Bill runs ultra for MRF

17 Nov 2019
Bill runs ultra for MRF

Bill Storey will complete 113 miles in under 30 hours non-stop!

The challenge is inspired by friend and Meningitis Research Foundation Junior Ambassador, Sofia Crockatt who has herself raised thousands to defeat meningitis. The disease almost took Sofia’s life, and led to her left leg being amputated below the knee. 

Bill Storey will run from Ullapool to the Isle of Skye in the North West Highlands of Scotland, a distance of around 113 miles, to fundraise for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF), in unpredictable weather and sub-zero conditions.  His huge efforts have been inspired by the courage of his good friends’ daughter, Sofia Crockatt. Sofia, now 15, has herself competed in many sporting events to raise funds to defeat meningitis after the disease almost took her life when she was only 2 years old, and ultimately led to her left leg being amputated below the knee. The Crockatt family will form part of Bill’s vital team, who’ll be there to support him through the challenge.

Bill has set himself the demanding challenge of running the ultra-marathon continuously, which he hopes to complete in under 30 hours. This is to highlight MRF’s goal to defeat meningitis by 2030.

"Once the ultra-marathon is all done and my legs are better, SO many people will still be living with limb loss every day.”

Bill says: “I have never done anything like this before and I will not be breaking any world records but I know it is going to be very difficult indeed.  Running through the tough Scottish terrain will be brutally cold, dark and often hazardous. Despite these negatives, the benefits of completing the challenge, whilst helping to raise awareness of this horrendous disease, and essential funds makes the effort truly worthwhile. There will always be a real risk of not completing but I’m raising vital money for MRF, so the show must go on. Once the ultra-marathon is all done and my legs are better, SO many people will still be living with limb loss every day.”

Rob Dawson, Director of Support at MRF said, “We are really grateful to Bill for helping to raise funds for MRF. Bill has supported events for us in the past and his continued efforts make him a real meningitis champion, helping us defeat this terrible disease. Meningitis and septicaemia are deadly infections, leaving some people with life-changing after effects. These vital funds raised will help to protect more people from meningitis.” 

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