In conversation with Big C fundraisers the Rum Ol' Runners
As we approach our 250th Anniversary, we have launched the Jarrold 250 Charity Initiative to raise money for three local charities, one of which is the Big C. We are always inspired by the amazing fundraising stories from our local sporting heroes, motivating us all to raise as much as possible for our chosen charities.
We recently caught up with the ‘Rum Ol' Runners’ Jonny Littlewood and Lewie Weatherburn, physiotherapists from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, who have embarked on a gruelling running challenge to raise vital funds for the Big C.
The ‘Rum Ol' Runners’ Lewie Weatherburn and Jonny Littlewood. Photography: Kyle Harper
Can you tell us more about your fundraising challenge?
We are both amateur runners who have decided to take our running adventures one step further to raise money for charity, setting ourselves the challenge of running the West Highland Way in Scotland in May 2019. The run is over 96 miles in total and we’re aiming to complete this in 3 and a half days, averaging over a marathon a day.
We picked the West Highland Way because we love the outdoors and the sense of adventure, and the distance was a suitable challenge for us to need to really train hard!
What has been your inspiration for this challenge?
Working in a hospital we encounter lots of people who are affected by cancer in some way. We have decided to take on the challenge to show our support for The Big C and the NNUH Boudicca breast cancer appeal, as we realise the effort we are putting into this challenge is a drop in the ocean in comparison to some of the challenges faced by those going through cancer treatment.
The Big C do amazing work supporting people with cancer and their loved ones in Norfolk and Waveney, whilst also funding vital research into the future of cancer care. The Boudicca appeal has recently launched and aims to raise £800,000 to build a new breast cancer screening unit to support the diagnoses of breast cancer.
How have you been preparing for the challenge?
We have been preparing by gradually increasing our weekly mileage, fitting in as many early morning runs before work and long runs on our weekends off as possible. On New Years Day we decided to run 20.19 miles to see in 2019!
How have you been fundraising?
We have tried lots of fun ways to fundraise, from cake sales at the hospital to a quiz night which raised over £600. We have also organised a Charity Ball, which we have sold over 250 tickets for! We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from friends, family, colleagues, strangers, and some of Norfolk’s best businesses who have kindly donated raffle prizes for our quiz night and charity ball
The Rum Ol’ Runners Charity Ball is being held on April 27th at Sprowston Manor and will include a raffle with some great prizes, including a £50 gift card from Jarrold Intersport.
If you would like to support the Rum Ol’ Runners, attend the Ball or find out more information about their challenge, then discover more on their justgiving and Instagram accounts.