Lancaster University running club takes on 24 hour challenge

Lancaster University running club during the Way of the Roses challenge. They raised more than �1,000 for Unique Kidz & Co.
Lancaster University running club during the Way of the Roses challenge. They raised more than �1,000 for Unique Kidz & Co.

Students from Lancaster University’s running club completed the Way of the Roses to raise money to support disabled youngsters in the area.

The club raised £1,092 for Unique Kidz & Co by doing the gruelling 170 mile challenge in 23 hours and 43 minutes.

The team of 13 running enthusiasts battled the cold from Morecambe to Bridlington in 24 hours.

To reach the finish line in time each runner had to keep up a pace of 8 minutes per mile, as well as acting as support cyclists.

Nick Barton, running club president said: “This was an incredible effort from everyone involved.

“I couldn’t be prouder of every single member of this wonderful team, they showed fantastic physical and mental endurance.

“All the hard work and pain that we went through was entirely worth it when we saw the amount of money that we have raised for such a fantastic cause.”

Running club Vice-President Tom Roethenbaugh said: “Unique Kidz & Co are a fantastic organisation, and we are really pleased to be able to contribute to the vital work they do.

“We couldn’t have foreseen some of the challenges that we came up against and the way that everybody adapted and pulled through for each other was fantastic to see.”

Runners endured the Way of the Roses on March 21 and trained by completing a static bike challenge at Lancaster University’s ‘Campus in the City’ base on Cheapside. During the five hours they were in place the team managed to cycle 100 miles, the equivalent of going from Morecambe to York along the Way of the Roses cycle path. More than 150 people visited.

For more information visit www.justgiving.com/Lancaster-University-Running-Club/.