Man raises £1,000 after finishing Cumbrian Run - in over five hours
Last updated at 14:50, Wednesday, 09 October 2013
John Hastings is extremely proud of his achievement completing the Great Cumbrian Run – even if he was more than four hours behind the winner.
The 40-year-old from Workington has raised £1,000 for charity from the gruelling challenge which saw him take two wrong turns and end in the middle of a golf course before eventually crossing the finish line with a time of five hours and 16 minutes.
John, of Mossbay Road, always expected to finish Carlisle’s annual race in last position as he’s the first to admit that his fitness levels do not match up to other competitors.
But he had two targets in mind when he put his name down for Sunday’s half marathon – to cross the finish line and raise almost £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Achieving both of those goals means more to him than his running time and position, said the admin assistant for Workington’s TCV Enterprises.
“I don’t think Mo Farrah will be losing any sleep over me,” joked John. “I am so proud of myself for completing the race. I’m still a bit stiff, but apart from that I’m feeling great.”
He has taken part in the Great Cumbrian Run twice before, in 2008 and 2009 and had times of around four hours and 40 minutes.
He has been in training for the race ever since he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes earlier this year and has so far lost an impressive three stone in as many months.
Speaking about the race, John said: “It was a lot harder this year than I thought it would be.
“The weather didn’t help as it was raining on and off, I suffered from cramp but managed to shake that off and then I took two wrong turns.
“I ended up on Stoneyholme golf course. Luckily there was a golfer there who helped me and pointed to where I should be, and then one of the organisers spotted me.
“However, I never thought about giving up once and I managed to stagger over the finish line at the Sheepmount.”
The support he received in the run-up to the race and during it was phenomenal he said.
“When I was in Botcherby there was this little boy on a bike – he must have been around nine or 10 – and he asked me what I was raising money for.
“He wished me good luck and then sped off on his bike and came back with a couple of bottles of orange juice which I did need,” he said.
“Everywhere I went people were clapping and cheering and cars were parping their horns.
“I will be back next year, but will just be watching. I will stick to 5k and 10k in the future, but you never know – watch this space.”
He chose to raise cash for Cancer Research UK as his sister, Terena, died of the disease in 1996 when she was just 20.
His uncle also suffered with throat cancer and is now in remission.
John is just short of raising his £1,000 target – to donate visit www.justgiving.com/john-hastings1
First published at 11:44, Wednesday, 09 October 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Well done John, takes a lot of courage and determination to put yourself up for it and to finish. The organisers do advise people that they should be able to complete it in a certain time eg 3:15, then outside that continue at your own risk etc.
The great thing about these events is that everyone has their own target/goal, whether run in 75 minutes or 5 hours.
John clearly gave it his all and I take my hat off to him.
WELL DONE, be proud,keep going with the slimming,dont give up on a few jogging sessions, your inspiration is fabulous
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