From Ceabhar, and last years mohican barman ultrarunner juggling music maestro – “This year I am again attempting to complete the Tiree 35m Ultra Marathon on the 6th September, however I wanted to make it a bit more challenging this time. As I will be 58 In Oct, I plan to run the the Tiree Ultra Marathon (35m) on the Sunday 6th September, and an extra 23 miles on Sat 5th over the Tiree 3 Peaks (23m) – a combined total of 58 miles.
Last year we lost a close friend and fellow juggler/performer Mr ‘G’ (George Nichol) after his long fight with prostrate cancer. As I intended to run the Tiree 35m Ultramarathon 2014 anyway, I thought it would be a great opportunity to see if I could raise some funds for Prostrate Cancer UK. The sponsorship gave me an additional incentive to complete the run and I amazed myself by managing to finish in 7hrs and 23 minutes and raised £1,010 for Prostrate Cancer UK. I was so amazed by the generosity of friends and customers. It was also a very humbling experience to realise that people care so much.
This year we lost another friend and brilliant juggler Mike Bridge. Mike and his wife Sharon were such a big part of our social juggling life and loving community in Durham. Durham City Jugglers was actually where I met Polly and we found a new life away from the normal world. Mike and Sharon were special and talented couple that were an integral part of our lives. We felt awkward about asking to do this, but Sharon has suggested Macmillan Cancer Support as the recipients of any funds raised by this challenge. Mike had a Macmillan nurse for the last few months of his life and her support was invaluable to both Mike and Sharon. We live far away and weren’t able to see Mike before he died, but we would like to give a respectful token of thanks to those who looked after him.
My target this time is £1,500. If you would like to donate, you can do this by using my Just Giving page, Thank You!” – Duncan Castling