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No mountain but plenty of hills as Ian get in training for half marathon

INJURY stopped businessman Ian Chester from hitting the heights in support of our patient care…but now he’s back in training for his next fundraising challenge.

Ian, the managing director of Yorkshire Windows, was set to compete in the 2022 Rat Race Man Vs Mountain event, which would have taken him to the top of Welsh mountain Snowdon and raised at least £500 for St Luke's.

But when a serious injury to his foot put him out of action, all his fundraising plans had to be put on hold.

Now though he’s training again and ready to take on the 2023 Sheffield Half Marathon - and again raise money for our services.

“It would actually be the third time I had done the Man Vs Mountain event but it became very clear that I simply wasn’t in shape to get to the top of Snowdon, which is a really challenge for runners,” Ian said.

“I’ve been forced to take things easy for a few months but I’m getting back into training gradually and am confident that I’ll be ready for the half marathon on March 26 next year.

“It might not be quite a spectacular as Snowdon but all runners know that Sheffield’s hills present their own challenges.”

One of Ian’s last major sporting challenge was the gruelling Barclay’s MoonTrekker, Hong Kong’s celebrated night time endurance event.

He is also a veteran of the London Marathon and the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon in Leeds.

“Knowing that I’m doing the half marathon for St Luke’s Hospice is really the best motivation of all to get fit again,” he said.

“St Luke’s is a brilliant charity that makes a difference to the lives of so many people and i really do want to raise as much money as possible.

“It’s hard to get yourself back into running up those steep hills again but I know it’s going to be worth the effort.”

To support Ian simply visit: Ian run

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