18th Jan, 2020

End is in sight for running pair from Redditch

Imogen Buller 13th Oct, 2017

TWO Redditch runners are taking on the Birmingham International Marathon this weekend in the final stage of an energetic year long fundraising challenge.

Friends Mike Williams and Dan Wolstencroft decided to take on a ‘Lucky 13’ challenge, running 12 half marathons in 12 months, before finishing with a full 26 mile race.

They started in October 2016 at the Great Birmingham Run and have completed 12 half marathons around the country so far, including the Worcester and Wyre Forest half marathons this summer.

Their ‘Lucky 13’ challenge will finish this weekend with a full marathon – the Birmingham International Marathon. When they cross the finish line the pair will have run over 182 miles of races in the last year.

The ambitious challenge is in aid of charitable causes close to the team’s hearts with Mike and Dan choosing to split their sponsorship money equally between The Sick Children’s Trust, The Ups of Downs and The Blue Cross.

Mike said: “At just five months old my niece was rushed to hospital and later diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. During her time at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, the Sick Children’s Trust provided fantastic help and support to enable her parents to stay with her at such a difficult time.”

The pair, both aged 32, have also chosen to support Leamington Spa-based charity The Ups Of Downs, which provides meet up groups for children with Downs Syndrome and their parents.

The duo are hoping to raise at least £1,000 by the time they cross the finishing line this weekend decked out in a Lucky 13 kit donated by local marketing company Studio B61,

Visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Lucky_13 to find out more.

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