Two brothers will line up at the inaugural Oswestry Half Marathon on Sunday (30 April) as part of an an attempt to run 17 half marathons (or just over 442 miles) in 2017. Darren and Phil Gibbons are taking on the 2017 Runathon to fundraise for Cancer Research UK.
They're aiming to raise as much money as possible to fund important research into cancer, which has affected several family members and friends of theirs.
The pair started their Runathon in February at the ASICS Oulton Park Half Marathon, and Oswestry will mark their seventh half marathon. They have raised £1,800 so far, smashing their £1,500 target and hope to increase this over the course of the year.
The brothers treat every race as an individual experience and are looking forward to the first ever Oswestry Half Marathon with its unique gorilla medal. The bespoke medal is based on Uri Geller’s famous Spoon Gorilla at the British Ironworks Sculpture Park, home to various life-sized animal figures which runners pass near the start of the race. The Spoon Gorilla has influenced the prizes with the first, second and third man and woman and age group winners receiving a limited edition medal on a gold chain.
The event is organised by UKRunChat, who also host the popular Shrewsbury Half Marathon on 18 June. Director Joe Williams extended a warm welcome to the brothers, saying: “It will be a special day for all involved. For them it is their seventh race in a series of 17 half marathons, which we wish them the very best with.”