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Monday, 06 July 2015

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Parton is such sweet sorrow for runner Andrew

A WHITEHAVEN man who ran 120 miles in three days said the hardest stretch was Parton Long Mile!

Andrew Robinson was greeted by around 60 family and friends at the town’s harbourside on Monday evening after he completed his remarkable Coast to Coast journey.

He had ran around 40 miles a day, starting from Seaton Carew in Hartlepool, to raise over £3,000 in aid of the charity, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS).

“I couldn’t have done it without the support of everyone. It has been overwhelming’’ Andrew said.

After training for six months, he ran the route in rain, mist and blazing sun. “The longest I had previously ran in one day was 32 miles, so when I was completing 42 miles on the first day every mile seemed to get longer.

“Finishing on the first day I thought ‘That’s the worst bit over’,’’ he said. “And then on the second day, I thought again “Well, that’s the worst over!”

Keeping him going throughout the journey were his brother-in-law Ray McKew, who cycled alongside him, and friend, Andrew Routledge who drove a support van. He was also supported on route by wife, Rosina, five-year-old daughter, Scarlett, and sister-in-law, Val McKew.

Heading into West Cumbria on day three, Andrew admitted he was “shattered. My body was drained’’. He rallied following support from his Sellafield colleagues, Neil Docherty, Alan Relph, and Joe Fox, who accompanied him on cycles, and his friend, Martin Barwise who ran with him for the final part of the route.

“I think Parton Long Mile was the hardest part,’’ Andrew laughed. “When I reached Whitehaven harbour I couldn’t believe there were so many people waiting for me.’’

Andrew was raising money and awareness for SOBS who helped him following the suicide of his brother, Ian, four years ago.

“When I went running during the low times it would give me time to clear my head,’’ Andrew explained. “Contacting SOBS let me know that other people have gone through the same, that I wasn’t on my own.’’


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