TWO friends who ran 100 miles in three days to raise more than £2,000 for charity say the pain was horrendous but worth it.
Chase Bray and Mark Jones raised the money for Cancer Research UK.
Mr Jones, 30, of Park Way, Ruislip Manor, said: “Chase came up with the idea a little over a year ago and he asked me, but I thought he was mad.
“When I realised he’d given me enough time to train for it, I thought I might as well try and do it.”
Mr Jones, who works for Waitrose in Kings End, Ruislip, has been on a tough training regime for the past year and has been keeping his pal up to date with his training on Facebook, while Mr Bray was serving with the Royal Marines in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
His training made up part of his day job, and despite being on leave for just six weeks, fitting in the challenge of a 100-mile run from Oxford to Richmond along the Thames Path in just three days did not seem to faze the man used to pushing his body and mind to the limit.
“I found it annoying how well Chase took the whole 100 miles,” Mr Jones joked.
“He was a great motivator, I definitely wouldn’t have been able to do it without him.
“He kept pushing me to keep going.”
Mr Bray, 30, of Torrington Road, Ruislip Manor, said: “We wanted to raise money because we know a lot of people who have suffered with cancer.
“Mark lost a close friend from it and my mum has had cancer for a few years now, so it was something that was close to our hearts.”
The fundraisers ran 50 miles on Monday last week, 30 miles on Tuesday, and the final 20 in just three hours on Wednesday, arriving at Richmond Town Hall to cheers from friends and family.
Mr Jones said: “Day two was the hardest because we had run 50 miles the day before and to get back up and run another 30, that was so hard.
“It’s been the most amount of pain I’ve ever experienced, but it’s a really good feeling to know we’ve done it.
“Obviously it’s a completely mad thing to do,” Mr Bray said, “but that’s the whole point – it’s a challenge.
“We knew things were going to be really hard and be painful, but that’s why we did it to raise money for people who have to suffer with cancer every day.”
? If you would like to donate to Chase and Mark’s Cancer Research UK fund, go to www.justgiving.com/Chase-Bray.