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Security officer Rob Joliffe is taking a sizeable step up from his normal 15-minute walk to work to run a half marathon. But it’s all in a good cause for Rob, who’ll be 41 when the run takes place on 8 April, is being sponsored to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. His wife Jacqui has MS.
Liverpool-born Rob joined Sodexo in 2016 as a security officer at Diageo’s Runcorn depot, working 12-hour shifts as part of a team of six in the gatehouse, signing in and out HGVs distributing Guinness and other drinks around the UK and further afield.
“I have taken part in a couple of charity bike rides in the past but this will be my first run,” said Rob, who worked in retail security at a local shopping centre before joining Sodexo. “I’d say the longest I’ve ever run before is about five miles so, although I’m not new to running, I’ve never done anything like this before.”
Rob began his training on New Year’s Day, and he explained: “I went for a five-mile run and then found that I could not walk for three days afterwards due to pains in my legs!
But the shift work means I am able to run twice a week and I’m now up to six miles and I’m finding this OK. I’ll increase it to eight miles and then keep adding two miles a week. By the middle of March, I hope to be running the full distance.”
The half marathon Rob is competing in takes place in Devizes, Wiltshire, where he and Jacqui’s friends live. “We will meet up with them after the run and we plan on staying there for a couple of days. It’s a lovely part of the UK with lots to see and do.”
Rob is hoping to raise £300 from his run for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Typically, £200 funds an hour of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner use. MRI scanning is crucial to create a detailed image of the brain and spinal cord as specialists try to understand MS in more detail.
“The society also holds group meetings for people with MS and their families, to get people out of their homes and interacting with people, and some of the money will be used to pay for these,” Rob added.
Anyone wishing to support Rob’s efforts can sponsor him via his JustGiving page or text a donation: text RJOL99, £10 (or however much you wish to donate) to 70070.
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