We love bringing you stories of inspirational runners at Run247. There are so many runners out there who deserve recognition for everything they do for the running community. One such runner is Chris Brown, 73, who not only has 200 parkruns under his belt, but he’s about to return to run the Original Everest Marathon, thirty years after first tackling it for charity.
Chris, who is a farmer at Baldersby near Thirsk, has notched up a lifetime of adventure to raise funds for a good cause, including scaling Everest itself. Now he wants to go back as a tribute to the people of Nepal, and the fundraising efforts of leading mountaineer and good friend Doug Scott.
Chris, who was awarded the MBE for his charity work, is aiming to finish the world’s toughest and highest marathon in around nine hours. Last time it took him six hours 20 minutes “but I was a three-hour road marathoner back then” says the member of Ripon Runners. He’s also a stalwart at Fountains Abbey parkrun, completing the weekly event more than 200 times.
Chris first took to climbing on his 40th birthday when he scaled the Matterhorn and realised he could turn a leisure pursuit into a means of raising money to establish a charity to help sufferers of schizophrenia, the devastating mental illness of which his brother-in-law is a victim.
He has since raised tens of thousands of pounds for Claro Enterprise Workshops in Harrogate, which employs men and women for whom employment is a crucial means of coping with their condition.
His efforts have included climbing all Seven Summits, a major challenge involving summitting the highest peaks on all seven continents, and completing the desert-challenge Marathon des Sables. All have been aimed at promoting greater awareness about schizophrenia on behalf of Claro, and SANE, a national charity which supports similar projects. He also earns sponsorship money for Farm Africa, providing cattle for farmers there.
The Original Everest Marathon follows a route down from the original Everest base camp to the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar. Starting at 5200m above sea level and descending 2759m with just 987 of climbing, runners will cross glacial moraine, scree and narrow tracks , and wire suspension bridges, through rhododendron forest and trails high above the river.
The new race director is 60 year old fellrunner Ali Bramall from Sedbergh who is operating the event for Community Action Nepal, mountaineer Doug Scott’s charity.
Chris Brown says:
“I have so much respect for the work that Doug Scott has done for the people of Nepal. There’s a marvellous community over there, and going back to do the race is my way of giving something back. If my example can persuade others to have a go, then we will be able to help the Nepali people all the more.”
Ali Bramall said: “Chris is truly inspirational and so enthusiastic in his approach to challenges. We are thrilled that he’s coming back to do the race again.”
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