Brett to run from John O'Groats to Land's End
Sussex man Brett Saunders is running the length of Britain from John O’Groats to Land’s End, despite considering himself an ‘inexperienced runner’.
Brett, 30, from Heathfield, East Sussex, will set off from the northernmost tip of Scotland on September 14th, running some 52-miles a day for 16 days to cover the 805-mile route.
Brett is running for two charities, SUDEP Action and the British Heart Foundation. He's raising funds in memory of two people who were close to him – his friend Tom Sibree, who died from SUDEP in 2015, aged just, 24, and his uncle John Abbott, who died of a heart attack last December.
“Tom was one of the nicest people I've ever met and I was very lucky to hang out with him,” said Brett.
“I recall vividly he said to me 'if you ever get stuck or need a place to stay you know you've always got mine' which stayed with me. I only learnt about SUDEP after Tom's death and SUDEP Action is a small charity doing great things. Seeing the Sibree family dealing with something no family should have to deal with was heartbreaking, but also then seeing what SUDEP Action means to them all and what difference can be made by raising money is a real driver.”
He added: “The British Heart Foundation is important to me because my uncle died from a heart attack. He was far too young to die.”
Brett only took up running during lockdown and ran his first race in 2020, albeit over 100km!
He said: “I haven't done anything on this scale before. Apart from the 100km, I’ve run a couple of marathons but I’m not an experienced runner. However, I thought how cool it would be to run the length of Britain, as well as being an amazing thing to achieve. After I ran 100km I decided to test myself and up the challenge to get people interested and raise the money I want to raise. The toughest part is going to be doing 52 miles day-after-day for 16 days.
“For training, I’m spending lots of time on my feet – with long walks after long runs. I’m enjoying the process, if that’s possible, and I’m really excited by the challenge ahead.”
To support Brett’s challenge go to justgiving