With all those evenings running in the wind and rain, the ups and downs of taking part in races together and the advice you rely upon when you have a niggling injury, its little surprise that your running buddies become a great source of support. One club, Newcastle’s Gosforth Harriers, are showing how true this sentiment is by organising a 140 mile coast-to-coast run to raise money for one of their members, Drew Graham.
Drew, a former Northern champion, was involved in an unfortunate swimming accident in September and broke his C4 vertebrae. Now a resident in Texas, Drew represented the club as a 9-year old, setting records over 800m, 1500m & the mile. After securing a scholarship at the Adam State University in Colorado, the 29-year-old became a cross-country coach.
The challenge has been organised to raise funds for the medical costs as Drew undergoes an intensive programme of rehabilitation over the coming months.
Scheduled for 5 December, Gosforth Harriers have put in place a 140 mile relay from Whitehaven to Tynemouth. Team members will run a minimum of four legs of five miles each with the aim of completing the course within 24 hours.
Gosforth Harriers are hoping to raise a minimum of £1000, their Justgiving page reads: “Drew has a long fight ahead of him and will go through an intensive programme of rehabilitation over the coming months. All of the funds raised will go directly to the cost of treatment and rehabilitation.”
“Drew is resident in America and is required to personally meet the cost of his own treatment. We would be extremely grateful for any donation you can afford to make - Every little will help Drew immensely. Please support this inspirational man who has achieved so much.”
You can read more about the challenge here.