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TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE T


he Cancer Research UK sports team is present at over 100 events throughout the year, both in the UK


and internationally. So, no matter what your age or fitness level, there’s an event for you and Cancer Research UK will be there to support you on your run. Best friends Andy Lloyd and Dan


Barnett completed a truly amazing challenge last year by running 10 half marathons to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. They took on the gruelling task in memory of their close friend, Adam Beddard, who died aged 25 after a 10-year battle with cancer. Andy said: “Throughout his brave


struggle Adam was an inspiration to so many people. He got on with life and made everyone around him happy. We wanted to undertake a huge challenge to honour him.” The indomitable pair ran their final


race in Birmingham on Sunday 24th October 2010 in fancy dress, with Andy donning Adam’s trademark trilby hat and carrying a cane in memory of the way their friend, with his charm and swagger, easily transformed what was


essentially a necessary walking aid into a cool fashion accessory. Dan said: “Completing the race was a


great feeling, it’s such a big event. Andy wore Adam’s trademark trilby hat and cane, and I wore a morph suit covering me from head to toe, just to make the last run a bit more challenging!” Andy said: “I also ran with a collection


bucket to collect money around the course round and raised £197. It got a bit heavy towards the end but with Ad’s family there to cheer us over the line, it made the last stretch all the more special. To have completed all the runs, raising nearly £3,000 and still counting, is such a great feeling.” Andy’s advice to others: “It’s all about pushing yourself when you’re thinking about giving up. Remember why you’re doing it. More than one in three people get cancer at some point in their lives and people running for Cancer Research UK will help to fight the disease.” n If you have been inspired by this story and would like to raise money for Cancer Research UK, visit www. cancerresearchuk.org/running.


SHELTER’S TOWER RUNNING EVENT, VERTICAL RUSH IS BACK


year and the charity is calling on people across the country to take on this towering challenge to raise money for people in housing need. Vertical Rush is a demanding


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endurance event. Participants race 920 steps to the top of Tower 42, the City of London’s first skyscraper, to raise money for housing and homelessness charity Shelter. Originally inspired by the famous Empire State Building Run-Up in New York, Vertical Rush sees groups of chip-timed runners, who compete individually or in teams, setting off in hourly slots to set their personal bests. On 3 March 2011, Shelter hopes to see


hundreds of people from across the UK lace up their running shoes and take part in this unique event, which last year saw celebrities such as television architect George Clark and Sky Sports


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helter’s award-winning tower running event, Vertical Rush, returns to the capital for a third


Soccer AM presenter Max Rushden scale the 42 floors to the top of the tower. This year, Vertical Rush is part of the


Vertical World Circuit, the Formula 1 of the tower-running world. Other events in the circuit include the world’s first ever tower-running event, the Empire State Building Run-Up in New York, and the Taipei 101 in Taiwan – which until recently was the world’s tallest building. Shelter works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing. They provide advice and support to people in housing need, and campaign for lasting political change to end the housing crisis for good. n To register for visit shelter.org.uk/ verticalrush. Running Free readers can benefit from a discount, simply enter RUNNING FREE into the discount box when registering. For further information, please contact the Shelter Events Team on 0844 515 1190/ verticalrush@shelter.org.uk.


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