LAD Runs Half Marathon At 36,000-Feet On Empty Plane To Raise Money For Cancer Support
A member of cabin crew ran 13 miles at 36,000 feet above ground for charity, battling with turbulence in a bid to complete a half marathon while on an empty eight-hour cargo flight.
View this post on Instagram*UPDATE* Due to health and safety limitations of being up in the sky I have been advised that a half marathon is the maximum distance I'm allowed to complete due to being up in the air and the safety of everyone on board. Something a bit crazy and positive to take our mind off these difficult times! This year has been hugely difficult for everyone, especially those in the aviation industry, the impact of COVID has been devastating in many ways. It has had a huge knock on effect on the support of many incredible charities with a lack of fundraising events so I thought I would try and raise some money for a few charities close to me. My incredible inspirational Mum passed away 2 years ago from cancer which changed my life forever. She was cabin crew years before bringing me into the world and by undertaking this challenge I will be flying high with her every step of the way. A few of my amazing colleagues have inspired me to partake in this insane challenge. My passion for health, wellbeing and fitness has been a huge part of my life and now it is more important than ever. I have run many different races in the past including marathons but nothing quite as crazy as this. Out of pure gratitude for what our mind and body can achieve with strength and determination I am challenging myself to complete an ultra marathon in a cabin pressurised to around 6000 feet on an aircraft for an 11 hour flight. From take off out of Beijing to landing back into London Heathrow. Moving non stop on a mountain for 11 hours how hard can it be right? Il be doing this on the 13th July dedicating it to my amazing Mum, my fabulous colleagues and everyone who has been affected by this COVID crisis! All donations will be much appreciated (LINK IN BIO), so much love to everyone, I can't thank you enough for your support! Hope to see you on a flight very soon x @virginatlantic @virginholidays @macmillancancer #WEcharity #macmillancancersupport #ultramarathon #challenge #flying #wings #beijing #london #virginatlantic #virginholidays
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The dedicated runner came up with the unique challenge after noticing a lot of fundraising events had been cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19, which had directly impacted charities who rely on donations.
Henry, who lives in East London Docklands, completed the run last month in two hours and 37 minutes and raised over £1,000 ($1,300) in memory of his beloved mum Tracey, who died in 2018 after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Tracey was also a former cabin crew member which made the challenge even more poignant, and Henry opted to donate half the money raised to Macmillan, to help ensure the charity can continue to support those impacted by a cancer diagnosis.
Henry said: "My incredible inspirational mum passed away two years ago after being diagnosed with breast cancer, and it changed my life forever.
"She had been a cabin crew member years before I was born and by undertaking this challenge, and while the run was hard due to the cabin pressure and turbulence, when I was up in the sky, I felt she was with me every step of the way."
Explaining why he decided to tackle such a unique challenge, Henry - who ensured he adhered to social distancing throughout the run - said: "With a lack of fundraising events, I thought I would try and think of a different, socially-distanced way to raise some money for a few charities close to me, including Macmillan.
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"I have run many different races in the past including marathons but nothing quite as crazy as this."
View this post on Instagram:pound::sparkles: In 2019, we spent a tremendous £180.8 million on services for people affected by cancer! This included funding and supporting a range of health and social care professionals, and providing information and practical, emotional, and financial support to people living with cancer and their friends and families :green_heart:.
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If a sky run isn't your cup of tea or you don't have the means to complete one (let's face it, you can't just get out of your seat and start jogging up and down the aisles), there are other ways to raise to support Macmillan, including hosting a Coffee Morning this month.
The charity are urging people to do whatever it takes to get involved and help them keep supporting people with cancer.
Emma Stokes-Heley, Macmillan Area Fundraising Manager for London, says: "Demand for our cancer support services is greater than ever, but, due to coronavirus, we are facing a significant drop in our income.
"That's why we're so grateful for the incredible efforts of fundraisers like Henry, helping us do all we can to be there for people with cancer now and in the future.
"We are doing everything we can to help address the immediate and unique challenges that having cancer during this pandemic brings but we need everyone's support, and while not everyone can take on a challenge like Henry's, hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning is another perfect way to show support.
"Donations are vital to enable us to continue to be there for people living with cancer."
Sign up at coffee.macmillan.org.uk.
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