Marathon runner takes on next challenge for Reuben’s Retreat

CHAMPION charity fundraiser Steve Bullows has embarked on another marathon running challenge.

This time the teaching assistant from St Paul’s Primary, Stalybridge, is raising funds for Reubens Retreat.

 

Steve Bullows and his running buddy Sandie Rowland

By January 2019, Steve aims to have completed 23 marathons, 23 half marathons, 23 10k runs and 23 5ks.

Steve said: “The significance of 23 is that Reuben (Michael Graham) died aged 23 months.

“Continuing on that theme, I am hoping to raise £2,323.23 for the charity.”

Reubens Retreat is in Glossop and somewhere that relieves the distress of families and their close friends who have suffered a bereavement of a child or have a child suffering from a life-limiting or life-threatening illness.

It offers bereavement support, help for children and parents, counselling, wellbeing programmes, a bereavement book service, family activity days, parent support groups, breaks and day trips.

In his last challenge, Millbrook-based Steve completed a 100-race challenge over three years for Mummy’s Star, another local charity but the only one in the UK dedicated to women affected by cancer during their pregnancies. He has raised around £10,000.

Steve has already completed 23 runs since January for Reubens Retreat, including five marathons, in what he describes as an “extraordinary challenge”.

He said: “You tend to get lots of people doing runs for charity.

“The only way to stand out and capture the imagination is to do something different.

“If you do something extraordinary like this, it tends to encourage people to donate which is what has happened to me.

“I don’t know anybody else who has undertaken such a challenge involving running marathons, half marathons, 10k and 5k races.”

Steve, who had run 13 marathons before his latest challenge began, has also pledged £23 for each subsequent marathon until he reaches 23 – a total of £230.

He has already booked many of his runs including 10 half marathons over a 10-day period in August.

To complete his latest challenge will entail Steve running 1,117 miles, excluding any training runs.

Steve became involved with Mummy’s Star when Marie Garrigan, a colleague at St Paul’s mentioned it as she was aware of his fundraising for other charities.

It was in 2012 that Steve did his first charity run for Macmillan Cancer after his sister-in-law Louise Bullows died of cancer.

Steve says he has also achieved a number of personal landmarks, 12 marathons in one year and 12 half marathons in the same period.

For more details about the latest worthy cause Steve is running for, go to: www.reubensretreat.org and to sponsor him go to: www.justgiving.com/steve-bullows23

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