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October 16th 2015

Cadet Quarter Master helps to raise £288,000 for cancer charities

A Cadet Quarter Master and his running partner from Lincolnshire have trekked 50 miles along the Great Wall of China before running a marathon to raise money for Children with Cancer.

Rob Holland, aged 59, who works as a member of the Permanent Support Staff at Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force joined a team of 90 other volunteers who came together to complete an event organised by Dream Challenges.

IMG_1731Rob explained: “It took us seven days to walk 50 miles through a lot of difficult terrain along both the old and new parts of the Great Wall of China. I had heard that the wall was a fantastic sight to see in real life, but I actually found it breath taking when I saw it in person.

“I have always wanted to complete a trek like this in China along with my running partner Cathy Thompson, so it was great to be able to tick this off our to-do-list. We walked as a group for most of the way, joined by four local guides.”

When Rob signed up to take part in the trekking challenge he also vowed to complete a marathon straight afterwards, he continued: “My running partner and I hoped to complete the marathon on the Great Wall of China but due to the small number of guides in our group we were not allowed to do this. In the end, we ran 10k on the wall before completing the final 32k in Beijing, where we had to dodge endless traffic on the roads. This really was an experience we will not forget.”

Collectively, the group who took part in both the trek and the marathon have raised £288,000 for their chosen charities.

IMG_1736Completing these challenges has encouraged Rob to continue to fundraise setting his sights on completing both the London and New York Marathons in the near future as well as the a marathon along the Great Wall of China in 2017.

If you would like to sponsor Rob now he has completed both the trek and the marathon visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ThePandapounders

“It took us seven days to walk 50 miles through a lot of difficult terrain along both the old and new parts of the Great Wall of China."