Martin Page, director of P2 Technologies completed the 75 mile Kirklees Way ultra-marathon on 8th July, raising almost £800 for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
Starting at 7:20pm Friday 7th July the competitors had 21 hours to complete the route, setting off in clockwise direction visiting the Upper Colne Valley, Spen Valley, passing Batley and Dewsbury before heading towards Clayton West and the Holme Valley.
The route is 75 miles long and has over 10,000 feet of climb, almost entirely off-road, following footpaths, open fields and moorland. Some of the route is way marked, however some navigational skills were required particularly during the night.
The event was completely unsupported so runners had to be self-sufficient, although with some of the competitors having GPS trackers friends and family could locate runners and did come out on course to support which was very welcomed. Martin completed the race in 16 hours and finished in 1st position, first ever podium of any running race.
Martin said: “I was surprised how well it went and felt positive and in good shape for most of the race. The cool conditions during the evening were perfect for me which meant I could keep a good pace through the night as I was conscious the morning sunshine would make the last part in to the Holme Valley hard work with all the hills and the heat to contend with. At 60 miles I was starting to slow, however after a quick refuel of a bacon sandwich and coffee gave me enough energy to get up the last few hills from Marsden and to the end. I was over the moon to finish this tough challenge and overall on reflection I enjoyed it. I’ve been overwhelmed with messages of support and I’m particularly grateful to my sponsors for supporting me and this great charity”
Martin chose to raise money for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice because of the amazing contribution they make to the local area. P2 Technologies are also proud members of the Forget Me Not 99 Business Club, and make regular donations to the charity.
The charity support children who suffer from life shortening conditions, offering respite and support to both the children and their family members. Without the support of businesses, volunteers and kind donations from supporters, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice is able to provide this crucial service for the people of Huddersfield and the surrounding areas.
There is still chance to support Martin and donate to his Just Giving page here