John takes on the ultimate challenge in aid of Alder Hey
We would like to send a huge thank you and well done to John Hart, who recently completed an eye-watering 230km Ultra Marathon across the Kenya wildlife conservancies.
We would like to send a huge thank you and well done to John Hart, who recently completed an eye-watering 230km Ultra Marathon across the Kenya wildlife conservancies, home to some of the world’s most apex predators. John completed the ‘Beyond the Ultimate’ challenge for Alder Hey to thank the Eating Disorder Young People Service (EDYS), for the specialist care that his daughter has received from the department.
John, who completed the Ultra Marathon over the course of five days, said that this was the challenge of his life: “It wasn’t just the distance that challenged me – it was the gruelling environment, the hostile climate – sweltering during the day – with temperatures reaching 42 degrees and then plummeting so it was cold at night; combined with the fact that running over 2400 metres above sea level the altitude limits your ability to breathe normally.”
If the mental feat of running the equivalent of a marathon a day wasn’t enough, John also had to face the risks of running through the playground of some of the world’s most notable wildlife. Along his journey, John could hear the roars of lions and almost came too close to a pack of wild buffalos!
Despite the hardships he faced, John was also keen to express his reasons for wanting to complete such an immense challenge, John told us: “I also need to say the biggest thank you to Alder Hey – the work that you do is incredible – each and every day – your whole team is an inspiration and we will be forever in your debt for the work you have done with our family.”
Thank you so much to John for everything he has done in completing this challenge. Thanks to his commitment and dedication, he has raised an incredible £6537 for our Charity, massively exceeding his initial target of £5000. Well done John – you’re an inspiration!