From September 2015, Wayne Russell will be running, unsupported, around the British mainland coast. Starting from London, the run will take him clockwise around Britain for over 5000 miles, keeping as close to the coast as possible.
“The aim of the run is to raise money for my chosen charity; The Superhero Foundation, but also inspire others, in the same way others have inspired me to do this in the first place. It all comes down to three things:
- My Sister
- And as cheesy as it sounds, to just do something with my life.
“My Sister, Carmel Webb, died suddenly on New Year’s Eve 2013, after battling primary pulmonary hypertension, a rare heart and lung condition. Despite being terminally ill, Carmel was chairman of the Podsmead Community Association as well as working for the grants scheme. She also ran a luncheon club for more than 100 senior citizens, launched Freedom Kids – a youth group for more than 60 children and was also the brains behind a mobility repair service and worked to promote the British Heart Foundation’s efforts with Gloucester City Council.
During the run-up to her funeral, I started a facebook page, Carma (Carmel/Karma), where I carried out random acts of kindness in her honour. Friends, family and strangers took up the challenge and people as far as Canada did their good deeds too. The idea was a great way to celebrate my Sister, but it also inspired me to do more. Not just for others, but for myself too.
It was during that time; the idea of doing the British coast run sprouted and grew. I’ve read, watched and followed many people as they went on their way to achieving a personal challenge. Whether it was Jamie McDonald running across Canada, George Mahood’s penniless adventure through Britain, Linda Pritchard’s UK coast run, James Adams, Sean Conway, Ira Rainey, Christopher McDougal, Danny Wallace and Ben Hatch…. The list goes on but they all share one thing. They all made me say ‘I wish I could do something like that’.
So instead of wishing, I’m taking action. I will run the British coast.”
All money raised will go to the Superhero Foundation, a charity co-founded by Kev Brady and Jamie McDonald. The charity assists families in need to access otherwise inaccessible treatments for mental or physical illness. Unfortunately, it’s too late to help my Sister. However, in true ‘Carma’ style, I’ll be trying my best to help others live a better life!