Runner’s 250-mile challenge to support hospital charity

A runner is taking part in the ultimate challenge in support of the N&N Hospitals Charity and a department close to his heart.

Ian Chilley, from Lowestoft, will take on the Thames Ring 250 in June a 250-mile unsupported race to be completed within 100 hours.

Ian, a member of Lowestoft Road Runners, is training by running 90 miles a week ahead of the race on June 23.

He said: “I have completed a number of ultra-marathons, up to 100 miles, and regular marathons but I wanted to take on a new challenge, something I haven’t done before.

“I am doing this in memory of my wife’s mum Mary Willett and our friend Martin Anderton who sadly both lost their fight against cancer.”

“Both were treated at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, so I would like to raise some money for the Colney Centre to say thank you for taking such good care of them and in recognition of the hard work they all do.”

“Please remember that you do not have to give a lot as every little bit helps. So please, if you can. Donate to this worthy cause and support me on this very mad journey.”

The Thames Ring 250 follows the canals from Goring-On-Thames, to just past Northampton and back again. Runners have four days and four hours to complete the run, navigating using maps, and no outside support is allowed during the race except at checkpoints.

Ian said: “I plan to run five miles and walk 10 minutes, and then stop for a rest and some food every 75 miles.”

Lynn Crombie, Fundraising Co-ordinator, said: “We are so grateful that Ian has chosen to support us in tribute to Mary and Martin. Every pound helps us enhance the care we give to  our patients and their families. This truly is the ultimate challenge and we can’t wait to follow his journey.”

You can support Ian via his JustGiving page at

To find out more about the N&N Hospitals Charity visit @NNUHCharity