Thames Trot 50 Ultra Marathon – February 2013

On Saturday 2nd February 2013, Michael Gabriel, who cycled the 40tude curing colon cancer London to Paris and Provence challenges, ran the Thames Trot 50 ultra marathon with his brothers, Julian and Simon, in support of 40tude curing colon cancer. The race commenced at Iffley in Oxford and was meant to be a picturesque, off-road, 50-mile, fairly flat run along the tow path to Henley. Unfortunately, owing to large parts of the route being under water, rather than cancelling the event the organisers changed the route at the last minute to one which ended up mainly on hilly A and B roads (40+ miles of road with the remainder being fairly impassable off-road tracks), which sadly wasn’t the most pleasurable of routes!

Commenting after the race, Michael said; "40tude challenges are all about having fun and yes, this was a tough run, but we were blessed with glorious winter sunshine and it was a great challenge to have completed. Hopefully it will help with the 40tude fundraising effort and I am now looking forward to getting back on the bike!"

St Mark's Hospital Visit - January 2013

On Tuesday 29th January 2013, over twenty 40tude friends visited St Mark's Hospital for a tour, a talk and a light supper. The evening gave us an insight into what’s going on at the hospital and an understanding of the various specialisms that make up St Mark’s. It was a great opportunity to get a good look behind the scenes and to put our fundraising efforts into perspective. The money we've raised so far has obviously gone a long way towards making FLEX a reality in the not too distant future and transforming the treatment of bowel cancer.

The tour and talks included a detailed explanation of FLEX, a demonstration of virtual colonoscopy, an insight into the mind-blowing technology associated with tissue engineering, a fascinating insight into bowel disorders from a paediatrician's perspective and, finally, the opportunity to talk directly with the doctors and fellow 40tude supporters.
It was a truly inspirational evening. Here is what some of the attendees said afterwards:

"The tour was truly fascinating and we all felt very welcome. I think we all knew that the St Mark's team were a very talented group - but the scope and scale of what they are working on was mind blowing."

"It really helped to bring my understanding full circle. I left feeling very humbled by the experience. I am really proud to be a part of this!"

"It was really quite inspirational - and so nice to meet so many lovely people and see what goes on behind the scenes... quite an eye opener..."

If you missed this opportunity but would like to be invited to a future visit to St Mark's Hospital, please contact:

Annapurna Trek - December 2012

On 15th December 2012, 40tude supporter Brian Kilpatrick set off to tackle The Annapurna Circuit, a high altitude trek in the mountains in the Himalayas. He trekked for 18 days, sleeping in sub-zero temperatures and reaching an altitude of above 5000m. Why? To support 40tude FLEX project currently underway at St Mark's Hospital of course!

Brian has raised over £5000 for 40tude. Amazing! If you would like to support Brian, please His trip, organised by 'Exodus', is entirely self-funded, so every penny you give directly supports the FLEX project.

40tude curing colon cancer meets Boden - November 2012

Many thanks to Susan Cartwright for hosting a Boden Party at her home in Hampshire on behalf of 40tude curing colon cancer in November 2012. 

Boden Parties allow customers to see the new Season's range and also to 'try on' before purchasing (for the uninitiated, Boden is a mail order clothing business!). The event was well attended with about 40 customers, many who bought on the night, encouraged by the charitable status of the party.  £250 was raised for 40tude.