Pounding the pavement for 50 mile training sessions in the height of summer may not suit us all, but it’s been crucial preparation for a charitable effort by one Suffolk ultra-runner.
Brian Keenan, from Kesgrave, is now on the final countdown for a gruelling ultra-marathon in the Peak District, known as the Ladybower.
Brian may well have suffered blisters, pains and strains in his training schedule so far, but with the support of his former employer, Ipswich based Mediterranean Shipping Company (UK) Ltd. (MSC UK), he’s determined to complete the event in an impressive time, all to raise as much money as possible for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).
The MNDA is a charity particularly close to the heart of Dan Everitt, Managing Director at MSC UK. Dan sadly lost his father to MND in 2010, and since that time a dedicated team at MSC UK, including himself, have raised in the region of £25,000 for invaluable research into this terrible disease.
Brian’s fundraising efforts will now help to boost that sum even further.
Mr Everitt said: “I am delighted that Brian, a former member of the MSC family, has chosen to continue supporting MNDA, in taking on this incredible challenge.
“Since losing my father to MND, I committed to raising awareness and funds for the MNDA and over the past five years, we have taken on many fundraising events and sporting challenges.
“Sadly, due to a sports injury, I am not able to participate in a sporting event this year, so I was overwhelmed when Brian got in touch to generously take up the challenge to continue the fundraising and I’m so pleased that we are able to support Brian through this gruelling challenge.”
Brian’s ultra-run of 50 miles is being held in the Peak District on 20th September. It follows a number of previous marathons and ultra-events completed by 42-year-old Brian.
• Pictured Dan, left, and Brian, right
“As much as it does take a lot of training to compete in events like an ultra-marathon, I really enjoy setting myself the challenge and feeling that, in doing so, I can help contribute vital fundraising to a good cause,” said Brian.
“I knew a lot about MNDA as a result of working alongside Dan, so as soon as I had decided to take part in the Ladybower, I knew I would want to run for that cause – for Dan, and for the memory of his father.”
Brian has been training most days for the last six months and says he feels in good shape to achieve a respectable time.
“I’ve had a few aches and niggles along the way, but I’m now feeling really good, and with a month to go, I think I should be able to put in a good finishing time.
“More important than the time, however, is being able to raise as much money as possible for MNDA, so I’d be grateful to anyone who feels able to sponsor me or contribute.”
Motor Neurone Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones, leading to weakness and wasting of muscles, increased loss of mobility, and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing. There is no known cure for the disease however there is an amazing amount of work being practiced behind the scenes at the MNDA, that needs our support to help sufferers and their families and hopefully, one day save lives.
If you would like to sponsor Brian in his 50 mile challenge and support the incredible work of the MNDA, please visit www.justgiving.com/brian-keenan1973/