A Lettings Manager at Martin & Co Oxford is preparing to undertake an enduring 74 mile run to raise money for the UK’s largest cancer care and support charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.
Over the course of two days, Richard Goodwin will be running the entire circumference of the Isle of Wight, in a challenge that will not only test his endurance but will also involve tackling 550ft hills and the famous coastline’s multi-terrain.
Richard will be joined by his teammates, Michael Dobson (Captain), Giles Devlin, Steve Clerkin and Gary Nulty on the challenge, which will start and end in the island’s western town of Yarmouth.
But experienced runner Richard is not afraid of the challenge. Since 2010, Richard has completed at least 2 or 3 physical challenges a year, dedicating his funds and efforts to Macmillan Cancer Support. In coming months, Richard will also be competing in the Mizuno Endure 24 event, a 24-hour endurance running challenge, and Tough Mudder, a 12-mile muddy obstacle course.
Richard said: “I like to push myself to the limit, but just when I think I have, I find another mad challenge that pushes me just a little but further. I love taking part in these events and the fact that I can raise money for such a worthwhile cause gives me the motivation to push through the pain and torture.
“So many people are affected by cancer. Two million people are living with it, so this is our way of helping to try and beat this terrible illness. These events are an effective way of fundraising and this is easily my toughest one yet, as the overall distance is just shy of three marathons! I am always on the look out for new and exciting challenges that I can take on; I have no plans to stop yet!”
Martin & Co Oxford franchise owner, Bob Urwin said: “The whole team are really proud of Richard and his fantastic fundraising efforts. Every time he comes into the office to tell us about his next challenge we think it can’t get any harder, but then he goes and signs up for another one. We all wish him the best of luck!”
Richard and his teammates will be taking part in the Isle of Wight Coastal Path Challenge on the 9-10 August, and will be breaking up the challenge into four stages of just under two 20-mile runs a day. To support the team and make a donation visit: www.justgiving.com/teams/iow74.