…and they’re not pretty.
Former English Rugby union International and County Cricketer Alastair Hignell CBE lead 70 runners dubbed Higgy’s Heroes at the Stroud half marathon on Sunday 24 October.
Alastair put a call out earlier in the year urging local residents to join his half marathon team and take on the challenging 13 mile route in order to help raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre (MSRC) based in Colchester, Essex.
Former BBC Commentator Alastair was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999 and now spends much of his time raising funds for the MSRC with the assistance of his fundraising comrades Higgy’s Heroes who have been tackling sporting events to raise funds and awareness since 2008.
Alastair said: “Over 70 team mates took part including Mark Nicholls and Paul Benzie both Quingo Team members – the competition was tough and although both gents finished neither looked too good afterwards. Luckily the main aim for the day is to ensure everyone crosses the finishing line and helps to spread the word for a good cause, we’re not looking for Olympians.”
Mark Nicholls, Managing Director for Forever Active Ltd, said: “It’s been a task in itself to stick to regular training ahead of the big event but neither Paul nor I are regular runners, so this was a real challenge.”
Mark completed the run in a very respectable 2 hours 19 minutes while Paul has wisely requested that his time not be published.
Organised by the Stroud & District Athletics Club, the Stroud Half Marathon is one of the best sporting events in the South West that continues to support both the local community and charities. Now in its 27th year, over 2,500 runners competed in one of the most popular events of its type in the UK.
Alastair continued: “As a patron of the MRSC I spend as much time as possible raising money for those with lesser mobility. I can’t walk very far which is why I have two Quingo’s – as five wheeled scooters they are more flexible than the average scooter. We would like to thank both the runners and all those that came out to support them on the day”
For further details on Higgy’s Heroes please visit http://www.higgysheroes.com/ or call 0800 783 0518.