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Ric Hallikeri

Rics 12 month challenge Fund Raising Page

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi,[/p][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][b]I'm doing endurance events over 12 months  finishing with the "Toughest Foot Race on Earth" in April 2015 to raise funds for Grace House Childrens Hospice[/b][/p][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][/p][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][b]NEXT EVENT: MARATHON DES SABLES, MOROCCO. 5th APRIL[/b][/p][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][b]CHARITY: [url=http://www.gracehouse.co.uk/]http://www.gracehouse.co.uk/[/url][/b][/p][p]On April 26[sup]th[/sup] 2013 my friend, Kenny, called me and asked me if I wanted to run with him two days later in the Sunderland 10K. I agreed, having never ran any distance worth talking about, outside in my life.[/p][p]I hated every step, had to stop pretty much every 1K to get my breath, however when I completed it I got an amazing sense of achievement and all the pain I had felt in the previous hour or so seemed to disappear.  [/p][p]It was then that I decided that I would take up running in order to lose weight, be a healthier Dad, stop drinking (so much) and also to help gain a better understanding of who I was. Life was very stressful; both at home as well as in business. Every time I went for a run everything seemed to become more clear as to what I needed to do to improve things.[/p][p]Throughout the next few months I entered a number of events in order to keep me motivated and ensure that I would lace up my trainers and get out the door come rain or shine. I have never focussed on what times I finish in….. just to do my best and not stop. I completed a few more 10K runs (without stopping), a triathlon, and three half marathons including the Great North Run and the Sunderland Half Marathon – The same event that I struggled with the 10K a year earlier.[/p][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][b]I still do not enjoy running, but I Love where it has brought me so far![/b][/p][p]Over the last year, I:[/p][p]have lost nearly 3 stone from 17 ½st at my heaviest[/p][p]now wear 34”waist jeans instead of 40”[/p][p]consume far less alcohol[/p][p]can run around with my kids, Sofia and Blake, without being out of breath[/p][p]have become far less erratic in my decision making[/p][p]am moving in the right direction at home and work[/p][p]In the Summer of 2013, I got talking to Dave Cook. I had met Dave a couple of times over the years, but didn’t really know him. We were at the Durham Regatta for a stag do, drinking far too many beers, wines, cocktails (you get the picture), when he said that if I  was up for a challenge that I  should enter the Marathon Des Sables….as he had completed it 5 years previously. All I knew was that it was 6 marathons in 6 days in 50 degree heat across the Sahara Desert and you carried all your food and supplies…… I said he was crazy and pretty much walked away and drank with another part of the group for the rest of the day.[/p][p]The next morning, I woke up early and for some reason decided to Google “Marathon Des Sables” (MDS). I found out it has been branded as “The Toughest Foot Race on Earth”. I then went on to watch about 5 hours of videos on YouTube.[/p][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][b]At 4pm I sent Dave a text and asked him how I entered…….[/b][/p][p]I have now secured my place and will be running in the 30[sup]th[/sup] Sultan Marathon Des Sables during April 2015 in Morocco. Up until then, every month I will be doing some kind of endurance challenge. The first being the Edinburgh Marathon on the 25[sup]th[/sup] May.[/p][p]I have chosen to raise  funds for the Grace House Children’s Hospice in Sunderland. Karen and the Team there are truly remarkable.  Don’t take my word for it; Watch the video and click the link to make up your own mind as to how much of a worthy cause it is! [url=http://www.gracehouse.co.uk/]http://www.gracehouse.co.uk/[/url][/p][p]Im doing the hard work, so please give as much as you can. The more I raise the more determined I will be to complete this year long challenge![/p][p]Much love,[/p][p]Ric x[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

05 Apr 2015


May 14, 2015

Sun Spirit

Congratulations Ric from all at Sun Spirit - a fantastic achievement for a worthy cause!


May 12, 2015

Ravi & Suman Sanikop

Well done Richard! An amazing achievement and very inspiring.


May 2, 2015

The Drydens

Congratulations on a fantastic achievement....well done Ric.

£60.00 plus £15.00 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2015

p campbell

Hi well done from pat neil olivia louise friends xxx


Apr 24, 2015

Lee and Liv Walker

Well done Ric! An amazing and inspiring story, seriously in awe!!!!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 23, 2015

Simon Westrip

Just read the story in the Echo what a fantastic effort well done. Simon

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 23, 2015

Jane Sedgwick

Massive well done! Great cause - from my parents :)

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 18, 2015


Apr 14, 2015


Amazing, well done Ric!


Apr 12, 2015


well done pal, great achievement