Ivan Hollingsworth will start the greatest physical challenge of his life
By Kate Slater | 28 March 2012

Tyneside dad and athlete, Ivan Hollingsworth will start the greatest physical challenge of his life at 11 am on Good Friday 6th April 2012. He will be running 100 miles in 24 hours ? from Eyemouth in the Scottish Borders to Tynemouth ? and hopes to reach his destination by 10.30 am the next day, Easter Saturday.

Just like comedian John Bishop who recently completed the Sports Relief Triatholon with the help of Kinesio Taping, Ivan will also be wearing Kinesio Taping to help support his muscles and joints during the ordeal.

Tyneside based Kinesio Taping UK is supplying Ivan with all the tape he needs for training beforehand and during the marathon.

Ivan is taking on this challenge in aid of the Children?s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle (CHUF). Supporters are encouraged to cheer him along the way, night or day, and can also donate to Ivan?s Just Giving Page at www.Justgiving.com/seb4chuf or text ?CHUF99? & £5 or £10 to 70070.

The Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle is one of only two specialist heart units in the UK that perform heart transplants on children but whose future is at threat due to the ongoing Safe & Sustainable Review of Children?s Heart Surgery services.

Ivan?s and wife Nadine's baby son, Seb was born in January 2009 with a congenital heart defect. Without the pioneering surgery he received at the Freeman Hospital four months later, he would not have survived. CHUF literally saved this child?s life and if the unit was forced to close, then many babies and children with similar health problems may not survive.

Since 2009, Ivan and his wife Nadine, with the help of many others, have raised more than £175,000 for CHUF. They have achieved this through a variety of different means: charity balls, fundraising stunts and endurance challenges. But this next fund raiser is the certainly the daddy of them all!

Kevin Anderson, Managing Director of Kinesio Taping UK says: "Kinesio UK is delighted to be supporting such a worthy local cause and also to be supporting Ivan?s muscles and joints too during the run! We wish Ivan Hollingsworth all the very best and hope the 24 hour run raises lots of funds for the Children?s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital"?

Ivan says: "I understand that the 100 mile Easter run represents not only the hardest physical challenge I have ever taken on, but also the most demanding psychologically and emotionally. However let me assure you of one thing; I will finish it! The reason I will finish it is because of Seb and all the other heart children. The pain I will endure during the training and the run itself are insignificant when compared to what Seb suffered after his surgery. So when things get tough and I feel like I can?t go on; I will remember the long hours when Seb lay in Intensive Care, with more tubes and wires than seem possible for one so small. I will remember the six hours when Nadine and I had to distract ourselves whilst he was on the operating table, and I will remember the day that we thought we might lose him. Then I will put my head down, wipe away the tears and carry on; because it is all I can do." - I wouldn?t even get to Eyemouth without the support of so many people so I wish to thank:

  • Kinesio UK - Amazingly effective therapeutic taping for all ages. Kinesio Taping has unique properties that help prevent injuries during training and most importantly provide muscle and joint support during the run itself
  • My physio Damon Voss (@MySportsClinic) - does an amazing job to keep my body together and develop a strength programme to correctly prepare me.
  • 2XU Compression Clothing (@2XU_UK) - provide me with the best compression clothing on the market. This kit assists recovery and improves blood circulation throughout the body and muscles.
  • Richard Hardie Motors (@richardhardie) - provide support vehicles for the run
  • Alan Noble (@AlanNoble91) ? will be filming the run so we can maximise publicity afterwards.
  • My Support Crew ? I have a team of drivers and runners who will help me through the dark periods, ensure I have a mug of soup and energy bar and ensure I am safe throughout my run.?

The Easter route is as follows and Ivan would be delighted if anyone wanted to come out and cheer him along his way:

11am Leave Eyemouth 1.30am Warkworth
1pm Berwick 4am Creswell
4pm Fenwick6am Newbiggin
5pm Belford9am Blyth
8pm Seahouses10.30am Tynemouth Long Sands Beach
10.15pm Craster

Let?s hope little Seb gives an extra large Easter egg to his Daddy after that ordeal!

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