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I am trying to raise funds for Thumbs Up To Charlie Foundation, this foundation has been set up in memory of Charlie John Robinson who in April of 2021 at the age of 5 years lost his 3 year battle with Ependymoma Brain Tumour. This Foundation has been set up by Charlies parents John and Nici Robinson, with the purpose of supporting families through the difficult prognoses of paediatric brain tumours and other paediatric life altering illness's both in the local community and further afield. Their sole aim is to support and enhance families lives in their time of need.
To raise funds I have undertaken a huge personal challenge, I have committed to train from being a non-runner and become an Ultra Marathon Runner.
In January 2021 I decided that I would enter an Ultra Marathon in May as personal challenge to see if I could train from being a non-runner and become an Ultra Runner, I decided I wanted to see how far I was capable of running in a single event.
Then in April 2021 Charlie John Robinson at the age of 5 years lost his 3 year battle with Ependymoma Brain Tumour. I decided that I wanted to help in anyway I could and my original personal challenge spiralled into a challenge of massive proportions, and I am now entered into a series of Ultra Marathons across the year of 2021 there are six in total all different in there own unique way.
There are two reasons for doing these Ultra Marathons these were to inspire other normal people like me that anyone is capable of anything if your prepared to dream big and work hard beyond what you think you are capable of. More importantly to give something back, to do this I want to help raise awareness of a special boy called Charlie Robinson who passed away in April of 2021 and in his name the Thumbs Up For Charlie Foundation was founded.
I will be enduring these huge Ultra Marathon distances in memory of Carlie Robinson and to raise awareness and support for the newly formed Thumbs Up For Charlie Foundation.
The story to now!
Going from being a non-runner to an ultra-runner I had to train as hard as possible and as smart as possible to avoid getting injured and learn as much as I could before I started doing these huge events. From January to May I spent many hours a week training in the gym, running, walking late at night in the dark, rain, sleet, wind and snow, which led to my first Ultra Marathon of the year.
Saturday 8th May
My first Ultra Marathon of the year, The Lap Ultra Marathon, 47 Miles/ 75km, a route that circumnavigates Lake Windermere and traverses over several near by mountains, in the Lake District which I completed in 10 Hours 56 Minutes.
Saturday 23rd May
Two weeks later at the end of May I took part in Windermere Marathon 26 Miles/ 42km which hugs the shoreline of and circumnavigates lake Windermere in the Lake District national park I did this as a training run which I completed in 3 Hours 53 Minutes.
Saturday 19th June
After a few weeks more of training I completed my second Ultra Marathon of the year, This was called The Wall Ultra Marathon and it was 70 Miles/113km from Carlisle to Newcastle following largely Hadrian’s Wall national trail which I completed in 15 hours 2 Minutes.
Saturday 14th August
Taking July to refocus and recover and start training again in August I tackled my third Ultra Marathon of the year and the longest I would do by far, The Dales Way Ultra Marathon 82 Miles/ 132km from Windermere in Cumbria to Ilkley in Yorkshire travelling along The Dales Way National Trail which I completed in 23 Hours and 10 Minutes.
Saturday 18th September
After what felt like a very short gap and a hard month of training it was time for my fourth Ultra Marathon of the year and this one had the most elevation so far over 10,000 ft in total, The Cumbria Way Ultra Marathon 73 Miles/ 118km from Ulverston in Cumbria to Carlisle travelling along The Cumbria Way National Trail which I completed in 22 Hours and 31 Minutes.
Saturday 16th October
My fifth Ultra Marathon of the year, The Yorkshire Three Peaks Ultra Marathon 70km/ 40 Miles. Many people know this route as a 25-mile walk taking in the three peaks of Yorkshire over a 12-hour average walk time, This Ultra Marathon is the same three hills with an extended, self-navigation route over 70km and over 8000ft of ascent with a cut of time of 18 hours. I managed this race in 10 hours 41 minutes.
Saturday 6th November
A last minute descision I added a extra Ultra Marathon to my callender. Mainly as I thought not doing one in November left a gap in my challenge. This was the White Rose Ultra 30 Miles/ 50km of trails and roads with an 8 hour cut off and it was nice to do a race that i finished in dayligh for a change. I did this race in a time of 5 Hours 58 Minutes.
Saturday 4th December
Finally my seventh planned Ultra Marathon of the year, The Montane Cheviot Goat Ultra Marathon 55 Miles/88km with a cut off of 24 hours. This may seem doable as it is one of the shortest, I have entered. But I chose this Ultra Marathon as it has the reputation of being one of the toughest in the UK. It is a self-navigated 24 hour slog around the Cheviot Hill in the middle of winter, mainly in the dark and alone with more elevation over that distance than anything I have done so far.
I need your support to get me through these huge events and help me raise funds for a really important foundation. I really want to hit my target before Christmas of 2021.
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Dec 5, 2021
Amazing achievement, I’m sure Charlie was with you all the way 👍💙
Dec 5, 2021
I loved hearing all your tales of the ultras at football on a Saturday! You are just totally amazing!!
Dec 5, 2021
Congratulations Craig. By they way I don't want a pint G&T would be good 🤣😂. Well done you
Dec 5, 2021
Dec 5, 2021
Well done Craig you’ve become a changed man well done for all your efforts after reading your story and what’s happened in the last year you deserve another donation Great effort old friend
Dec 5, 2021
Incredible effort, Incredible journey, incredible man. Salute.
Dec 4, 2021
Congratulations on such an amazing challenge for a very special charity
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