Press release: 1000km in 14 days for charity runner

08 November 2012

Thursday 8th November 2012 : For immediate release

1000km in 14 days for charity runner in memory of his wife and father

In 2008 Australian born Harald Ulriksen’s life changed forever.  His beautiful wife, Brony, lost her six-year battle against breast cancer and his father died of lung cancer.  Weighing in at over 120k Harald wasn’t a natural athlete, but chose to walk 2400km solo from Adelaide to Brisbane to ease his grief.  That was the beginning of Harald’s extreme challenges to raise funds and awareness for charity in memory of his wife and father.

Five year’s on and Harald’s brought his fundraising to the UK. 

From 20th November 2012 he will run, unsupported, from Inverness to Brighton in just 14 days, averaging 70km every day in aid of three UK based charities; Children with Cancer UK, World Child Cancer and CLIC Sargent.

Harald, 41 and from Sydney, chose the UK charities as Brony worked with children at her dance school and the couple often discussed their desire to visit and tour the UK.  Harald is hoping that by raising awareness of his run, the people of Great Britain will not only sponsor him but also show their support on route with provisions and shelter or by running part of the way with him.

Towns and cities Harald will run through include Kinross, Jedburgh, Newcastle, York, Nottingham and London (see below for full list).  

Harald set up RunA2B, running from point A to point B to help promote fundraising for worthwhile charities that help people facing the fight against cancer.  Past expeditions have included 1000km run from Melbourne to Sydney, 400km run in New Zealand and 500km in Spain, trekking and climbing in the Himalayas and a mammoth 3700km run in 65 days in Chile.  

Harald explains “I am running in extreme conditions and extremely long distances to highlight the fight against cancer that families face every day. Unfortunately in the world, some families face it with less resources, support and medical attention than others. It is a long road with plenty of hurdles along the way and the endurance required is much like that of an endurance run.”

Children with Cancer UK funds life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood cancer and works to protect young lives through essential welfare and campaigning programmes.

World Child Cancer works to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and palliative care for children across the developing world, redressing the global inequality in the treatment of child cancer.
 
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. It provides clinical, practical and emotional support for young cancer patients and their families, from diagnosis onwards. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
 
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Please include Harald’s fundraising page www.virginmoneygiving.com/runa2b

For more background info, visit www.runa2b.webs.com

Schedule

Date      Start location          End location             Average km

20/11    Inverness               Newtonmore                    72
21/11    Newtonmore           Pitlochry                           67
22/11    Pitlochry                  Kinross                            72
23/11    Kinross                    Pathhead                        72
24/11    Pathhead                Jedburgh                         61
25/11    Jedburgh                 Newcastle                       81
26/11    Newcastle               Stockton on Tees             71
27/11    Stockton on Tees    York                                  79
28/11    York                         Bawtry                             69
29/11    Bawtry                    Nottingham                      65
30/11    Nottingham             Corby                                71
01/12    Corby                      Luton                                79
02/12    Luton                      London                              70
03/12    London                    Brighton                            73

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