Corby man runs more than 100 miles in 31 days for the air ambulance

A man has raised more than £3,700 after running 100 miles in 31 days for the charity which came to his father-in-law’s rescue after a serious crash.

Simon Kyle set himself the challenge of running 5k every day throughout July to raise funds for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

The sheer generosity from everyone that has donated is just unbelievable

Simon Kyle

He wanted to thank the life-saving service after they were called to help his father-in-law John Gibson, who was involved in a serious accident.

By July 31, Simon had completed 29 5km runs and two 10km runs, bringing the total distance to 165km, which is about 102 miles or the equivalent of running from Corby to Rotherham.

His efforts have helped raise £3,791 for the air ambulance, which has no Government funding and is funded solely by donations.

Simon said: “I am still taken back by the amount of support I received from family, friends, local sporting groups and local businesses.

“Everyone has played a part in getting to a figure like that.

“My biggest donation came from Rubix Nightclub, who sponsored £5 for every run I did as well as running a charity night raising a total of £510, The Northants Cycle Racing Association clubbed together along with Rockingham Motor Speedway donating £300 and the locals of the Talisman public house raised £255, which makes up nearly a third of the total.

“But the sheer generosity from everyone that has donated is just unbelievable.”

Simon’s final run saw him end up at the air ambulance’s head office in Princethorpe, where the helicopters are based, and he was able to meet the crew and see the base.

For more information on the air ambulance and its work go to www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk.