A Worsley man ran an incredible 72 miles in just 24 hours in memory of his mother who died of bowel cancer.
Jack Prady, 32, completed the extremely daunting feat, which worked out at 3 miles every hour, to raise funds for The Christie charity in memory of his mum, Tracy.
Tracy Prady sadly passed away in April last year, 5 years after being diagnosed with bowel cancer. After being treated by The Christie, Jack decided to raise funds for The Christie charity with an astounding test of stamina.
Jack set off on his quest of endurance, which is almost the equivalent of three marathons in one day, through the streets of Salford and Worsley on what would have been Tracy’s 57th birthday – Friday 12 February.
Jack was spurred on by his dad Phil, 61, who ran much of the distance with him and was supported all the way by his wife Jade and son, Rocco, 4.
Jack, who works as an account manager in facilities management, said:
“The run was a real challenge as I’ve never run anywhere near this far before. I usually only run between 3 and 6 miles a couple of days a week, but I thought it was important to really push myself mentally and physically, just like my mum did throughout the course of her cancer journey.
“Despite her physical state being compromised, my mum’s mentality was always to battle through it, never give up.
“Running was also my go to, in terms of clearing some headspace and re-focus, so it was quite an emotional time out on the run.”
Jack had been in training for a few months for the challenge, clocking up around 50 miles a week. Tracy’s family and friends have already raised more than £11,000 in her memory with Jack hoping to add to that total.
Liz Williams, from The Christie charity, said:
“It was a really touching tribute for Jack to take on such an amazing challenge on Tracy’s birthday. We were all rooting for Jack here at The Christie charity and it cannot be underestimated how much of a tough challenge he has completed. What an amazing achievement.
“It’s been a testing year for our supporters, many of whom have been hit hard by having their events cancelled due to COVID-19 so to see people like Jack going the extra mile for us is incredible. We can’t thank him enough.”
The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust providing enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. This includes money for care and treatment, research, education and extra patient services. Gifts from the public make a huge difference to the care and treatment that The Christie is able to provide to patients and their families.
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust was the first specialist trust to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ twice (in 2016 and 2018) by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It referred to The Christie as ‘a leader in cancer care’ and ‘a pioneer in developing innovative solutions to cancer care.’ The CQC praised the Trust’s staff which it said ‘go the extra mile to meet the needs of patients and their families’ and that they were ‘exceptionally kind and caring.’ In 2017, the CQC rated The Christie as the best specialist trust in the country, and one of the top three trusts overall in England.
Find out how you can take on your own running challenge in support of The Christie charity.