Autism Together’s chief executive, Robin Bush, is taking on the Lakeland 50 – an ultra 50-mile race across the Lake District, to raise money for the charity’s Future 50 Appeal.
One of the greatest ultra-running challenges in Europe, the Lakeland 50 takes on tough terrain across the Lake District with approximately 3100m of ascent. The route passes through many picturesque sights in the peninsula, including Kentmere, Ambleside and Coniston Lake.
Robin is hoping to raise a minimum of £500 from the challenge, all of which will go towards the charity’s Future 50 Appeal which seeks to change the way that care and support is provided to autistic people, by using world-leading biometric technology.
Training seven days a week, he is currently preparing by incorporating long training runs and working on leg strength for the tough climbs.
“Having completed the Everest Base Camp Trek in 2017, I was looking for a new challenge to help raise funds for the Future 50 appeal. I had always toyed with idea of ultra-running and seeing how far I could actually run in one go. I thought, seeing as Autism Together is now 50 years old, 50 miles would work.
“I’ve completed a 10-mile training race which went to plan and have half marathon, marathon and 30-mile training races also scheduled across various mountains. The main event is the last weekend in July and I’m hopeful I’ll get to the finish, if I can stay injury free.
“I am so proud of the amazing work that everyone at Autism Together does on a daily basis and I just wanted to do my bit to show my support and raise some much-needed funds.”
The ultra-run is one of many 50-themed ideas which staff have taken up to celebrate Autism Together’s 50th birthday and to fundraise for the Future 50 Appeal. Other staff are cycling 50 miles along King’s Parade to Marine Point in New Brighton, and running 5 10kilometre races across the year.
Autism Together’s pioneering new centre will use high-tech biometric technology to map the anxiety of patients with severe autism who are not able to speak or indicate how they are feeling. The data will be collected on lightweight bracelets worn by patients, which look like Fitbits.
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Find out more about the Lakeland 50 here.