A city businessman was one of the first runners to set off from Wandsworth Park, London, on Friday for the official start of RelayGB - the marathon world record attempt for distance running.
RelayGB is a new charity fundraising challenge that will see hundreds of runners covering 2,600 miles around Britain in over 100 non-stop marathons. The mission is to break the world record for distance relay running while raising £500,000 in aid of Brain Tumour UK.
At 8am on Friday Chris Murdoch, 26, and six other runners ran a lap of the park before heading out along the route, which makes a circuit of Britain, taking in major cities including Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle.
Chris is sharing this first RelayGB 26 mile marathon leg with four team members - called the MileMunchers - who are doing a ‘relay within RelayGB’. The team is made up of Chris’s friends, including Ryan Jordan and Michael Chennells, also from Leighton Buzzard. None of them have ever run five miles before, so it really will be a challenge.
Chris is Managing Director at Walter Samuel, a leading technology search company that assists small, medium and enterprise organisations in building world class technology teams.
Chris said: “We are extremely proud to be supporting the first Relay GB. It is such a unique and exciting concept that we are sure will capture the hearts of everyone that hears about it. John and the team at Relay GB are so passionate about making this an event to remember whilst raising huge sums of money for such a great cause that will be getting the exposure it deserves.”
Brain tumour survivor, David Fryer, started the event and spoke about his own brain tumour journey since he was diagnosed in 2005. David is a good friend of the RelayGB organiser, John Stanford, and John’s inspiration for all of his fundraising for Brain Tumour UK.
John Stanford said: “It’s frightening seeing what David’s going through,” explains John. “It’s a constant battle with operations, chemotherapy and convalescence. It puts life and its problems into a sharp perspective.”
“Brain Tumour UK is working hard to get the resources that are needed to research more effective diagnostic and treatment options. So I’m delighted that over 400 people around the UK are taking part in RelayGB over the next 18 days. Together we’ll raise these vital funds for more research.”
RelayGB is taking place between 4 - 21 May 2012. There’s still time to make a donation to sponsor Chris and the MileMunchers - visit http://www.justgiving.com/milemunchers.
Jenny Baker, Chief Executive at Brain Tumour UK, said: “John’s energy, dedication and enthusiasm is amazing. We can’t thank him and all the runners taking part enough. RelayGB will be an epic and inspirational event and with the money we raise we’ll be funding research in to new treatment for people with this devastating condition.”
Around 400 runners are taking part in the event all around the UK, including legendary runner and medal winner Liz McColgan, London Marathon winner Mike Gratton, former women’s rugby international and brain tumour survivor, Vicky Galbraith.
You can follow the runners on a map that updates in real time with their progress along the route at www.relaygb.org