" explains Rob.

They finished the race in 16 hours, coming in at a respectable 163rd place after his housemate Scott picked up an injury during the 28th mile.

Scott and Rob The finish line was on Gateshead Millennium Bridge

"It's quite a long time but you just go into autopilot and think about where you're going and the next stage," says Rob. "The feeling of relief and sense of achievement when you've finished is definitely worth it."

He has so far raised £1400 for two charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, which provided assistance to his grandfather before he died last year.

The other beneficiary is Kent Air Ambulance, who responded to an accident involving his step-brother.

"Unfortunately he was killed in a motorcycle crash but the Air Ambulance crew was very close to saving him and they did everything they could. Since then they have always been a charity that my family support."

He adds that, as fundraising events becomes more popular, "I sometimes feel bad asking people to sponsor. But I thought this one is a bit different so I'm definitely going to nag people about it."

You can donate here.


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