HE DID IT!! Sprinter John has successfully completed his incredible run, covering an impressive distance of 80.21 miles and raising an incredible £800.51 for CanalAbility!!!!!

Photo of CanalAbility volunteer John, who is raising money for the charity by running 50 miles in June
Total runs in June: 19 separate runs
Total running time: 12 hours, 14 minutes and 24 seconds
Total number of blisters: Too many to count
Total raised: £800.51
We applaud his remarkable efforts and are grateful for his unwavering commitment to making boating accessible for all. Well done John and thank you to all of our supporters!

Here’s a little background to his challenge:

This June, our volunteer ‘Skipper Sprinter’ John, set out to a complete a challenging running route. He aimed to cover a total distance of 50 miles, the equivalent of running the entire length of the River Stort (+1 mile of the River Lee) each way. Not only did he achieve his initial goal of 50 miles but has also surpassed it by running a total of 80.21 miles!

As a charity, CanalAbility operates without any financial support from the Government. We are solely dependent on revenues generated through hire fees, donations, sponsorships and fundraising events (such as this one) to sustain and deliver our valuable services.  Thanks to supporters and volunteers like John, CanalAbility can continue to make boating accessible for all.

Although John’s challenge is complete, you can still show your support :

Click the button below to donate online – choose John’s campaign page – or text CANA10 + the amount you wish to donate to: 70070 (eg: CANA10 £25).

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Run updates: RUNNING TOTAL: 80.21 miles

Run 19 –  In the gym. TOTAL:  5.62 miles.

Run 18 –  In the gym. TOTAL:  4.37 miles.

Run 17 –  In the gym. TOTAL:  3.91 miles.

Run 16 –  In the gym. TOTAL:  3.15 miles.

Run 15 –  In the gym. TOTAL:  3.730 miles.

Run 14 –  In the gym. TOTAL: 3.730 miles.

Run 13 –  In the gym. TOTAL: 5.050 miles.

Run 12 –  River Stort. TOTAL: 2.520 miles.

Run 11 –  River Stort -Hunsden and Parndon Mill Locks. TOTAL: 4.25 miles.

Photo of John Thorn outisde with the canal behind him as he runs in the gym for CanalAbility on a50 mile fundraising run for CanalAbility.  

Run 10 –  In the gym. TOTAL: 4.977 miles.

Run 9 –  In the gym. TOTAL: 3.750 miles.

Run 8 –  In the gym. TOTAL: 3.175 miles.

Photo of a gym treadmill display showing how many km John Thorn, CanalAbility volunteer has run as he continues his 50 mile fundraising run.

Run 7 –  Cross country in Ashdon. TOTAL: 4.2 miles.

Run 6 –  In the gym. TOTAL: 6.25 miles.

Photo of John Thorn holding up a bottle of drink as he runs in the gym for CanalAbility on a50 mile fundraising run for CanalAbility.

Run 5 –  In the gym. TOTAL: 5 miles.

John Thorn, CanalAbility volunteers with his thumbs up as he continues his 50 mile fundraising run.

Run 4 –  In the gym. TOTAL: 3.125 miles.

Run 3 – 3am Runway Run 2023 at Stansted Airport. TOTAL: 3.34 miles.
Run 2 – In the Gym. TOTAL: 5 miles.
Run 1 -From CanalAbility mooring, past Latton Lock, Harlow Mill Lock to Feakes Lock. Back again between Harlow Mill Lock and Latton Lock: TOTAL: 5.06 miles.