Carl’s run for Oli in Tenterden

On June 11th, Carl Fraser will be running Race To The King, a non-stop, gruelling 100km (62-mile) ultra-marathon in the South Downs, which includes over 4,000ft of elevation.

 

We caught up with Carl to find out a little bit more about his motivation for taking part in such a demanding event.

 

“I’m doing this to help raise funds for Oli who is a pupil at Norton Knatchbull School, the same school that my son attends,” explains Carl. “I’ve never attempted anything like this distance before and am feeling really daunted by the prospect.

“In July 2021, Oli was suddenly rushed to hospital with bad headaches and vision problems. A tumour was detected that was found out to be aggressive, high grade, and incurable. 10-hours of surgery managed to remove 75% of the tumour, but the remainder was too dangerous to remove,” tells Carl.

 

Although there have been recent advances in immunotherapy treatment in countries such as Germany, it’s not readily available on the NHS or within the UK. The treatment is very costly and needs to be funded privately, and this is the reason Carl is trying to raise as much money as possible to support the campaign.

 

“In training for this event, I’ve been building up the distances and the amount of miles I run each week. I recently completed the Brighton Marathon, which I enjoyed, but running over double this distance in one go is a scary prospect!

“Living in Tenterden is perfect – it’s almost impossible to run anywhere here without encountering hills, which are great for my training! I’ve discovered so many lovely routes through woodlands and fields, and feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world. We’re also close to the North Downs Way, so I’ve recently run a couple of marathon distances here.

“Obviously, nutrition plays a major part in a run of this distance, and this is something I’ve had to look at carefully. I went vegan nearly five years ago and found my running improved considerably. I’ve been trialling many different plant-based options to provide ‘fuel’ for the ultramarathon, including marzipan and gingernut biscuits! I’m a member of Vegan Runners which is a national running club, and their support and encouragement has been invaluable.

“A huge thanks to everyone who has supported me so far. It really is very much appreciated.”

 

Donations, large or small, can make a huge difference to Oli, so if you are able to contribute or would like to read more make your way over to Carl Fraser’s GoFundMe.

by Callum Knowles

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