Running for Life


30 May 2019


We’re delighted to be supporting David Barclay from Kent, who’s running a daunting ultra-marathon to raise vital funds for a cause any parent could identify with.

David’s daughter Beth is one of around 10,500 people in UK who suffer from cystic fibrosis (CF), which affects the lungs, digestive system and other organs. CF is a genetic condition, so you’re born with it and can’t ‘catch’ it in later life; but while CF is comparatively rare, one in 25 of us carries the faulty gene that can cause the condition.

The disease can be managed, but at present, there’s no cure. The range and complexity of the symptoms take a huge toll on the body: half of CF patients don’t see their 41st birthday. But David is determined that Beth will be one of those who do.

“Until the right drugs are made freely available it’s critical that we fund cutting-edge research and support people with the condition and their loved ones every step of the way,” he says.

So in October 2018, David signed up for the Great Strides South Ultra-marathon – 65km (40 miles) of sweat and terror over the Surrey Hills – to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. A daunting challenge indeed – especially for someone who had never attempted a regular marathon. Or a half-marathon. Or even a 5km park run. “Still going through phases of thinking 65km is only home to Sainsbury’s and back 30-odd times,” David wrote in December. “Then I think that it’s home to Folkestone down the M20 and that seems a lot longer.”

However, with such a powerful motivation behind his efforts, David soon began racking up the miles, as well as hitting the gym and swimming regularly at his local pool. Even a minor foot injury in the early spring proved only a minor setback, thanks to his determination. In April he ran his first marathon, with a couple of reconnaissance runs over the course in May. As part of his training, David took regular baths in Newton Wood crystals to aid his recovery; you can read more about the soothing, relaxing and curative properties of Epsom salt here.

He also recorded some video footage to capture his efforts for posterity, which you can view on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Alongside his training (and emerging movie career), David’s also been working hard at fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust through his JustGiving page. So far, he’s received pledges totalling almost £3,000 putting him on course to achieve his £4,000 target. “There’s an awful lot of people asking for your money these days. Beth hates to ask you as well but she needs it, and I’m going to run 40 miles to earn it,” he says. “The Surrey Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so there’s some stunning scenery and plenty to look at – if I can lift my head up, stop staring at the road in front and wipe the sweat from my eyes!”

David will be running the Great Strides South Ultra-marathon on Saturday 8 June: to add your pledge, please visit his JustGiving page. We’ll let you know how he gets on in a future update. In the meantime, we’d like to wish him – and Beth – the very best of luck.

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I’ve enjoyed using my Epsom Salts in the bath after having the flu they really helped ease my aches & pains. Love the packaging too would definitely buy again & recommend to others.