Fundraiser takes 100-mile run in his stride in only 27 hours
Travelling vet was his inspiratiOn
Torrential rain, steep hills and a 30-hour time limit were just three of the challenges an Ashford man successfully overcame when he completed an incredible 100-mile ultra-marathon on the North Downs.
Andrew Cairns, 34, from Egerton, ran for a whopping 27 hours, pausing only a few times for quick aid breaks in the North Downs Way 100 (NDW100) race to raise money for International Animal Rescue.
Ex-Army man Mr Cairns said he set himself a challenge two years ago to transform himself from being a five-mile jogger to an ultra-marathon runner and is proud of his achievement.
He said: “The thing is there is also 10,000 feet of climbing in there as well so it’s a bit like running 100 miles and then climbing the Shard 10 times.
“I am definitely feeling chuffed that I completed it but I don’t think it has really sunk in yet.
“I probably won’t do another though. I am so knackered, it really takes it out of you.
“But the thing is it is not just you that it takes it out of. My Mr Cairns chose International Animal Rescue as his charity after being inspired by Lisa Milella, the vet who is travelling the world saving some of the most endangered animals after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
He has raised just over £500 but is still taking donations.
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‘I am feeling chuffed that I completed it but I don’t think it has really sunk in yet’
family and friends in my support group went through the whole thing with me and I could not have done it without them.”
The mammoth course, approximately four times the length of a normal marathon, starts in Farnham and snakes through the countryside finishing in Wye.
Extreme weather and adverse conditions led to a 40% dropout rate this year as 71 runners failed to complete the difficult course.
Mr Cairns added: “Having to give up because you’re being sick or because of illness happens to a lot of runners.
“I did a 50-mile race in May and got my first ‘did not finish’ (DNF) because of my illness and when you do pull out it’s an awful feeling because you feel like you have let everyone down.
“I think that feeling got me through this one as I’m not usually one for giving up and as long as physically I could do it then mentally I would make sure I did.
“They told us in the Army that the body is a lot stronger than the mind.”
Ex-Army man Andrew Cairns completed a 100-mile marathon challenge which took 27 hours