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Running Challenge

Our employee, Rick Ashton, has run an amazing 1000km during 2019 to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice. Whilst completing this challenge he has raised over £1150 through online fundraising and has completed a total of 100 separate runs. These include 24 running events such as the Chorley 10K and the Manchester Half Marathon.

Inspiration and motivation

Rick was inspired to begin the challenge because he wanted to have a more active lifestyle and do something he had never done before. He had seen the valuable work that Derian House do for terminally ill children through his employer. Derian House was True Bearings’ chosen charity for 2019 and Rick has two young children himself so it was an obvious choice.

‘When I started the challenge, I had never run further than 5km in one go, and I worked out I needed to do 20km a week to complete the challenge’ says Rick. ‘So, it wasn’t easy to go from that to running a lot every week’.

Rick Ashton at Tough Mudder 2019

Tough Going

It hasn’t all been plain sailing though, as Rick had a few setbacks including injuries and an underlying back problem that put him behind schedule. The great British weather was not always on his side either; ‘I’ve had to force myself to go out in really bad weather, anything from hail, to torrential rain! But Derian House is such a good cause and that’s what kept me going, that and family and friends.’


‘Here at True Bearing we could not be prouder of Rick. He has completed a milestone challenge whilst juggling work and family life. Well done, Rick!’ says George Critchley, Chairman of True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners.

Of his employer, Rick adds; ‘I am so grateful to the support that has been offered by True Bearing over the course of this challenge. They’ve helped me to promote my fundraising and kept me motivated along the way!’  Not content with completing the 1000km challenge this year, Rick has now signed up for the London Marathon in 2020 and will begin his training in January.

The Finish Line

Rick completed the challenge on Friday 20th December by running over the finish line at Derian House. He was greeted by his wife and two children and presented with his 1000km medal by David Robinson, CEO of Derian House. It was an emotional moment for everyone but most of all for Rick.

1000km Virtual Runner medal

Fun Facts

  • Rick completed the challenge in around 121 hours….that’s just over 5 days-worth of running!
  • Rick has raised £1150 so far for the charity through his 1000km challenge
  • 1000km is the same distance from Chorley to Oslo!
  • Rick has completed the challenge over a total of 100 runs