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Stephen and Rob’s 24 Hour Challenge

This Good Friday, Stephen Miller and his friend, Rob Eagles, will be taking on a challenge of their own creation: Hot Cross Run! It’s a 24 hour endurance challenge which will see them running laps of Sefton Park in Liverpool – a 2.2 mile circuit they’ll be repeating from sunrise to sunset, and beyond.

Together, the pair will be raising funds in support of brainstrust and Molly Olly’s Wishes – two causes very close to their hearts.

Remembering Mum

Stephen has been a loyal supporter of brainstrust for many years, and his latest challenge follows a long list of incredible accomplishments. At 43, Stephen’s ability only goes from strength to strength, and his commitment to supporting the brain tumour community is unwavering. Below, Stephen shares why he began running and everything he’s achieved so far:

I lost my mum to a GBM in 2013 and have since raised funds several times for brainstrust. The first time being the first marathon I ran at Chester in 2016. Since then, I have taken part in plenty of events of all distances, and over the last few years I have started running ultra marathons, defined as anything longer than marathon distance. In 2019 I ran 50 and 100 mile races and raised a considerable amount for brainstrust thanks to the generosity of friends, family and colleagues.

Hot Cross Run

Following the Covid-19 outbreak, 2020 saw the cancellation of all major challenge events here in the UK. As a seasoned runner and keen fundraiser, Stephen’s plans for the year were no long possible. Determined to get back on track, Stephen and Rob decided to take matters into their own hands and began organising Hot Cross Run. In January, Stephen reached out to brainstrust to share his ambitions for 2021.
Although I have a number of events planned for this year, it is obviously unclear at this stage as to whether they will take place. That’s why me and a friend decided to arrange our own. We have chosen to run laps of Sefton Park which, although it probably sounds horrendous, logistically makes sense as we can have food and kit in our cars and there is no chance of getting lost!

Up for the Challenge

A he explains below, Stephen’s love of running, paired with his passion to make a difference, fuels his motivation to continue reaching new personal milestones.
Since taking up running in 2015, it has become a big part of my life and something that I use to keep fit, clear my head, socialise with friends and give my wife and 2 young daughters some much deserved peace! I run the majority of events with a good friend of mine, Rob. The distances have become longer over the years which probably present more of a mental than physical test, something which I bizarrely enjoy the challenge of. All in all, I love running and enjoy having the motivation of raising funds for such a fabulous charity to get me to the end!
On Good Friday, Stephen will be joined by his friend Rob, who is running for Molly Olly’s Wishes, a charity supporting children with life threatening or life limiting illnesses, and their families, to help with their emotional wellbeing. The pair are inviting supporters to safely join them at Sefton Park from 9am as they take on this epic challenge.

Making a Difference

From his first marathon, to his now 24 hour endurance challenge, Stephen has raised an incredible £6,032.00 and counting! Because of his extraordinary fundraising efforts, 150 families have received a brainstrust brain box – our essential toolkit full of tailored and accredited resources specifically designed to give patients and carers the tools they need to thrive. The life-changing difference this makes simply wouldn’t be possible without the support we receive from people like Stephen. The impact it makes is described by one patient below:
“I received the brain box yesterday. I cried with happiness. It’s just what we needed – the booklets, information, tea and even hand cream. You have restored our faith in human nature.”
We’d like to wish Stephen and Rob the best of luck ahead of their Hot Cross Run event on 2nd April – it’s a challenge like no other, and we’re certain everyone will join us in cheering them on throughout the day! If you’d like to support their extraordinary fundraising efforts, you can visit Stephen’s JustGiving page by clicking here, and Rob’s JustGiving page by clicking here.
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