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Chris Heaton

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I am a proud Trustee and Treasurer of Brathay and I am a Group Managing Director of OSL Group Holdings Limited, a manufacturing group headquartered in Sheffield.

I ran my first marathon in 1995 at the age of 36 to raise money for charity. I was the only British runner in the Siberian International Marathon that year and it was the start of my love of adventures and unusual marathons. I have run larger events but prefer smaller fields, unusual events, solo challenges and remote locations.

My running highlights include a run in Iceland, Siberia in both summer and winter across the largest frozen lake in the world. I hope to run in Greenland and Outer Mongolia at temperatures of -40c. But, my most memorable achievements remain the Brathay 10 Marathons in 10 days in 2010 and my solo ‘Challenge 30’, running 30 marathons in 30 days in 2013, raising £60,000 for Brathay.

I tend to seek my own inspiration and I am inspired by great feats of endurance and survival where will power, excellent decision making under pressure, and extraordinary physical capability meet. 

I have become privileged to know Joss Naylor and I am inspired by him. Not only is he one of the finest runners of all time on any terrain – he has remained hugely capable into old age. But, most of all, he uses his ability and reputation to raise money for Brathay. Very few “famous” people do so much for others in such a direct and active way.


  • 1995: Siberian International Marathon (1st UK runner)
  • 2008: Laugavegurinn Ultra Marathon, Iceland
  • 2010: Brathay 10in10
  • 2012: Lake Baikal Ice Marathon, Siberia
  • 2013: Challenge 30 – 30 Marathons in 30 Days
  • 2016: Polar Bear Challenge (marathon and ½ marathon, Greenland)
  • 2017: Genghis Khan Ice Marathon (2nd…& avoided being eaten by wolves!)

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