John Walton and Diane Shaw to run for 12 hours in Grim United charity challenge

United we run as Team Grim get ready for 12 hour charity challenge

A team from innovative race organisers' It's Grim Up North are going the long way in this durational fundraiser

On Saturday 20 March, It’s Grim Up North Running’s team of marshals will be running for 12 hours to fundraise for Lorraine Wilby who has incurable cancer. This is literally “time on feet” for Diane Shaw, John Walton and the rest of Grim United as they take on a challenge against the clock and the British weather.

Diane and John plan to run for 12 hours and cover the 50 miles from Accrington (Lancashire) to Bingley (West Yorkshire). The pair's training runs have been undertaken on mixed terrain and in all types of conditions – ideal preparation for next weekend’s challenge that starts at 6.30am and finishes at 6.30pm. As they leave Accrington, the rest of the Grim team will support them, walking or running in relays throughout the 12 hours. They invite fellow runners to join them.

All monies raised go to helping Lorraine Wilby pay for life extending treatment for a rare and aggressive form of cancer called Ocular Melanoma. Chemosaturation Therapy is an effective form of treatment that isn’t available on the NHS but for Lorraine, it would mean seeing her daughter get married and spend quality time with her grandson and the rest of her family. Diane Shaw has organised this fundraising challenge with a £500 target.

All donations, small or large are welcome. To do so, visit the Grim United GoFundMe page. 

“Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”

Good luck Grim United!

Image courtesy of Andrew Swales

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