Martin runs 1,200 miles in 2017 for brain tumour charity

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 February 2018

Martin Richards (second from right) along with Sharon Pagliero (third from left) after completing the last mile of his 1,200-mile challenge. Picture: Keri Venn

Martin Richards (second from right) along with Sharon Pagliero (third from left) after completing the last mile of his 1,200-mile challenge. Picture: Keri Venn

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Lympstone man Martin Richards has run a total of 1,200 miles through 2017 for friend Sharon Pagliero who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016.

Martin Richards with Sharon Pagliero on Exmouth beach as he completes his 1,200-mile challenge. Picture: Keri VennMartin Richards with Sharon Pagliero on Exmouth beach as he completes his 1,200-mile challenge. Picture: Keri Venn

A Lympstone man inspired by a close friend’s battle with a brain tumour has run every day through 2017 to raise funds for charity.

On New Year’s Eve 2016, Martin Richards told long-time friend Sharon Pagliero, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier that year, the he would run at least 1,000 miles in 2017 (2.74 miles a day) in aid of Brain Tumour Charity.

Before setting out on January 1, 2017, he told Sharon, of Exton, she would be joining him for the last mile on New Year’s Eve, 364 days later.

And on December 31, 2017, despite blindness causes by the condition, Sharon and Martin stood on Exmouth beach, along with 60 other runners, to finish the year-long charity odyssey.

She was guided during the run by Martin and his wife Diana, Sharon’s husband David and friend Becky Bachelor.

“It was a heart-warming situation,” said Martin.

“The idea of coming to run with me was to try to add some motivation to what was going to be a difficult year.

“We arranged that on December 31, 2017, people would meet us by the lifeboat station, on Exmouth beach, and that we would run to the cliffs and back.

“The overwhelming feeling was I couldn’t believe that there were that many people there.

“We all feel useless at times and this poor lady is going through it still – to really run there was a great event.”

The charity crusade took Martin to different locations, not only in the UK, but across the world. He actually passed his 1,000-mile challenge, racking up 1,200 miles during the course of the year.

Most of the runs took place along Exmouth beach, but he also ran in places like the Dominican Republic while on holiday and on trips to Germany and Greece.

Martin said that his most frequent running companion was family pet Puddle the dog.

More than a year after he first put his trainers on for day one, Martin has raised nearly £3,000 for the charity.

Anyone wanting to donate can go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/martin-richards11


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