Brothers Tom and Richard Copping lost their father Brian to mesothelioma in 2012. They decided to raise money for research into the disease that took their father by taking on the U.T.L.D Lakeland 50, a gruelling ultra marathon in the Lake District on July 25th this year.
Finishing the race in 292nd position out of 610, and after 14 tough hours they raised £2,620, well over their target. Fund chair Kimberley Stubbs said, “This was a wonderful achievement and a big thank you from us to Tom and Richard and to everyone who helped and contributed.”
Tom said, “Dad enjoyed walking in the hills, especially the Lake District, Peak District and Yorkshire Moors, and was planning to complete the 40 mile Lyke Wake Walk across the North Yorkshire Moors from Osmotherley to Ravenscar. We wanted to complete something gruelling and challenging in his name – it doesn’t get much tougher than a 50 mile mountain ultra marathon on rough terrain with an approximate 3100m ascent.”
The final climb and descent was to the finish at Coniston. The brothers described it as ‘a truly amazing route.’