Chris raises more than £1,800 after marathon lumberjack run

1st May 2023

Chris Garratt on the London Marathon course dressed as a lumberjack

A staff member from the University of Worcester has raised more than £1,800 for our food bank after completing the London Marathon dressed as a lumberjack.

Chris Garratt, Deputy Chief Information Officer at the university, completed the gruelling 26-mile run around the capital clutching a fake axe and dressed in full lumberjack gear, including heavy boots.

Chris had set his sights on breaking the previous race record for someone dressed as a lumberjack – but his hopes were dashed when his boots became weighed down with rainwater.

Chris said:

“I was going great at first, getting to the half marathon stage in 1 hour 43 minutes but after that it all went downhill. My boots soaked up all the rainwater in London and it turns out they were not waterproof either – after that it was like running with concrete blocks on my feet and my legs just gave up!”

“I even stopped at a St John’s Ambulance aid station along the way – they said ‘What’s wrong?’ I said – nothing I just want to sit down for a minute and contemplate my life choices!”

Chris may have missed out on the record but we’re delighted he raised such a huge amount of money to support our efforts tackling hunger in Worcester.

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