Our inspirational runners made it! After an epic 262 miles, they finished at Nottingham castle on Saturday 13th October to a highly emotional homecoming. Met by family, friends and supporters the three runners - Dominic Towle, Tom Brown and Roger Harrison – arrived to loud cheers and rapturous applause from the crowds gathered and well-deserved medals were awarded to the runners and support crew.

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The three had set off from Edinburgh Castle on 9th October to begin their epic challenge of running the equivalent of 2 marathons each day over 5 days. On Day 5 they ran from Barnsley to Nottingham – around 47 miles.

Roger said “There were times I really doubted I’d see it through to the end, but with the help of our supporters, we made it happen!”

Why did they take on this challenge?

To help improve the lives of stroke survivors and their families. The Ossie Newell Foundation is dedicated to providing funding to support one PhD student per annum at the University of Nottingham with the aim of raising the level of research in the area of rehabilitation after stroke.

Now they’ve done all the hard work, it’s time to make a donation visit:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/postmenrun1 - [Tom Brown]

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/postmenrun2 - [Dominic Towle]

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/postmenrun3 - [Roger Harrison]

 

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With grateful thanks to the 2 Castles Run sponsors: Clearwater International, Royal Mail, and Pegasus Windows.

 

Three runners - Dominic Towle, Tom Brown and Roger Harrison - set off from Edinburgh Castle on 9th October to begin their epic challenge of running 262 miles over 5 days - the equivalent of 2 marathons each day. On Day 4 they ran from Carthorpe to Barnsley – around 55 miles, with 1,962 feet of climbs and with the added challenge of storm Callum.

Why are they doing this?

Dom’s story

My name is Dominic Towle and I have worked for the Royal Mail for 25 Years. I have been a keen runner for 11 years. I am committed to this because I am interested in supporting good causes and people with medical conditions and disabilities, especially stroke & brain injury. It began with my brother Aaron Tring who has cerebral palsy and is permanently in a wheel chair. By early 2015 I pushed hard to enter the Robin Hood Marathon, not just for myself, I had completed a marathon before, but for Aaron, to push him the whole of the 26-mile route in his wheel chair.

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Since 2015 our redoubtable team of Nottingham Park Postmen (and sometimes 4) have raised over £11,500.00 in total for the good causes. We are running from Edinburgh Castle to Nottingham Castle to raise funds in support of stroke rehabilitation research to help stroke survivors of the future & their families to have a better life through the work of Ossie Newell Foundation Trust. I look forward to this challenge with great enthusiasm and hopefully we will make a huge contribution to the Foundation and a significant difference to people in need of excellent rehabilitation and this kind of support.

One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime. The impact of stroke in the UK takes a toll not just on the patient, but on family and friends and not insignificantly on the financial resources of an already stretched health service. The Ossie Newell Foundation is dedicated to providing funding to support one PhD student per annum at Nottingham University with the aim of raising the level of research in the area of rehabilitation after stroke.

To make a donation visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/postmenrun2

With grateful thanks to the 2 Castles Run sponsors: Clearwater International, Royal Mail, and Pegasus Windows.

Good luck ONF castle2castle team!

Day 3

Three runners - Dominic Towle, Tom Brown and Roger Harrison - set off from Edinburgh Castle on 9th October to begin their epic challenge of running 262 miles over 5 days - the equivalent of 2 marathons each day. On Day 3 they ran from Newcastle upon Tyne to Carthorpe – some 58 miles, with 1,350 feet of climbs.

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Why are they doing this?

Tom’s story

 My name is Tom Brown and I work for the Royal Mail in Nottingham. I have been running for the past 5 years with my close friends and work colleagues Dominic and Roger. We recently ran the length of Hadrian’s Wall for the Billy’s House charity which cares for children suffering from cancer and we also ran from Nottingham to Skegness to raise money for a colleague’s daughter who had Leukaemia.

I feel that that this next event will not only be for a great cause in supporting the Ossie Newell Foundation Trust to raise money to sponsor PhD Students who will carry out research into stroke rehabilitation for the benefit of patients and families to lead better lives after stroke, but will also be close to my heart and personal to me as my grandfather suffered a stroke 24 years ago, which has left him with severe disability.

I look forward to the task in hand with great enthusiasm and hopefully we will make a huge contribution to the Foundation and a significant difference to all people in need of excellent rehabilitation.

As a team we will complete 10 marathons each, a total of 30 Marathons in all, quite an epic challenge. We have set this extremely ambitious challenge to raise much larger amounts of money than we have normally done before because we feel this is such a worthy cause!

One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime. The impact of stroke in the UK takes a toll not just on the patient, but on family and friends and not insignificantly on the financial resources of an already stretched health service. The Ossie Newell Foundation is dedicated to providing funding to support one PhD student per annum at the University of Nottingham with the aim of raising the level of research in the area of rehabilitation after stroke.

To make a donation visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/postmenrun1

 

Good luck ONF castle2castle team!

Day 2

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Three runners - Dominic Towle, Tom Brown and Roger Harrison - set off from Edinburgh Castle on 9th October to begin their epic challenge of running 262 miles over 5 days - the equivalent of 2 marathons each day. On Day 2 they ran from Jedburgh to Newcastle upon Tyne - around 50 miles of undulating terrain including mega hills across the borders.

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Why are they doing this?

Roger’s story

My name is Roger Harrison and I have been working for the Royal Mail for 11 years. I am an outdoors kind of person and love keeping fit, so when I discovered I was good at running some 10 years ago this ticked all my boxes. I thrive on setting myself new challenges and setting the bar higher each time; knowing that I am doing it for a good cause, or to raise money to help change lives, this makes me more determined to achieve my goals.

Even from an experienced marathon runner’s perspective, to run from Edinburgh Castle to Nottingham Castle over 5 days it is not going to be an ‘easy ride’. Nevertheless, we shall be running for a great cause - the Ossie Newell Foundation - to raise money to fund PhD students to conduct research into rehabilitation after stroke to make patients and families lives better. With the right planning and support from all kinds of people we are confident that we shall be able to drum up enough sponsorship money for the Charity’s aims and make it through to the finish no matter what!

We have set this extremely ambitious challenge to raise much larger amounts of money than we have normally done before because we feel this is such a worthy cause!

One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime. The impact of stroke in the UK takes a toll not just on the patient, but on family and friends and not insignificantly on the financial resources of an already stretched health service. The Ossie Newell Foundation is dedicated to providing funding to support one PhD student per annum at Nottingham University with the aim of raising the level of research in the area of rehabilitation after stroke.

To make a donation visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/postmenrun3

 

Good luck ONF castle2castle team!

 

Day 1

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And they're off! Three runners - Dominic Towle, Tom Brown and Roger Harrison - set off from Edinburgh Castle early on Tuesday 9th October to begin their epic challenge of running 262 miles over 5 days - the equivalent of 2 marathons each day. On Day 1 they run from Edinburgh to Jedburgh - around 53 miles.
 
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This amazing journey on foot from Edinburgh to Nottingham is all to raise funds for Stroke Rehabilitation Research, a fantastic cause, & close to their hearts.
 
After a bowl of porridge, the runners were given a true Scottish send-off by a piper and Professor Marion Walker MBE, Professor in Stroke Rehabilitation at the University of Nottingham to help them on their way. The three runners were joined by Dr Wayne Sunman, Stroke Physician at Nottingham for the first leg.

 
Good luck ONF castle 2 castle team!

The Ossie Newell Foundation

For stroke survivors like myself, the path to recovery is long, hard, and painful. We depend on people we never met before to care for us and help us recover, and behind the scenes the work of many professionals goes unrewarded and many times unnoticed.

The fundamental need for excellence in research into strokes and stroke recovery is clear. I have set up the Ossie Newell Foundation to try and contribute to this research in recognition of the debt of gratitude I owe those people who helped me on a long, hard but ultimately life-saving journey.

 

 

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