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Running mates go the distance

Just Regional
Oct 17, 2016 3 mins read

A group of friends have passed the final milestone in their efforts to run a total of 2016 miles in memory of a pal from their student days, who died 10 years ago.

They celebrated completing the challenge by completing the 2016th mile together at the Norwich parkrun at Eaton Park, on Saturday, October 8.

Their aim was to collectively run 2016 miles this year to raise £2,016 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in memory of their friend Steph, who had cystic fibrosis (CF) and passed away 10 years ago.

The group knew Steph from their time together studying at UEA, and most of the miles they’ve run have been in and around Norwich, where many of them still live.

While the majority of the miles have been on ‘solo runs’, they have also participated in several local races, including Wymondham New Year’s Day 10k, Norwich 10k, Ipswich half marathon and the Bungay Marathon.

Mike Jones, team captain, said: “Steph was part of an amazing group of friends I’ve been blessed to have since I first came to Norwich to UEA to study in the nineties. Whilst some have moved away, we’ve all remained close ever since, and it really hurts to remember how losing friends this way makes you feel.”

“We worked out that we’d reach the 2016th mile together after about one lap, so we all ran together until then, and then finished off all at our own speeds. Those that were able then came back to our house to refuel and wind down.

“We’re all really proud of what we’ve achieved but we’re not stopping with the challenge until the end of the year. We’re not setting a new team target but several of us have personal targets we’re chasing as well. Jonathan has set himself a target of 1000 miles by the end of the year and myself and Andreas are aiming to reach 500 miles. We’ve got a few more formal runs left and some of us should be at a final park-run on New Year’s Eve to mark the end of the year and the end of the challenge.”

The group consists of Andreas Paterson, Chris Coleman, Christopher Puttock, Dan MacMillan, James Harvey, Jonathan Jenkyn, Malk Smyth, Mike Jones (team captain), Rachel Jones and Tracey Goodson.

Visit the team’s fundraising page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/2016for2016 or follow their progress on Twitter at @2016for2016, which includes updates on team mileage.

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