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Little Baddow local takes on epic challenge

Wednesday 18th August

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Barney Binder recently undertook the 60-mile Jurassic Coast Challenge in aid of Farleigh Hospice and has so far raised over 2,500.

Part of the Ultra Challenge series, the Jurassic Coast Challenge covers the spectacular World Heritage coastline in Dorset. Barney completed the challenge in 17 hours and surpassed his fundraising target by 1,500.

Barney took part in the challenge with his brother Crispin, and had never undertaken anything like it before. The pair trained for five months to prepare, covering a staggering 50 miles a week in training runs. As part of his training, Barney covered four marathon distances; three, 26-mile runs, and a 32-mile run to ensure that he could achieve his goal.

Speaking about his achievement Barney said: “It was an incredible experience. The Farleigh team shared stories of the amazing things hospice staff have done in the fundraising pack and I kept these in my mind as I ran - it really helped me keep going. People sharing their personal experiences of the hospice when they donated on my JustGiving page was also really motivating. Reading how Farleigh has helped them inspired me and gave me the drive to get to the finish line.”

Barney says he is tempted to do another Ultra Challenge to see if he can improve on his time, but he has nothing planned at the moment. Barney’s JustGiving page is still open, if you would like to donate visit:

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