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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Willaston resident completes 10in10 marathon fundraising challenge

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston


Paul Dean, 37, from Willaston, near Nantwich successfully ran 10 marathons in 10 days to raise money for charity. Paul started his gruelling coast-to-coast 262-mile challenge in Skegness by the North Sea on Friday 25th May 2018, then travelled across the country through Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire, Flintshire, Denbighshire and finished in Llandudno in north Wales by the Irish Sea on Sunday 3rd June.

Paul raised several thousand pounds for blood cancer charity Bloodwise https://bloodwise.org.uk . Paul ran in memory of his father, David, and two friends Mark and Will, who all succumbed to the illness. Bloodwise fund world-class research into all types of blood cancer and provide information and support to those affected.

Paul Dean said: “I’m pleased and very much relieved to have completed the challenge. Ever since my first attempt 3 years ago it's been bugging me that I wasn't able to finish last time. I've been quite worried that I might get injured again; as it happens I did suffer a couple of minor injuries but nothing too serious. With two days to go my ankle swelled up (exactly as it did last time), but as I was close to the end I was able to hobble the last few miles. I think if there had been an extra marathon to run after Sunday I wouldn’t have been able to do it.

I'm really grateful to everybody who has encouraged and helped throughout the build-up and during the event itself. Several people came to see me en route and a few ran with me - that certainly helped my morale; the miles seemed to pass quicker when I had company. Special mention must go to my wife Stephanie who was there every step of the way. The event would have been impossible without her.

The JustGiving page has now reached just under £4,000 which is great - many thanks to everybody who donated - it's a great cause, progress continues to be made in the fight against blood cancers.”

Liz Boffey, from Bloodwise (South Cheshire), said: “Bloodwise South Cheshire are indebted to Paul for this fantastic achievement and raising awareness for all blood cancers. It really has been an amazing challenge and every penny raised goes directly into research of all blood cancers. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all Bloodwise Branches for supporting Paul throughout. Well done Paul!”

To add to Paul’s fundraising total please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runningpeeps3

Paul Dean at the finish at  Llandudno with supporters

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