Stuart's outstanding contribution to gap charity foundation
It has been a spectacular year of fundraising to celebrate gap personnel’s 20th year of trading and we could not release the final edition of gap Insight of 2017 without celebrating the efforts of Stuart Dean (29 years) an Account Manager from our Wrexham branch who has made a huge personal contribution to the £20,000 target for the group.
Stuart commented, “I wanted to think of not only a tough challenge for me but the most important thing was to try and get other people involved too so the idea was born to do 20 races over 10 months. The number of runs chosen was to symbolise gap’s 20th year.”
Starting 10 months ago in Preston, he made the first of over 400,000 steps on his journey to complete 20 runs in total. During this inspiring feat Stuart has completed;
– 2 x marathons (PB 5.13)
– 11 x half marathons (PB 2.07)
– 6 x 10k’s (PB 53 mins)
– 1 x 5k
– Ran 236.8 miles and burned over 40,000 calories!
Overall, he has helped raise, directly and indirectly over £5000 which represents over a quarter of gap personnel’s overall target and has helped distribute funds to the following charities;
– Hope House
– Nightingale House
– Willow Foundation
– Christie Foundation
Stuart is a Blackburn Rovers fan, married to Kaylee (and it must be mentioned that his wife herself, joined Stuart on 7 of the runs!)
“We had to plan our holiday and birthday plans around the challenge so luckily I have a forgiving wife.”
In terms of race preparation, Stuart had a moderate training regime due to workload (always with a pint of Guinness the night before) – the number of runs has kept Stuart pretty fit! In Stuarts own words, highlights have included;
– Meeting different people from around gap’s UK branches
– Huge sense of achievement upon finishing the races
– Seeing guys like Jez Mangham (gap Yorkshire) who is not a regular runner, run and complete races for a worthy cause
Stuart said, “One of the toughest weekends was running the Liverpool 5k on the Saturday then running the full marathon on the Sunday.”
Despite this arduous schedule, it hasn’t put Stuart off, in fact the opposite as he now wants to run The Iron Man Challenge – 100m on a bike, 3-mile swim and a full marathon to finish – watch this space!
As a personal thank you from the Board of gap, Stuart and Kaylee will receive a fully expensed trip to travel abroad and take part in one of the elite half or full marathons e.g. New York, Boston, Dubai
A huge thank you to Stuart for all his efforts throughout 2017.
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