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Kenneth Donaldson

The GUCR - Running 145 miles non-stop .

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My story

[p]It’s been a while since I have done something for the Save the Rhino, the charity of which I am proud to be a Patron. Meantime, the poaching war has not let up, and now Trump has announced potentially devastating cuts to the US grants that have been a constant lifeline these past years.[/p][p][br][/p][p]As I have repeatedly come back to you for sponsorship assistance, I have always felt it necessary to keep upping the ante. I now think I have found a challenge where I can say with absolutely no exaggeration that, given the very high probability of failure, the ante is well and truly upped.[/p][p][br][/p][p]I am told that most people succeed at running the Grand Union Canal on their second attempt. I am told the dropout rate on the day (actually days, it’s over a 45 hour maximum period) is around 50%. I have never run anything close to 145 miles in a oner, the furthest I have attempted was 100kms, a mere 60 odd miles, and that just about broke me. Now I am older and slower, and perhaps that will go in my favour over such a huge distance. Who knows? In an attempt to ignore the sheer physical effort that will be required, I tell myself “it’s mostly a mental challenge”. And that’s where you come in.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Any sponsorship you can manage will, I am certain, be just about the only thing keeping me going as I trudge through the dark hours. The thought of your valuable sponsorship will surely help me to push through.[/p][p][br][/p][p]The race is at the end of May next year, over the bank holiday weekend. If you fancy running with me for a stretch it would be a joy to see some of you out there. The race has strict rules… you can only take a 40 minute maximum break, and “pacers” must run alongside or behind – never in front. I find that idea hilarious. The idea of anyone pacing me to a superfast time is so frankly ludicrous as to be unspeakable. Trotting behind with a sharp stick will probably be more like the truth of it. If I average close to 5 mph it will be a miracle.[/p][p][br][/p][p]So, can I ask you please to get your wallets out one more time, for a cause that absolutely needs dedication for the long run (ho ho), but with absolute justification – we cannot let rhinos, and all they represent, disappear on our watch.[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

26 May 2018


Jul 29, 2018

Allyson and NIgel

great achievement Kenneth - can't think what the next upping the ante will be

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 25, 2018

Katie Blades

Kenneth - really an amazing achievement. Well done.


Jun 19, 2018

David E

Congratulations on what was clearly a gruelling event - but for a very worthwhile cause

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 18, 2018


Well done mate, great effort.

£220.00 plus £55.00 Gift Aid

Jun 13, 2018

Rade Musulin

Great job Kenneth!


Jun 11, 2018

Claire Grindal

Ken you’re amazing! Well done. Hope to see you soon.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 8, 2018


A huge well done! Lucy and Matt x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 6, 2018


Lovely to meet you and your fantastic crew - congratulations to you, you're an inspiration!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 4, 2018


£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

May 31, 2018

Patrick Cleary

Well done Kenneth!

£14.55 plus £3.64 Gift Aid