EVEN the year’s worst storm could not stop Chester RUFC assistant coach Guy Ford running from the city’s club to the tip of the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales to raise £16,000 for charity.

Supported by family and friends, Guy ran more than 114 gruelling miles – more than four complete marathons – in 32.5 hours, from the city’s rugby club in Littleton, along the north Wales coast as far as Abersoch, despite Storm Babet’s best efforts to thwart him.

Guy was running to raise money for The Christie Charity’s cancer support and My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, set up by the late Scotland international Doddie Weir to help people affected by motor neurone disease.


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He has smashed his initial £5,000 target, with £13,000 already raised through his online JustGiving page, and more to come in via generous donations along his route.

Guy’s fundraising is still open at this Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/team/guy-ford-1690400463398.

At one stage, Guy was forced to detour 10 miles to avoid floods near Colwyn Bay.

Thankfully, he had plenty of support along the way, with friends and supporters taking turns to run with him and encourage him on.

He said: “It was tough. We hit floods between Rhyl and Colwyn Bay and had to detour through holiday parks so we could keep going.

“Yet even in the middle of the night, we were running through Bangor when some guy leaned out of his window to cheer us on.

“I couldn’t have done it without the support of family, friends and the public.”

Guy left the rugby club at 10am on Friday and made it to Abersoch at 7pm the following day, a few hours later than he had hoped. He suffered blisters but “felt fine from the shins up” afterwards.