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Father and son duo take on gruelling mountain run for Rosemere Cancer Foundation

Posted on - 21st July, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fulwood, Preston News, Proud Preston
Mike and Dean prepare to start the 2022 Al Andalusia for Rosemere Cancer Foundation

A father and son travelled to Spain and ran 145 miles over five days in Andalusia to raise money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Mike and Dean Thompson travelled to Andalusia, which has been hit by the heatwave and raised over £500 for the charity by running across its mountains.

The pair from Clayton-le-Woods recently returned home after completing the Al Andalusia Ultimate Trail, which saw 37-year-old Dean finish in tenth place with a time of 32 hours, 35 minutes and 33 seconds.

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Dean improved both his time and position from when he and Mike first tackled the event back in 2017.

Retired retail assistant Mike, now 70, who used to work at Clayton Green’s Asda supermarket, wasn’t awarded an official finishing time although he ran the equivalent of just under two marathons in blistering 40 degree plus heat.

Mike said: “To complete the trail, you have to average approximately 29 miles a day.

“There are checkpoints around every 10km or so and you have to reach them in a certain time. If you don’t, you’re out and unfortunately, about half of the entrants, myself included, didn’t get to a checkpoint on time.”

Mike, who was diagnosed with an arthritic hip shortly before the event, said: “The start had moved from the 2017 start. It meant you set off crossing a road and then you were straight into a 3,000ft climb – a mountain the equivalent size of Mount Snowdon.

“It didn’t give me the chance to get into my running and with absolutely no shade anywhere, I was a bit slower than I needed to be.”

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But Mike, who is married to Lyn and also dad to Michael, Darren and Donna, and a grandad of five, is undeterred. He and Dean are already entered into a six day African 155 mile trail event next year, which they will again run for Rosemere Cancer Foundation and which will take them back to Tanzania and the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Climbing the mountain was the pair’s first Rosemere fundraiser 11 years ago. Since then, they have run the 127-mile length of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, trekked the Gobi and Atacama Deserts and climbed Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua.

Mike said: “We believe in giving something back and know however tough our challenges are, they are never as tough as going through cancer and its treatment.

“We would like to thank everyone who supported our Andalusia trail, including members of Lyn’s church, Leyland Pentecostal Church, for their sponsorship.”

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