Paddy Cuthbert (East Linton), Rob Begg (Lasswade) and Joss Mitchell (East Saltoun) are about to test themselves to the limits on a fund-raising coastal trail run in East Lothian – The Teapot 45.
First thing today (28 September) the ‘40 plus’ year olds will set out to run the 45-mile route of the John Muir Way, in one go, in aid of The Teapot Trust, a Scottish (Cockenzie based) charity that provides essential art therapy to children battling with lengthy and life-threatening medical conditions in hospitals around Scotland.
Paddy Cuthbert said:
Having never even completed a marathon before I thought I would make things a lot tougher for myself by going for a serious ultra-marathon distance first time out. Remarkably Rob and Joss, who have both suffered the New York Marathon, volunteered to join me.
Rob Begg said:
We have gone for a test worthy of support from friends, family and work colleagues. Reality has now firmly set in and 45 miles is a scarily long way. It is for an extremely good cause and we can’t wait to get started.
Joss Mitchell added:
We’ll be running the full 45 mile route of the John Muir Way in one go and knowing that we have sponsorship for The Teapot Trust riding on this challenge will keep us motivated to reach the finish line, no matter how long it takes us.
The three ‘runners’ have raised just over £3000 of their £7000 target so far and they welcome any donation, even a few pounds, at http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Teapot45. Every penny of the money raised will go towards funding a qualified art therapist at Scottish children’s hospitals for a year.
Perhaps you would also like to join the trio on their run on foot or on a bike? They are aiming at 10 to 12 minute miles for the duration so a few miles should be manageable for most. If you want to join them or just cheer from the sidelines just get in touch through the Teapot 45 Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Teapot45.
Rob, Paddy and Joss have a strong support crew headed up by local entrepreneur Anthony Stodart (Kingston), who runs successful online outdoor clothing firm Ardmoor based at Fenton Barns. The trio also recently found out that they are staging their John Muir Way challenge on the 175th anniversary year of John Muir’s birth in Dunbar, East Lothian.
Art therapy helps children cope with long term and life threatening medical conditions. It provides a way for children with long term health problems to express and deal with their anxiety, anger, upset and other difficult feelings. Using non-verbal communication through the creative process, art therapy often leads to being able to access words and share worries, helping children to gain confidence, feel more in control and cope with their condition. For more information on The Teapot Trust go to – http://www.teapot-trust.org/.