Paul runs 600km for Alice

Many congratulations to fencing coach Paul Sibert. Paul, who in 2017 ran the Leicester half marathon in full fencing kit (see above), has been running for Alice again...

Paul’s “600 @ 60” challenge

Paul, who coached Alice when she was in the East Midlands Cadet Squad, chose to mark his 60th birthday by setting himself a challenge—to run 600 kilometres, the distance from Leicester to Newcastle and back, at the rate of 5 km a day, on 120 consecutive days. And there was a time target as well: each day’s run had to be completed in under 30 minutes, always striving to beat his personal best time of 25m 30s.

The first run was in St Lucia on March 29 (during an innings break in a Test Match!) in temperatures around 30C, and the last, fittingly, was in similar tempatures in London on June 29, during a one-day heatwave. For the finale Paul was joined by various family members (age 4 upwards) and together they completed the London family marathon.

Throughout his challenge Paul has been collecting donations for the Trust via his MyDonate page. By the end, he had raised over £1000 including gift aid, in other words well over £1.50 per kilometre!

If you would like to add to this total retrospectively, you can still do this (despite MyDonate having shut down) by going to the Trust's Golden Giving page, and marking your donation as relating to Paul.

We hope to include some photos of Paul on his challenge in the coming days, but in the meantime:

Paul finishing the 2017 Leicester half marathon in 2 hr 18 min, despite being in full fencing kit...