Nantwich Man Faces 24 Hour Mega Running Challenge for Cancer Charity

Article: Jonathan White

Paul Dean, aged 41 and a father and teaching assistant from Nantwich, is running non-stop over a 24 hour period for Cancer Research UK, because cancer needs ‘jog on’, with the aim of raising £5,000 for the charity.

Paul Dean with Cancer Research UK logo

Paul is starting at Holyhead, on the island of Anglesey in north Wales, on Friday 17th June 2022 at 6pm and running for a whole day to see how far he can go. His ambitious target is to finish at the Cancer Research shop on High Street in the centre of Nantwich at 6pm on Saturday 18th June. This would be a run of approximately 108 miles, just over 4 marathons!

Potential map of route from Anglesey to Nantwich

In September last year, Paul lost his friend Sheetal to breast cancer. This tragic event proved to be the inspiration he needed to set a date for the challenge and begin training in earnest, in part to raise money to improve treatments and find cures, but also, importantly, as a tribute to Sheetal, her family, and others suffering similar heartache.

Cancer Research UK are the world’s largest charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Their vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Paul has previously raised several thousand pounds for blood cancer charity Bloodwise (now known as Blood Cancer UK) when he ran 10 marathons in 10 days. He ran in memory of his father, David, and two friends Mark and Will, who all succumbed to the illness.

Paul Dean trains for the 24 hour run

Paul Dean said: “I’d been musing on my next challenge for a while. Seeing Sheetal’s journey with cancer and the strength of her family spurred me into focused training and to set a date, the 17th & 18th June 2022. Whilst the aim of the challenge is simply to run as far as possible in 24 hours, I am determined to make it all the way back to Nantwich. I’m quite stubborn so I don’t give up easily. I’ve completed a few endurance challenges, but this is easily the toughest. I keep thinking it must be 10 times harder than 10 marathons in 10 days!

“The training has been quite unpleasant at times, I’ve had lots of early morning starts even during the winter months when temperatures were just above freezing. I don’t have a team physio, doctor, or nutritionist. My support crew will be my wife, my 10-year-old daughter, and a couple of friends who have agreed to run a few sections with me. It will be very difficult, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I will be running with all those touched by cancer in my thoughts, hoping for better treatments, more cures and less heartache.”

To donate to Paul’s fundraising run, please visit his JustGiving page

To keep up to date with Paul’s 24 hour running challenge progress, please visit his social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram