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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Cumbrian man's 115-mile charity run in brother’s memory

A west Cumbrian man is preparing to undertake a gruelling charity run in memory of his brother.

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Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson will run 115 miles over three days to raise awareness of the voluntary organisation Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS).

The 48-year-old, from Whitehaven, said the organisation helped him cope following the death of his brother Ian, 46, who drowned in the Irish Sea at Whitehaven four years ago.

Andrew, who works at Sellafield, believes his brother took his own life and said it took him a long time to come to terms with that.

“Ian was obviously in a bad place and I didn’t realise,” he explained. “I felt I should have been there more for him and that I somehow should have stopped him doing what he did.

“I learned of the existence of SOBS through my GP and went to talk to them. They were instrumental in turning my thought processes from emotional turmoil into reality, and helping me to understand that I was not to blame for Ian’s death.

“I didn’t know they even existed before my brother died but I am so thankful to them for helping me at a time when I was extremely low.”

Andrew hopes that by running the Coast to Coast route he will not only raise money to help the organisation, but also raise awareness of its existence.

He has started his training and is running about 10 miles every day to build up his stamina. For the actual challenge in July, Andrew is planning to do 38 miles each day.

“My stamina doesn’t seem to be a problem for me; unfortunately it’s my body that lets me down,” he said.

“I suffer badly from joint pain in my feet and ankles and have done from a young age, so keeping my body fit is proving problematic as I go through periods of being OK and without warning, can be hobbling the next day.

“But I’m determined to finish this challenge.”

To sponsor Andrew, visit www.justgiving.com/andrew-robinson22

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