Bletchley man carries 40lb rucksack for 13 miles for Help For Heroes

Wesley Auvache successfully completed MK Half Marathon carrying 40lb for Help for Heroes
Wesley Auvache successfully completed MK Half Marathon carrying 40lb for Help for Heroes

A Bletchley man who has dedicated 2014 to completing four challenges to raise money for Help For Heroes ran the Milton Keynes half marathon carrying 40lb in weight.

Wesley Auvache, 37, of 37 of Buckingham Road, has already completed the Sole Destroyer 10k mud run in Northampton with his wife Lisa, as well as the Brighton Marathon, but Monday proved a tough challenge.

Wearing military style boots and trousers and carrying 40lb in a rucksack, Wesley successfully ran 13 miles through Milton Keynes in 2 hours, 45 minutes and 25 seconds.

He said: “The weather was lovely, all be it a little on the warm side! Starting at the back of the grid I had the opportunity to see some of the other runners who were adding their own twist to events - running with a boat no less!

“The first seven or eight miles whilst hard work were great, the support along the route was excellent with crowds of people cheering us on all through CMK.

“Out to nine miles and it began to get really tough, the bag seemed to be getting heavier and I felt like giving up.

“The marshalls and other runners between this point and mile 12 were what kept me going, and the thought of those so deserving from Help for Heroes put it all into perspective.

“As I approached Mount Farm lake I knew my family and friends would be there to cheer me on through the final stretch and a friend of mine Andy Creasey who had already completed the Half Marathon earlier in the day stayed with me to the stadium shouting encouragement.

“As I weaved my way through the barriers leading to the stadium the cheers got louder until I found myself entering the stadium itself.

“As I hobbled round the pitch the support from the crowd pushed me round the last few steps until I reached the finish line.

It was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done, and without the support of the crowd, the marshalls, other runners and the inspiration of so many running for so many good causes I wouldn’t have got round in one piece.”

Wesley and his wife Lisa will be taking part in the Grand Union Challenge, which is a 100k walk along the Regents and Grand Union canal from London to Bletchley, on June 28 - and they hope to do this in 20 hours.

Wesley added: “I’m going to put my feet up for a few days now before the training starts again ready for the end of June!”

If you would like to donate, visit Wesley’s just giving page here.