Running Rob taking on Virtual Kilomathon in aid of Myeloma UK26 year old Rob Grisenthwaite will be lacing up his trainers on the 11th of April as he gears up to take on the Virtual Kilomathon 13.1K from Oban.
Rob, a 2019 Kilomathon runner, will be hitting the streets in April for a very special cause. Rob explained his motivation to take on this challenge to us;
“I am taking part in the Virtual Kilomathon to raise money for Myeloma UK. Myeloma is a form of terminal blood cancer, with 15 people diagnosed every day in the UK. My Grandad Bill was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2018.”
Bill, who led a charitable life of his own, is acknowledged by Rob as an important figure in his own life.
“My Grandad has been an incredible influence on my life. He has always sought to do what he can for other people. For 30 plus years he ran a small animal rescue and rehoming charity. We are very lucky to have him with us.”
Bill has fortunately responded well to treatment so far, but like so many of us has found the pandemic difficult, and has found himself having to shield for the majority of the last 12 months.
Myeloma UK is the only organisation in the UK that deals exclusively with myeloma, ensuring that myeloma patients have access to the right treatment at the right time. Rob was inspired to fundraise for them from his own experience with the disease and his desire to help them with their ultimate goal of finding a cure.
“Myeloma UK are solely funded through voluntary donations and fundraising activities. They seek to provide support services to patients and families to help deal with issues myeloma brings. I am supporting this charity so they can get closer to their goals and continue the support they supply to patients and families across the UK.”
This won’t be Rob’s first running event, having turned into somewhat of a veteran of the scene since moving to Edinburgh in 2018.
“Since 2018 I have slowly braved greater distances, starting with a 10K here and there. In 2018, I took on the Edinburgh Half Marathon and loved it. I ran Kilomathon in 2019 and thought it was great, a perfect distance to gain confidence in running long distances! I have been eyeing up a Marathon for 3 years now and the Virtual Kilomathon is going to be a big step towards that goal.”
Training for his Virtual Kilomathon challenge in April has so far been relatively smooth sailing.
“Training’s going well. I am now based in Oban, and I’m doing my best to find new routes and fit training around my studies. I am mixing it up between long and short distances, whilst trying to eat well and listening to any aches and pains.”
Rob contends that running the Kilomathon 13.1K from Oban won’t be exactly the same as his previous experience of the event, but is looking forward to being a part of something bigger than himself on the 11th April.
“To know that I am part of something so many are doing for the betterment of others. We have struggled everyday in some sense or another. Now the gravitas of achievement can hardly mean more.”
He is wary, however, of battling the elements.
“There is always the incoming weather to contend with. Too often I have gone against the wind at the start to come back and it somehow is still blowing against me!”
We’d like to say a huge good luck to Rob, and will have our fingers crossed for him that he crosses the virtual finish line with the time he’s hoping for. We know you can do it Rob!
If you’d like to donate to Rob’s cause, you can do so via the link below.Rob’s JustGiving Page