Ashley’s six marathons in six days for two charities

Ashley Varley
Ashley Varley

A runner is currently undertaking six marathons in six days in aid of charity.

Ashley Varley, 41, who lives in Westfield, set off on Monday (September 1) to raise money for the Lewis Moody Foundation and The Brain Tumour Charity.

He is heading to Twickenham stadium to watch the rugby double header tomorrow (Saturday) and stopping off at the homes of several rugby clubs along the way, covering a distance of 175 miles in total.

Ashley said: “I have a real passion for rugby, for running and for helping those less fortunate than me and so I decided to combine all three.

“I was at the Aviva Premiership rugby final in late May and I came across the story of a young man called Joss Rowley Stack. Joss who lived in Rotherham and played for Sheffield RUFC was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2012. He died in 2013 at the age of 16.

“England rugby legend Lewis Moody met Joss during his battle and was astonished by his courage and determination even when he was in terrible pain and undergoing gruelling treatment. Lewis was so inspired by young Joss and after meeting him he decided to set up the Lewis Moody Foundation, which will help families affected by serious illness, offering days out and one-off experiences for children and their families as well as funding scientific research, aimed at saving young lives. The new Premiership rugby season kicks off on September 6 with a double header at Twickenham stadium and it involves all four London teams. I am stopping off en route at the homes of Wasps RFC, London Irish RFC, Saracens RFC and Harlequins RFC. Pretty much six marathons in six days.”

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Ashley-Varley1.