WRAS's Trevor Weeks MBE has been challenged to run the Eastbourne Half Marathon on 5th March.
2017 is Trevor's 32nd year undertaking Wildlife Rescue & Conservation work. He founded East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) in 1996 and it has become a huge part of his life and part of my family.
Trevor said "My health has not been brilliant over the past 10 years, I'm now 45 years old, gaining weight, high blood pressure as well as stress and illness. Several times I have been warned about my health by my doctor.
In 2015 I hit 110kg (just over 17 stone). Since March 2016 I have been actively trying to improve my health. So I started jogging. The first time I went out for a run it took me over 16 minutes to run and walk just 1 mile. Over the past year I have been building up my fitness and reducing my weight. I am now 89kg (14 stone). On 30th January I ran (with a short amount of walking) 10 miles for the first time since the 1980s."
Trevor's colleague and best friend Chris Riddington has paid for him to enter and challenged him to complete the Eastbourne Half Marathon with him on 5th March almost exactly 1 year since he started running.
“He's worked incredibly hard, not just physically but mentally. It takes a lot to put a pair of trainers on and start running. It's even harder when you have the rescue phone, meetings, talks and a hospital to run especially during a the busy season” said Chris, “Even after damaging his hip last year in an accident out on a rescue and spending time on crutches he got back into it, probably earlier than he should, but he's stubborn like that. He has had some incredible support from his partner Kathy, who has kitted him out in all the gear he needs and kept him motivated.”
"If I don't get fit, I can't be there to help WRAS and the thousands of wild animals and birds which WRAS helps. I need your support to encourage me on and get me to the finishing line.
So please sponsor me and help both me and my fitness as well as the animals of Sussex.