Brathay 10in10 Athlete
I’m Richard Rex, I’m 47 and I run with City of Hull AC in East Yorkshire. I work for Arco Ltd in Hull who distribute workplace safety equipment and my role is an IT Test Analyst. In my spare time I am a lifelong supporter of Hull City AFC, I run (obviously), and I also write a regular running blog which includes stories from my previous 10in10 attempts.
I first started running in early 2012, primarily as a fundraising activity for a charity that helps children with life-limiting conditions to fulfil their dreams. In that year I ran several 10Ks and half marathons and caught the bug for running.
This carried through into 2013, again as a fundraiser for another charity that helps to grant the wishes of seriously ill children. It was during this challenge that I made my first foray into full marathon running after winning a ballot entry for London.
2014 saw me complete my first Windermere marathon and an application to the 2015 10in10 followed shortly after that, and acceptance into the event was the catalyst for focus on long distance and marathon running.
As I type this I have completed a total of 112 marathons since my first in 2013, and with good health I am looking forward to adding to this as I prepare and train for the 2019 10in10.
I have become “locked in” to supporting the work of Brathay Trust and although I enjoy challenging myself over 10 consecutive days of marathon running, fundraising for Brathay is the main motivation that draws me back. I continue to be inspired by the stories and testimonies of the children and young adults whose lives are turned around by Brathay. “There but for the grace of God, go I.”
In the five years that I have been involved in fundraising, and with truly wonderful support from those around me, I’ve been able to raise £13,000. I’m looking forward to taking that number at least £3,000 higher during my 2019 10in10 adventure, and that will be the huge motivation when I’m out on those long, cold training runs through winter and throughout the 10in10 when everything hurts.
My hopes for the event are that I stay injury free, complete all 10 marathons, make my supporters proud and bring in as much money as I can for the Trust. My fears are real: injury breakdown, emotional breakdown and fundraising. I can try and control the first two, but not the third. Please support me.
- 2013: London Marathon
- 2014: ASICS Windermere Marathon
- 2015 & 2017: Enigma Quadzilla
- 2015, 2017 & 2018: Brathay 10in10
- 2016: Istanbul Marathon
- 2017: Ultimate Trails 55K
- 2018: Lakeland 50M
- 2020: Brathay 10in10 Donate
Interested in the 10in10?
Are you an experienced marathon runner and up for a new challenge? Would you like to be one of the few specially chosen athletes to run the annual Brathay 10in10 Challenge Event while raising money and awareness for the charity?How can I apply?