A Frome man has completed a gruelling 100-mile run in 24 hours, raising more than £2,000 for The Forever Friends Appeal.
Guy Lucas, of Wayside Close, Frome, managed to complete the mammoth South Down 100 run in 24 hours and 26 minutes, finishing in 111th place from 265 starters, 62 of which did not finish.
The inspiration behind the run was Mr Lucas’ father, Paul, who suffered with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for 12 years and died in Bath’s Royal United Hospital at the end of December aged 65.
COPD is the name given to a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.
The ultra marathon started in Winchester and finished in Eastbourne and this year was in aid of the RUH’s Forever Friends Appeal.
Mr Lucas said: “I found the race to be very enjoyable and everything went well for the first 80 miles, it was the last 20 miles that I found extremely tough. They were run through the night when it got cold and windy. I went off course down a very steep and rocky gully for around half a mile and then had to turn around and climb back up it, which had a huge impact on my morale. The finish line at 6.26am was a very welcome site as was the cup of tea, bacon sandwich, hot shower and a chair.
“I would like to thank everyone who has donated to my cause, I have been truly humbled by everybody’s generosity and have received donations from people who I have never met. Myself and my family are extremely grateful that we are able to give something back to the people who cared for our father.”
Jan Witt, legacy officer at the Forever Friends Appeal, said: “We are absolutely thrilled Guy completed such a magnificent challenge in loving memory of his dear dad. The appeal is deeply indebted to him for choosing to support the respiratory unit at the royal united hospital and take this positive approach, whilst still coming to terms with his loss.
“Keeping his dad’s spirit alive in this way whilst raising funds towards the department where his father received such wonderful care over the years, I hope it makes him feel very proud of himself – well done Guy.”
There is still time to sponsor Mr Lucas, visit www.justgiving.com/Guy-Lucas1