Will goes through pain barrier in 100-mile challenge
By Trudi_B | Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 14:37
Keen runner Will Hewitt went through the pain barrier to complete a tough challenge along the Cotswold Way.
Will, director of sales and marketing for the Bristol Marriott City Centre and Bristol Marriott Royal hotels, wanted to try something different after successfully taking part in marathons and other road races.
But the terrain of the national trail, together with some terrible weather, took its toll on his feet during the four-day event.
He battled on to cross the finishing line and in doing so, raised some £600 for the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal at Bristol Children's Hospital.
But Will's battered feet led to a visit to his local casualty unit, where medics gathered to examine what they claimed was the worst case of blisters they had ever seen.
Will, 36, signed up for the first Cotswold Way Challenge 100-Mile Run, having already completed the London Marathon three times and a variety of half-marathons.
The inaugural event started in Chipping Campden and finished in Bath, with participants able to walk, run or jog the four stages.
Will said: "It wasn't a race. It was more about completion and camaraderie, with about 65 people taking part.
"But I used different muscles to those when road running and my feet suffered so much that afterwards I had to go to A&E to get them patched up.
"I felt bad about going to hospital but then I was told it was the worse case of blisters they had seen. They even took photographs of my feet.
"I couldn't wear shoes for a week afterwards but I'm fully recovered now and have even done a bit of jogging."
The Grand Appeal is the 2013 chosen charity for the two Bristol Marriott hotels, which also have their own Gromit sculptures on display as part of the Gromit Unleashed trail in aid of the appeal.