Forrest Gump runner completes John O’Groats to Land’s End challenge

Image: Running for Thomas Laurie John O'Groats to Lands End 2015 Facebook page

Runner Ewan Gordon has completed a 1050-mile route from John O’ Groats to Land’s End dressed as Forrest Gump. 43-year-old Gordon, who first began running in 2011, ran an average of 26 miles per day for six weeks to complete the course.

Gordon undertook the challenge in memory of 9-year-old family friend Thomas Laurie, who passed away from the rare genetic disorder Cockayne Syndrome in February 2014. The disorder, which causes premature ageing and stunted growth amongst other symptoms, currently affects around 300 children in the UK. 

After settling on the idea, a colleague suggested that if Gordon was running that far, he "may as well do it dressed as Forrest Gump." With that in mind, he grew a hefty beard and flowing locks throughout the challenge, raising over £9,000 for children's charities throughout the process. The funds will be split between the charities which supported Thomas (Helen & Douglas House, Amy and Friends – Cockayne Syndrome Support and ROSY), along with Lifelites, who provide technology to children's hospices.

To tackle the enormous route, Gordon took advice from 'MarathonmanUK' Rob Young, who suggested he ran hard through the first half of each stretch and treat the second half as a recovery run. Young also assured him that his blisters would ease off after two weeks of running, and Gordon found himself blister-free after just ten days. His only injury came at Fort Augustus, where he twisted his knee and ankle. After self-treating with ice packs, Gordon went on to run 37 miles the following day.

Gordon remains committed to raising awareness for Cockayne Syndrome, telling Runner's World UK "I need to run for a reason. It's not about me, it's about the condition."

To read more about Cockayne Syndrome, click here.

You can donate to the charities using the following links:

Helen & Douglas House

Amy and Friends - Cockayne Syndrome Support

ROSY

Lifelites