Sports lecturer’s ultramarathon for special unit

Dr Martyn Morris from Buckingham is doing an alpine charity run.'130813M-A782
Dr Martyn Morris from Buckingham is doing an alpine charity run.'130813M-A782

A Buckingham man is tackling a gruelling Alpine ultramarathon to raise money for an exercise rehabilitation unit.

Martyn Morris, aged 35, will be undertaking the endurance test on Friday, August 30, by attempting to complete a 58-mile run from Courmayeur in Italy to Chamonix in France, via Champex in Switzerland.

Former Buckingham School pupil Dr Morris, who is a senior lecturer in sport, coaching and PE at Oxford Brookes University, has walked the route before over four days. But this time he has a limit of 26 hours.

Starting at 9am, the course involves 6,000m of uphill climb, not to mention the downhills. Dr Morris, who will be carrying all his own food, fluid and equipment, aims to complete it in 16 to 18 hours.

Dr Morris is aiming to raise £1,500 to buy adapted bikes for the CLEAR Unit at Oxford Brookes, where he researches in working with children with movement difficulties.

He said: “It’s a cause close to my heart as I have seen how effective the unit has been in improving the lives of people with a range of neurological conditions including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, MS, stroke and cerebral palsy.

“It also puts on regular sessions for children with movement disorders to help them to be physically active.”

He said: “The challenge is going to be a struggle for me, but nothing compared to what some of the people using the CLEAR Unit have to face every day.” See www.justgiving.com/Martyn-Morris1701