College trio to tackle ultra-marathon for St John’s

Mick Rae, Jamie Deboick and James Allen
Mick Rae, Jamie Deboick and James Allen

Three men who work at Shuttleworth are to tackle a 100k run which could take them 20 hours to complete.

The trio all work for Bedford College at the site near Old Warden and will be running the London 2 Brighton ultra marathon on May 28 and 29 in aid of Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice at Moggerhanger.

James Allen, 33, a member of the estate’s safety team, Mick Rae, 48, a personal tutor and Jamie deboick, 23, a member of student services, have been busy with a gruelling training routine in preparation.

James said: “We are doing this because Mick had a close friend spend their last days there and the care they received was outstanding and the staff were brilliant with her and her family. They are a local provider and I’m sure most people around know someone who has spent their last moments there.”

The ultra-marathon is 100k (62 miles) the trio hope to reach Brighton around the 20 hour mark.

James added: “Training is hard going as a normal training run can be anything from 20 to 40 miles on the Greensands Ridge or 2-3 hours in the gym.”

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St John’s Hospice opened its doors in 1980 and this year needs to raise £2.8 million to run the hospice which equates to £7,500 per day.