On a cold morning, my Wolf Pack and I braved the elements to raise money for Leukaemia UK by running in the Spring Wolf Run.
The 10k Run, which takes place 4 times a year in Warwickshire and Leicestershire, has 30 obstacles spread over the course, including mudslides, monkey bars and plunges into ice cold water is not for the faint of heart.
“This was an extreme challenge with all the running I had done for previous challenges, I thought this would be easy but the mixture of climbing, swimming, jumping, scrabbling up slippery surfaces and sliding all over the place has left me aching in places I didn’t know I had muscles all over my body!”
I was joined on this occasion by my brother John-Paul, and long-time friends Craig Randle, Peter Walker-Clarke and Tom Godsmark.
“It seems to be running theme that I say I couldn’t have done it without my friends support, but in this case, it was the physical support of pulling one another around the course that was essential to success.”
WHY LEUKAEMIA UK?
Aprils Charity is Leukaemia UK, who are one of the leading organisations fighting the blood cancer and supporting those affected by it.
Tragically, we lost a close family friend in 2018 to Leukaemia, and miss him to this day, so it feels fitting that I should do something to support to help others that do have a chance to fight this terrible disease.
WHAT’S THE CHALLENGE?
This month’s challenge is the 10k Spring Wolf Run in Warwickshire on April 13th The Wolf Run is a 10k off-road run featuring a series of man-made and natural obstacles located throughout the course. They run four events throughout the year (Spring, Summer Autumn & Winter). The concept behind the Wolf Run was to re-create the feeling of running in natural terrain – a wild run that would allow people to experience natural, raw running conditions as far as possible whilst also presenting runners with a challenging, interesting and enjoyable event.
WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED?
Helping me out on this challenge is close personal friend, Tom Godsmark. Tom has prior experience of the kinds of conditions we are likely to encounter so his experience will be key as we work our way through the Wolf Run obstacles.
A sucker for punishment, Pete will be supported on this run. Pete will be running as part of the team and as well as being an experienced runner who completed the London marathon in 2018, he really knows his onions when it comes to race day preparation.
I’ve managed to rope my brother-in-law Craig into joining our Wolfrun team. Having known Craig for years we know each others’ strengths and weaknesses, something that should come in very handy when tackling the course obstacles.
My brother John will be pulling on a pair of running shoes for the first time in a while and joining us on the Wolf Run. John says that he’s looking forward to getting a ‘little wet and muddy’ in the name of charity.
WHO ARE LEUKAEMIA UK?
Leukaemia UK was founded in 1977 by Derek Mitchell after his wife Isobel was treated for leukaemia at King’s College Hospital in London. Originally named The Elimination of Leukaemia Fund, the charity supported the work of King’s haematology department but grew to be able to offer grants to blood cancer specialists in hospitals across the UK.
Over the last 40 years we have helped to make ground-breaking changes to blood cancer care. Less than three decades ago, there were no beds dedicated to the care of leukaemia patients at King’s and its haematology department was on the brink of closure.
Now, thanks to Leukaemia UK, there are four specialist blood cancer wards at King’s, including the superb Leukaemia Treatment Suite which, fittingly, is named after our founder, Derek Mitchell.
LEUKAEMIA UK TODAY
Many of the changes to blood cancer care pioneered by Leukaemia UK with King’s are now routinely used by hospitals across the country.
Today Leukaemia UK is proud to be making a difference to people living with blood cancer by:
- Funding essential emotional support
- Offering vital help to ease financial worries
- Funding innovative and effective research into better care and treatments for leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood disorders.
- Working closely with hospitals and clinicians to improve care, including funding additional staff, paying for ward and room refurbishments and buying new blood cancer care equipment.
Thanks to the generous support of individual fundraisers, payroll givers and family trusts, Leukaemia UK has made a significant and lasting difference to leukaemia treatment in the UK.
Leukaemia UK relies entirely on your voluntary donations like this from Cheneys Charity Challenges to support us continue our important work.