Roll up, roll up, here’s your chance to bet against me finishing the Thames Path 100…

Friday, March 15, 2013 AT 17:48 PM Comments0 Comments

Roll up, roll up, here’s your chance to bet against me not finishing the 100 miler next weekend!…5, 10p a mile? Please, please, please…

On Saturday 23 March 2013, I am taking part in the Centurion Running Thames Path 100 both for personal challenge and more importantly to raise money for a very good cause for which we would massively appreciate your support.

A few months ago a friend of mine (Dylan Hall)’s younger brother Callum Hall collapsed after having stepped on a sea urchin whilst on holiday in Greece. The infection caused an epidural abscess in his spine which needed removing as it had burst and the infection spread through his body…he had hours to live. He had life-saving surgery, which was followed by three months at a specialist hospital in Wakefield. Cal, who is 20 years old, is now paralysed from the chest downwards.

Fortunately, Cal is also incredibly optimistic and is determined to regain the use of his legs and even has ambitions of competing in the Paralympics in Brazil in 2016. He has managed to wiggle his toes and twitch his knee but realises that his recovery will take some time. His attitude and determination has been inspiring! I hope I can do him justice next weekend!

Any money I manage to raise will go towards equipment such as an “Easy Stand” (which will help Cal stand on his feet and aims to connect the brain back to the legs) and an FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) bike which helps to get his leg muscles working again and again connect the brain to his legs. Now that he has been discharged from hospital, he is dependent upon this equipment to continue his recovery.

Please donate whatever you can – £5-10 would be amazing (that’s just 10p per mile!) – to help Callum get back on his feet (literally) and incentivise me to actually make the distance!

You can donate here: Please enter “Bens100-ish” into the special instructions section. Alternatively, you can donate by cheque or if you would prefer to give me cash, I will make a lump sum donation after the event.

For more info on the Trust please see here or

There’s also been an amazing response in the national press for Cal, which has lifted his spirits and spurred him on:

Thanks in advance for your support,


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