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Why Rohit is following the trail

Challenge events have long been popular fundraisers. And when Rohit Raina took up long distance running, he discovered a challenge was something he just couldn’t resist, as he explains.

Since I started long-distance running in 2015, I’ve made a lot of running friends online and at other group challenges. They’ve run races such as covering 330kms in five days, or 205 miles in 100 hours. After meeting them in person, I was inspired to take on this kind of challenge. I thought ‘if they can do it, I can most certainly try’.

I used to mostly run road races – my first full marathon was in 2016 – but after I was introduced to trail running, I decided I’d like to try an ultra trail race. After some training I got to run my first 50km trail race in 2017 at Blackall (Queensland) and enjoyed it very much. A few friends from our group were running the 100km event, and after watching them finish, I decided that I wanted to run a 100km race someday and finish with a smile on my face.

It was around this time that I found out about the support which CLDF has provided for my nephew Noah, who has biliary atresia, as well as my brother Rakesh and his wife Fabienne. They explained to me how the charity needs donations so I thought that running the Blackhall 100 would be a great way of raising awareness and funds. I wanted my first 100km race to be special, do it for a cause, and I couldn’t think of a better cause than this.

It was an amazing experience. Not only did I raise £1663 for CLDF but have definitely been bitten by the ultra-trail bug! Next on my list is the UTA50km in the Blue Mountains in May 2020, and most likely will run Blackall100 again in October 2020. I’m also hoping to run the Western States Endurance 100 mile run in California, USA and the Tara ultra-trail 100 miler in NZ someday.

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