Runner completes ultimate challenge

Congratulations to runner Ian Chilley who is recovering after completing the ultimate challenge in support of the N&N Hospitals Charity.

Ian, from Lowestoft, completed the Thames Ring 250 – a 250-mile unsupported race – with a finishing time of just over 91 hours.

Ian, a member of Lowestoft Road Runners, had already completed a number of ultra-marathons, up to 100 miles, and regular marathons but wanted to take on the ultimate challenge in memory of his wife’s mum Mary Willett and  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 you all do.”

At the end of the gruelling race, he said: “Once again, it lived up to it’s brutal reputation in killing off racers. 54 entered, 46 started and 16 finished. I’m glad to say that I came 11th.”

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.

You can still support Ian via his JustGiving page at

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






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