Gruelling 48 hour run in St Peter Port to raise £100,000 for charity

May 20th, 2015 by Richard Lord

Philip Smith (left) and Warren Mauger are running on a treadmill for 48 hours in early September 2015 to raise money for several charities (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Philip Smith (left) and Warren Mauger are running on a treadmill for 48 hours in early September 2015 to raise money for several charities (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Philip Smith and Warren Mauger hope to raise £100,000 for four charities through sponsorship for an Epic 48 hour long run on treadmills in Market Square, St Peter Port, Guernsey from Friday 4 September to Sunday 6 September 2015.

They will be joined in their challenge by experienced marathon runners and record-breaking athletes Robert Young and Adam Holland.

The money raised will be split three ways with a third of the funds raised going to This is Epic, a third to The Hub, and one third to Robert Young’s chosen charities – the NSPCC and Dreams Come True.

Charlie Cox, manager of The Hub in St Peter Port, Guernsey, that has 8 staff members and about 50 trained volunteers, said The Hub had recently taken over the responsibility for running The Sunflower Trust Guernsey, which helps children cope with bereavement. The funds donated to The Hub will go towards the work of The Sunflower Trust.

Philip Smith, co-founder of This is Epic, which was established in 2013, operates in villages in Uganda and the Congo to train people to establish local savings and loan agencies that facilitate local entrepreneurship.

Warren Mauger said the challenge was about raising money for charity but in the process, Philip and Warren hope to break the world record for running the most distance in 48 hours. The current world record is 251.79 miles.

Robert Young said “Warren, Philip and Adam are putting everything on the line to help our wonderfully supportive charities.”

The challenge scares Warren Mauger but he believes he can help to shine a light on the charities he is supporting.

“If I didn’t believe my running would change people’s lives, I would not have the will power to see these gruelling challenges through,” he said.

Supporters can follow Philip and Warren’s preparations through the epicchallenges website, and donations can be made through Justgiving.

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