Retford: Ronnie completes coast to coast run for Retford boy

A Retford boy is celebrating after a remarkable feat from fitness trainer Ronnie Staton.

Wednesday, 31st July 2013, 11:40 am
Ronnie Staton in Robin Hood's Bay after completing his 200 mile run.

Ronnie, who works for OutKlass Fitness in East Drayton, successfully completed a gruelling 200 mile run from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay, running coast to coast without stopping.

Setting off at 7am on Thursday, he completed the Wainwright Path on Saturday morning, having gone 55 hours without sleep.

The run, which took almost a year of training and preparation, was twice as far as ultra-runner Ronnie had ever attempted.

His efforts were all to raise money for Retford boy William Stones, 4.

William suffered a cardiac arrest aged 14 months, and after spending six months unable to do anything except lie in his hospital bed, is now able to walk short distances with the aid of a special frame.

All money raised will go towards helping William to walk unaided.

Ronnie drank around 25 litres of water and burned 30,000 calories on the run.

He also had to battle with hallucinations and the difficulties of navigating in pitch black.

Other runners joined Ronnie for sections of the run, including William’s father Dave at the start and end of the run.

Ronnie said: “When you finish something like this you don’t get an instant rush of emotion, it’s much deeper than that.”

“I’m really pleased with the way my body coped, I managed to avoid injuries except blisters, and even they’re healing now.”

“it was great to see the other runners pushing themselves too - it’s been a great shared experience.”

Dave added: “We are delighted and very proud of this achievement, and have managed to raise lots of funds for William’s therapy.”

For more information, visit www.williamstonestrustfund.com or contact Dave Stones on 07921517852.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/williamstonestrustfund.