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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Running Paramedic 

Running matters are usually discussed on our Peaks and Valleys blog but the following post has a wider interest than the long distance running community; it concerns Britain, Ray Edensor.

Ray Edensor is known as the Running Paramedic. He is currently running a marathon a day over the London Marathon route and will finish on 23rd April after completing the Flora London Marathon. He will have ran 26 marathons in 26 days, a total of 680 miles in full paramedic uniform with a 26lb rucksack on his back. It is his last big challenge of 5 years dedicated to raising money in aid of the 'Dreams Come True' charity, fulfilling the dreams of terminally and seriously ill children.

As the charity's Chief Executive, D'Arcy Myers points out, "Sometimes all the medicine and care in the world can't have as positive an effect on a sick child as the tonic brought on by the happiness of fulfilling a dream."
Ray Edensor the Running ParamedicRay has run all the world's top marathons, including: London, Paris, New York City, Berlin, Amsterdam and Barbados; during which events he has often helped out at emergencies. In New York City, a female runner was choking on a piece of orange peel and in the Berlin Marathon, a man collapsed with chest pains.

On their current challenge Ray and his support team plan to raise a staggering £50,000 .This particular challenge being dedicated to a little girl called Jade, who lost her fight against cancer at the age of 10. Ray will be donating his 2006 Flora London Marathon medal to Jade's brother. Be prepared for gut wrenching emotion when you read about Jade on Ray's web site or about some of the children on the 'Dreams Come True' site.

Ray is one hell of a guy, please go to his site and sponsor him now; let's stagger him and turn that £50,000 into £100,000.

By the way, fancy trekking in Peru? Do you want to embark on a fantastic yet challenging adventure ending at the world famous Macchu Pichu ancient monument? The Let's Trek for Children Peru Challenge takes place from 21-30 September 2006 and it will be the second such event organizedised by Dreams Come True, Barnardo's; ChildLine, Kith & Kids and MedEquip4Kids. Event number one was to the Great Wall of China but that's fully booked. For further information, please contact Nina on 01730 811 438 or email nina.beach at dctc.org.uk.

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