Epic charity run for Help for Heroes and Macmillan Cancer Support starts in Lowestoft

Craig Trusler and Tristen Dibb training for their epic challenge that will see them run from Lowesto

Craig Trusler and Tristen Dibb training for their epic challenge that will see them run from Lowestoft to Holyhead, Wales. Photo courtesy of Tristen Dibb. - Credit: Archant

Two former members of the British Armed Forces have chosen Lowestoft as the starting point for an epic charity challenge.

Tristen Dibb and Craig Trusler will be running 330 miles from Ness Point,in Lowestoft, to Holyhead, Wales.

The hardened fundraisers are planning to complete the trek within a week, setting off this morning.

Hailing from Northampton, the challenge will see the pair travel from Britain's most easterly point to its most westerly.

Mr Dibb said: 'We do something every year to raise money. In the past it has been marathons but it was getting to be the same old thing.

This is the biggest challenge of my life and I'm just buzzing.'

Money raised by Mr Dibb will be going to the pair's usual beneficiary Help for Heroes, while Mr Trusler has this year chosen Macmillan Cancer Support following the death of his grandmother.

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'I lost a good friend in Afghanistan and Help for Heroes helped the family so much,' said Mr Dibb.

'They help provide emotional and financial support at difficult times.'

Mr Trusler is equally passionate about his charity of choice.

'When my nan passed from cancer Macmillan were phenomenal in the help they gave,' he said.

'She didn't want to be away from her home. Not only did they help fight to get her home but provided support for her there after.'

In completing such an extreme challenge the men say they are seeking not only to raise money but also awareness of the impact the charities have.

Mr Dibb said: 'I think a lot of people have heard of the charities but may not know exactly what it is they do.

'We want people to see how important they are by what we are willing to go through.'

The duo will be sleeping underneath the stars and surviving on military rations. Any water used will be collected and purified from nearby streams.

Mr Dibb added: 'When we are looking at the map it does seem daunting but we have trained so hard and are adamant that we will get it done.'

If you would like to support the pair through their challenge you can do so via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/craig-trusler and www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tristen-dibb1.

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