Wellingborough team in midnight marathon for charity

Ryan Johnson, Steve Love, Damian Smith and Kush Patel. John Leary is also taking part in the marathon
Ryan Johnson, Steve Love, Damian Smith and Kush Patel. John Leary is also taking part in the marathon

Five intrepid souls from a Wellingborough home improvement company are taking part in a 40-mile marathon to raise money for a children’s charity.

The five staff at T&K are taking part in the Rutland Plod in July in aid of Action Medical Research.

Director John Leary, Ryan Johnson, Damian Smith and Kush Patel will be walking the 40-mile route that starts and finishes at Uppingham at midnight on Friday, July 3. Steve Love will be backing them up as the support car driver.

The walk touches on the shores of Rutland Water and walkers set off at midnight with torches and maps for the gruelling challenge, which can take up to 17 hours to complete and is billed as the ultimate team bonding challenge.

Mr Leary said: “As a recent father myself, as is Kush, and Damian is the father of three children, when we heard about the walk and the charity, and heard some of the awful cases that the charity helps it put everything into perspective. We might not be able to do much financially but we have two feet and can get off our backsides and raise money by walking.

“It is an absolutely fantastic cause.

“We have all started some training to a greater or lesser degree.

“I keep myself fairly fit anyway. It’s about getting on the treadmill early in the morning and building up the miles from two miles up to 40.

“I’m sure the first few hours in the dark will be hard, but the hardest bit will be when we are quarter of the way through, we have only walked 10 miles and our legs are starting to ache.

“Then it will dawn on us how hard it is going to be.

“None of us have ever attempted anything like this before so it is new ground.

“We have got a few dates in the diary to try and get out and get our walking boots properly broken in because you don’t want to be breaking in new boots on a 40 mile walk.

“We hope to raise £2,000 and will be fundraising at the staff family fun day as well as online.”

Children’s charity Action Medical Research is dedicated to improving the health of babies and children.

It helps thousands of families who are dealing with the trauma of a baby born too early, trying to support a child affected by disability, or facing the challenge of caring for a child with a rare and devastating disease for which there is no cure.

The charity has played a part in many medical breakthroughs, including the development of the first UK polio vaccine.