Francis runs London-Brighton for cancer care at St Bartholomew’s

13 Jun 2016

One dedicated fundraiser – Francis Keay – ran an amazing 100km in 16 hours in an ultra-marathon from London to Brighton last weekend, in support of the Bodley Scott cancer wards at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

He’s raised nearly £5,000 – a fantastic amount, all of which will make a huge difference to patients with cancer on the wards, and the staff helping to deliver the best care to them.

Francis tells the story of his journey here:

“I was delighted to be running for Barts Charity having seen first-hand over the last six months the amazing work that the doctors and nurses deliver to cancer patients on the Bodley Scott wards.

“London to Brighton is a classic route that many know from the cycle race, but is becoming popular with runners, too.

“It started in Old Deer Park, Richmond at 6:45am – some running it in one day, others walking it over two days.

“The course heads out of London through Sutton and Coulsdon, and then through the picturesque South Downs. The final challenge is Ditchling Beacon – the third highest point on the South Downs – just before arriving into Brighton.

“It started clear before getting pretty warm, but I managed to avoid the torrential rainstorms that Brighton had in the morning!

“The atmosphere of ultras is different from marathons – there’s much more camaraderie between runners; everyone looks out for each other. I learnt a lot about the motivations of others, which helped to pass the long hours on the course.

“It was a fantastic feeling crossing the finish line at Brighton Racecourse to see smiling faces and a warm meal!”

You can support Francis and help him to £5,000 on his fundraising page.

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