Scawsby man set for ultra marathon fundraising challenge

A Scawsby NHS worker is set to take on a gruelling three-day 85 mile ultra marathon challenge in aid of charity Yorkshire Cancer Research in November.

Senior Substance Misuse Practitioner Jim Fletcher (59) will run over a marathon a day (over 28 miles) in The Druids Challenge Ridgeway Multistage Ultra 2015, in memory of his late father Edward Fletcher, who passed away from cancer two years ago.

Jim said: “I’ve run marathons before, but never anything like this.

“The Druids Challenge goes cross country over three consecutive days taking in the beautiful scenery of the Chiltern Hills with over 7,000 feet of ascent and descent, so it’s a major test of fitness and endurance.”

Jim is currently training hard for the event, which takes place over 6, 7 and 8 November, departing from Ivinghoe in Buckinghamshire on day one and ending 85 miles later at Wroughton in Wiltshire on the final day. He will be supported and encouraged along the way by a group of his family and friends.

Jim added: “My dad received some excellent care during his illness, so I would like to raise as much money as possible for Yorkshire Cancer Research to help other people across Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.”

Anyone who would like to support Jim can donate via his Just Giving page at:

RDaSH Senior Substance Misuse Practitioner Jim Fletcher.
RDaSH Senior Substance Misuse Practitioner Jim Fletcher.