Gran­dad’s ul­tra run aids project for grannies

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Will Luff, from Seer Green, took part in the Com­rades Marathon, a gru­elling 56 mile race in Kwa-Zulu-Natal, South Africa, on Sun­day May 29.

Mr Luff – who de­signs cos­tume glasses for the film in­dus­try and a fa­ther of four – ran 90km from Pi­eter­mar­itzburg to Durban to raise funds for the Hill­crest AIDS Cen­tre Trust (HACT)’s Granny Sup­port Project, which is found along the Com­rades route.

Mr Luff has de­signed glasses for films such as Harry Pot­ter and James Bond and made a gift of 100 read­ing glasses to grannies liv­ing close to the Com­rades route, many of whom care for their or­phaned grand­chil­dren.

He has raised nearly £1,000 this year to do­nate to HACT’s Granny project.

A mem­ber of the UK Com­rades team, he al­ready has 14 ul­tra-marathons – in­clud­ing two con­sec­u­tive Com­rades races un­der his belt – and in prepa­ra­tion com­pleted more than 1,600km of train­ing, which works out as 100-150 miles per month.

Mr Luff said: “The Com­rades is not only the world’s old­est ul­tra- marathon, largest.

“It takes loads of will power to race 90km in the African heat, so run­ning for a charity like HACT gives me the in­cen­tive to keep on go­ing when the go­ing gets tough.

“HACT works right at the cen­tre of the world’s HIV/ AIDS pan­demic and when I saw HACT’s projects last year, I was so moved that I wanted to give back in some way.”

Olivia Myeza, CEO of HACT, said: “We are de­lighted Will has cho­sen to use this op­por­tu­nity to raise funds and aware­ness for Hill­crest AIDS Cen­tre Trust. In­ter­na­tional sup­port and com­pe­ti­tions like the Com­rades can help to fur­ther our mis­sion to re­duce stigma and raise aware­ness about HIV/ AIDS.

“We are liv­ing in a prov­ince where just over one in three peo­ple are HIV pos­i­tive, so we are so grate­ful for any help we re­ceive to con­tinue our work.”

Mr Luff has been run­ning since he was at school where he was a keen cross coun­try team mem­ber. His sons also run marathons and two have com­pleted Com­rades, in­clud­ing Matt who com­peted in this year’s race.

Visit https://my.give.net/ com­rades4hill­crest or https://www.face­book. com/com­rades4 hill­crest?fref=nf for more in­for­ma­tion. but also the

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