Brothers rise to the challenge

Just Regional
Jun 16, 2020 3 mins read

A sponsored walk or run was not a big enough challenge for two brothers, who have completed an ultra-marathon to raise money for sick children.

Josh and Luis Tibbles have their own Norwich-based personal training business, Tibbs Health and Fitness, and have done several fundraising events in the past. But this time they wanted to make it a proper challenge.

“Being in lockdown has given us a lot of time to think, reflect and plan about things. We always keep it in our hearts that there are so many people out there going through a lot of pain in their lives and are not fortunate enough to be able to do things they want – this really hits hard home with us,” said Josh. “We wanted to do something to use our able bodies to test ourselves and, above all, raise money for an awesome charity – The East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH).”

Josh and Luis Tibbles completed 61km on a very hot day to raise money for EACH.

He and Luis, who lives in Aylsham, put out a poll to their Instagram followers for suggestions on what they should do, and the popular choice was 1km for every day of lockdown – a distance of 61km (taking in March 23 to June 23).

A normal marathon is 42.2km (26.2 miles).

Josh, 21, and Luis, 23, gave themselves 10 days to prepare for the feat, but only managed two training runs, saying: “Be naive enough to start, but stubborn enough to finish is something we like to live by.”

On the day of the race they recorded the whole event on Instagram, with supporters turning out all along the route.

“We did it!” Josh and Luis at the end of their ultra-marathon.

“When we finished, our close friends, family, and clients managed to situate themselves in a field for the finish line – which was awesome!

“The run was certainly the hardest thing we have done, and we had to go to places in our heads we have never visited before, but we loved every minute of it.”

The whole event took the brothers just over six hours to complete and they both got personal best times for the marathon stage. They also raised more that £2,600 for EACH in just over two weeks.

“This really makes us proud of the community we have managed to build, and this community continues to overwhelm us with their selflessness and generosity.

“We simply can’t wait for the next event, and the reality is: it needs to be even harder, which is rather daunting…”

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