Brian New has done it again! The man dubbed the ‘Endurance King’ has completed the 145 mile Grand Union Canal Race between Birmingham and London.
The run, which took Brian a personal best of 41 hours and 27 minutes, is the latest in a series of endurance races Brian is undertaking to raise funds for Fisher House at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
He’s already raised almost £2,000 for the ‘home from home’ where troops can spend time away from the ward with their families, friends and colleagues.
“The weather was horrendous; it was like running in a car wash,” Brian told QEHBC.
“I finished 35th of 53 finishers. There were 97 starters and it was probably the toughest running race I’ve ever done.”
Brian adds: “My support crew of my wife Alison, and friends Rob and Leanne Hall, were fantastic. The finish for me was made even more special by the fact that my 20-year-old son Ben ran the last 15 miles with me.
“We finished in torrential rain and my blisters were so bad that three times I had to stop and “mummify” my feet in zinc oxide tape to stop the rubbing. It was two days before I dare take the tape off and see how bad my feet were!”
Brian’s next events are the (worryingly titled) ‘Hell on the Humber’ and ‘RingOFire’, a 131m run around the coast of Anglesey. Both take place in August.
To find out more about Brian’s daring exploits and support his fundraising visit: Http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/briannew
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