Chris lives in Bilston and he is the PA to two Heads of Children’s Services in Wolverhampton. He planned to be his mother’s carer when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2011. However, he suffered a bad accident and severely damaged his foot, losing two toes and breaking bones, meaning his mother ended up caring for him! He was told he would probably find running too difficult, especially long distance running which he enjoyed, but he is proving the experts wrong. Before his accident, Chris had completed three half marathons, two in Bristol and one in Birmingham, and he is determined to complete he first full marathon in November:
“It was my dream to compete in the New York Marathon long before my accident, but I thought that any notion of that dream becoming a reality had gone. However, the idea of taking part had still been nagging away at me over the years, and the idea that I could do it as a thank you for Macmillan Cancer Support was the driving force for making it a reality. I decided to put my foot to the test, and here I am, 3 races and countless training miles later, preparing for two 10k races in 8 days at the end of March! As soon as I had completed the Great Edinburgh Run in January, I knew that the marathon would be achievable.” Chris Liston
Macmillan supported Chris’s mother and the family through her treatment. Chris decided he needed to lose the weight that he had put on whilst incapacitated so he took up running again on a treadmill leading to a desire to run to support Macmillan. He is being supported in his series of challenges by Greenhous and is looking for people to give generously to the charitable cause he is supporting.
“I never thought Chris would be able to run further than the bus stop, but he is a stubborn old boy! Chris’s idea to raise money to thank Macmillan Cancer Support is something that I am very grateful for. They have been there for me for the past 5 years, and continue to be there whenever I need them.” Christine Liston (Chris’s mom)
Chris has so far completed the Sandwell Valley 2k in West Bromwich, the Great Edinburgh Run (5km), and the Xtreme Challenge in Burton – a 10km obstacle course which included freezing cold rivers, a balance beam, cargo nets, and even an electric fence! His next run will be the Shrewsbury 10k and his schedule also includes races in Dublin, Liverpool, and Newcastle, returns to Bristol and Birmingham for the half marathons, and a 10k race that ends inside the Olympic Stadium in London. He is working up the distances from now until the marathon in November.
He has raised over £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support so far through all sorts of fund raising activities and donations. Chris is very grateful to Greenhous for its support with his challenge. Greenhous are supporting Chris with his entry fees and travel expenses.
On behalf of Greenhous DAF, John Turley, Operations Manager explains the reasons for supporting Chris: “From our first meeting I could see that Chris was so enthusiastic and driven to start this year-long series of events to raise money for Macmillan. At Greenhous we pride ourselves in having strong ties to the local communities where we do business, and we’re always looking for ways to give something back to that community. Chris and his chosen charity Macmillan are a perfect match for us, and we were only too pleased to lend our support. You only have to meet Chris to know that he will be very successful with his fundraising for this great cause, and I’m convinced he will achieve his target for the charity”.
A group of Greenhous staff are planning to run a course designed to take in all of the Greenhous dealerships in Shrewsbury. Starting at Greenhous DAF, then taking in VW Commercials, Volvo, Nissan and Renault on Featherbed Lane and completing the event at Vauxhall on Old Potts Way in the town. This would be about 6 miles. Participants will raise their own donations for Macmillan direct or add to Chris’s total via his Just Giving page.
Chris will be very pleased to receive support via his Just Giving page from anyone who wishes to donate: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mybigapplechallenge2017