Dad's ultra challenge for hospice

26 October 2017
Martin House dad Robin Warden has completed an incredible 80km ultra marathon to raise money for the hospice.

Robin and his partner Clare McVeigh's daughter Grace Indah Warden McVeigh died at Martin House in July 2016, aged eight months. She had a rare genetic condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) type 1.

Robin said: "Clare, Grace and I had several wonderful stays at Martin House during Grace's short yet amazing life. By way of a thank you I decided to enter my first ultra marathon, in order to raise money for Martin House and the SMA Trust."

He decided to compete in the Lakes in a Day challenge, starting at the very top of the Lake District in Caldbeck, heading up and over Blencathera, up to Helvelyn range, past Striding Edge, over to Fairfield, down to Ambleside, then following the west shore of Lake Windermere and beyond to finish in Cartmel. 
Robin added: "The race was very tough, partly due to the weather conditions, with driving horizontal rain, gales of over 50mph and very poor visibility in the mountains.

"I aided someone down to Ambleside, after he had fallen over, cutting both his knees and one elbow. Most of the 12,000ft of climbing was completed in the first half, then from Ambleside the route was quite flat, but in complete darkness, although I did have my head torch on at this point."

He completed the race in 15 hours and 33 minutes, putting him 88th out of 355 runners, with 80 having dropped out from injuries, getting lost or not making the cut-off times at check points. 

Robin has so fair raised more than £2,300, which will be split between Martin House and the SMA Trust.