April 2004 |
Saturday 10th ~ Paris Eiffel Tower to Chantilly Town
11th ~ Chantilly to Beauvais
Monday 12th ~ Beauvais to Gourmay on Bray
13th ~ Gourmay on Bray to St Saens
Wednesday 14th ~ St Saens to Dieppe (night
Thursday 15th ~ Dieppe to Hayward Hill (Newhaven)
~ Hayward Hill to Nuffield Marsh Saturday 17th ~ Nuffield Marsh to London to register
Sunday 18th ~ London Marathon
Monday 19th ~ London Pall Mall to Watford Tuesday
20th ~ Watford to Luton
Wednesday 21st ~ Luton to Milton Keynes Thursday 22nd
~ Milton Keynes to Northampton Friday 23rd ~ Northampton to Coventry
24th ~ Coventry to Tamworth (home town)
Sunday 25th ~ Stafford to Stoke on
Trent Monday 26th ~ Stoke on Trent to Congleton Tuesday 27th ~ Congleton to Warrington
Wednesday 28th ~ Warrington to Wigan Thursday 29th ~ Wigan to Leyland
30th ~ Leyland to Blackpool (Tower)
people helped by Dreams Come True.
"Dreams Come True
have provided wonderful memories, which will help them cope with the difficult
see her riding the specially made tricycle...to see her happy face, brought tears
to the eyes of everyone connected with her."
future is uncertain, as surgical intervention has not been possible. She has not
coped particularly well to date, so your gift has been a real tonic."
From the Dreams Come True website
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paramedic Ray Edensor has achieved his aim of raising tens of thousands
of pounds for charity - by running.
ran 20 marathons in an astounding 20 days while carrying a 20lb
pack - ending up in Blackpool with an escort from the 1 Offs
Bike & Trike Club (right)!
It was all in aid of the 'Dreams Come True' charity - who help seriously
ill children achieve their dreams. The Challenge is part of an even
larger commitment by Ray to raise £200,000 for the charity over
His route, day by day, is completely listed in the box to the left.
Forget the Lord Of The Rings towers, Ray's route took him from
the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Britain's own masterpiece, the Blackpool Tower.
the middle of all this he completed the 26 miles of the London Marathon.
On his way, he kept in touch with BBC Radio Stoke - and you can hear the
interviews now, here on this page.
set...! Leaving the Stafford Ambulance HQ, ready to go to France - talking
on BBC Radio Stoke's Breakfast Show. Ray
and the Two Tower team were about to run around Stafford town centre three times
as a farewell run!|
One - In France, under the Eiffel Tower, Ray talks to BBC Radio Stoke's
Two - In France on Easter Monday on the phone to Den Siegertz - running
from Gourmay on Bray to St Saens, and sunburn has cut in...
- England! Ray got safely to Newhaven and one of the support team, Geoff, told
Den Siegertsz how it was going
- Denholm Siegertsz talks with Geoff Brookes this morning, as Ray starts off on
the London Marathon. Ray's knee is causing him a bit of trouble, so he's taking
the run at a slow pace to enjoy the experience.
- It's Day 13, and Ray is starting to feel the strain. Den caught Ray running
up to Northampton and promises Ray a pint when he meets up with Ray in Blackpool.
- Day 17: Ray has already been through his hometown of Tamworth, and workplace
friends have now gathered to see him through Stafford
Day 18 Its not long till Ray finishes the Two Tower Run. With two days
left before he completes his epic challenge, he tries to keep his spirits up.
Ray is assaulted in Wigan just days away from the finish line. See story
from BBC News
- the finishing line It's an incredibly emotional and noisy occasion as
Ray, in considerable pain, finally crosses the finishing line - and Den was there
Supped and refreshed, an hour after crossing the line, Ray sums up the last month
was accompanied along the Golden Mile to Blackpool's famous Tower
by an honorary escort from bikers and ambulance service motorcycle
outriders, marking the end of his gruelling feat of endurance.
town crier led Ray to a champagne reception in the Traditional Fayre room inside
the Tower where he was greeted by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Blackpool and
where Amy Clennell, a former Dreams Come True recipient, performed her song 'The
It All Began...
The 45 year old from Castlefields, Stafford took up running
in 1994 after attending a series of bad accidents and the death of a close friend.
Not long after tragically losing his father-in-law to cancer, Ray saw an
advert appealing for runners.
Macmillan nurses wanted people to run the London Marathon to raise
money and so Ray took up the challenge and has never looked back!
Marathons For Fun
The average marathon runner burns approx. 2800 calories of energy!
They lose about
1.1 litres of sweat per hour.
70 kg person would lose 6% of their body weight if they finished in four hours.
hydrated is so important that if a runner loses just 2% of their body weight it
can seriously impair their ability to run.
Ray's attempted this kind of mammoth challenge once before, after he and other
paramedics made a 5 year commitment to raise money.
Last year they made £30,000
by running the 208 miles from Stafford to London in full paramedic uniform!
in uniform means Ray's journeys are never dull!
In the New York Marathon
he was running past as a lady who was choking on orange peel collapsed and turned
blue. Grabbing his kit, the paramedic removed the peel and went on to finish the
well as the more mundane requests Ray was once approached by an elderly gentleman
who asked for a container to store his false teeth in because they kept falling
out when he was running!
Ray's favourite story though involves the zip on
his rucksack and a small man's wig!
reason Ray and his colleagues want to raise money is their belief in 'Feel Good
After more than 20 years work as paramedics, they noticed
that when patients had something to look forward to e.g. - Christmas their symptoms
They believe that making people feel good is a very important
part of their job.
Do Come True
Ray has been inspired by the work of the Dreams Come True
Founded in 1988 they've helped hundreds of terminally ill children
fulfil many dreams; everything from meeting Mickey Mouse or a famous pop star
to having specially adapted bikes made to give the kids back some of their freedom.
his efforts will raise as much money as possible, so if you're interested in helping
him in any way then check out his website.
To find out more about Dreams Come True visit their website
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