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Gym owner Tom to brave 100km ultra-marathon in aid of cancer support charity




Tom Bobbins, owner of Heywood Health and Fitness in Diss, is running 126 miles from Diss to Amsterdam and back, to raise money for the Matt Palmer Trust. (2174229)
Tom Bobbins, owner of Heywood Health and Fitness in Diss, is running 126 miles from Diss to Amsterdam and back, to raise money for the Matt Palmer Trust. (2174229)

A gym owner from Roydon is "eternally grateful" after his fundraising for a cancer charity surpassed £4,000.

Tom Bobbins, owner of Heywood Gym and Fitness, said he was spurred on to tackle the London2Brighton 100km ultra-marathon after friend Donna Edwards was diagnosed with inoperable and terminal metastatic cancer.

Mr Bobbins, 37, said: "I've been friends with Donna since I was 16 and it was a shock when she was diagnosed.

"There's nothing you can do in a situation like this, but I know supporting a charity will help others."

The money raised will go towards Shine Cancer Support, a charity working to create a community of young adults with cancer.

"It's important to support charities like this. Many of us aren't aware of problems until it affects us in a way like this," added Mr Bobbins.

Mr Bobbins has a history of taking on extreme challenges to raise money since taking ownership of the fitness centre.

In 2016, he ran 126 miles from Diss to the Netherlands and back in just three days.

"I need to do something more extreme each time I'm raising money," he said.

The marathon will start in Richmond, London on May 26, and end at Brighton Racecourse.

"I'm anxious for the ultra-marathon, as I have to plan for all kinds of weather, travelling in the dark and keeping hydrated.

"I'm so grateful for all the support I've received so far."

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