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On October 9th 2008 my father Mike passed away after contracting Leukaemia earlier in the year.  We had a tremendous final seven months together with numerous family trips including a memorable balloon ride for his birthday.  During his final week with us we discussed what charity he would to support through me completing the Antarctic Marathon and I was delighted when he suggested Leukaemia Research.  It is a blood cancer which comes in many forms and is contracted by young and old alike.  It is tough to cure and I think we all know of families who have been impacted by it.  Leukaemia Research support fundamental work into finding cures and also provide advice and support to those impacted by the disease.  They are a tremendous team and deserve our help.

I am running the Antarctic marathon as the final leg of the marathon Grand Slam.  This involves completing a marathon on every continent plus the North Pole and has only been completed by 29 people.  Events completed so far are the New Hampshire marathon (USA, Sept 06), North Pole Marathon (April 07), Himalayan Mountain Kingdom Marathon (Bhutan, Nov 07), the 50 mile Thames Path ultra with the river in full flood (UK, Jan 08), the Sahara marathon in the Saharawi refugee camps (Algeria, Feb 08) and most recently a marathon in Sydney Australia (Oct 08).  I will be running marathons at Santiago Chile in December 08 before the Antarctic marathon itself on or about 12th December 08.

The Antarctic Marathon (www.icemarathon.com) is the most southerly marathon in the world.  It is held at 80 deg South on the Antarctic mainland at the foot of the Ellsworth Mountains at an altitude of 3,000 ft.  Temperatures with windchill are expected to be about – 20 C which brings special challenges.  Avoiding frostbite is a key consideration requiring particular care on extremities like fingers, toes, ears, cheeks and nose.  Water and food all quickly freeze if left out and winds in the area can be strong.  The ice itself is also tricky to run on. So a tough race but Leukaemia is also a tough disease.

All funds raised go to Leukaemia Research and no deductions are made for the cost of the trip.  I would like to thank BP who are kindly providing additional donations to Leukaemia Research for this event under their matched giving scheme for employees.

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Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Charity Registration No. 216032

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the only UK charity solely dedicated to research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Your contribution really will make a difference to the lives of the 30,000 people diagnosed every year with a blood cancer. beatingbloodcancers.org.uk

Donations 152

Phenomenal Miles - I read about it in the Bryanston newsletter.

Donation by Dave Cocking on 09/02/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Inspirational

Donation by Bill Hill on 05/02/09

£40.00

+ £11.28 Gift Aid

well done

Donation by Martyn Smith on 05/02/09

£50.00

Well done Miles, but what's next?

Donation by Mark Taylor on 21/01/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Amazing work, Miles......well done.....

Donation by Jim Todd on 14/01/09

£50.00

Well done, the family are proud of you

Donation by June Crowden on 14/01/09

£25.00

Well done Miles, wonderful achievement.

Donation by Mary & Michael MacClancy on 13/01/09

£26.20

+ £7.39 Gift Aid

well done Miles, what an amazing achievement.

Donation by Jo Obertell on 12/01/09

£10.00

So sorry to hear about your Dad. Well done Miles on a fantastic achievement.

Donation by Mike Hakes on 12/01/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Well done on achievement

Donation by Chris Drew on 10/01/09

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Donation by Pat O'Bryan on 06/01/09

£50.00

Would be churlish not to sponsor you after not only completing the set but also winning the last one! Well done Miles, good one.

Donation by Simon Day on 06/01/09

£100.00

+ £28.21 Gift Aid

Great achievement Miles, congratulations

Donation by Tim Summers on 05/01/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Donation by Donna Riley on 05/01/09

£50.00

Wow! ... I'm Colin Whitehead's sister - he forwarded the account

Donation by Alison Whitehead on 05/01/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Well done Miles! I hope you've returned frost-bite-free! Sorry I'm late responding but hopefully I'm still in time.

Donation by Eleanor Stirling on 05/01/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

congratulations Miles, a fantastic achievement

Donation by mike bourne on 05/01/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Many congratulations Miles, I enjoyed reading about your exploits on the WVR website, very inspirational! Hope to see you in the new year.

Donation by Kevin Pedley on 04/01/09

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

congrats Miles , great effort

Donation by chris reddick on 04/01/09

£75.00

+ £21.15 Gift Aid

Great stuff - well done.

Donation by Mike Hobson on 04/01/09

£50.00

Fantastic achievement Miles - well done you! Looking forward to hearing more about it when you get back

Donation by Olive Fitzpatrick on 03/01/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Inspirational... A wondeful achievement...and a great account

Donation by Colin Whitehead on 03/01/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Amazing and I thought the cross Dorset relay was tough!!

Donation by Yvonne Fossey on 01/01/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

well done Miles. A great acheivement. You inspire me to do the same

Donation by Paula Kingdon on 31/12/08

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Well done Miles. Hope you returned with all your extremities intact!!

Donation by Keith & Linda on 31/12/08

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£8,689.90
  • Offline donations£2,150.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£10,839.90
  • Gift Aid£2,092.14

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