Jan 2022


January 6, 20221 Minute

By Lorelei Reddin, Community Content Editor, Daily Echo

Its been dubbed the toughest mountain race in the world - and he completed it with a broken foot.

Samuel Skinner from Botley raised more than £12,000 for Southampton children's cancer charity the Piam Brown Ward during the Dragons Back Race 2021.'

It involved running over 380km with over 60,000 feet of climbing, which is more than twice the height of Everest, from Conwy Castle in North Wales to Cardiff Castle in the South.

Runners had to navigate their way to check points within certain time frames. Those who did not meet the cut off times were forced to pull out.

Samuel had a fall on the fifth day of the endurance race, which saw his ankle swell up to twice its normal size.

Unable to fit his trainer on, he cut it and taped it to his foot before hopping and shuffling the 70 miles remaining during the end of day five and all of day six.

Samuel has since discovered he actually fractured a bone in his foot and is sporting a medical boot.

Only 24 per cent of super fit participants managed to complete the brutal race.

Samuel is pictured with his nephew Freddie and Freddie's friend Willow, herself a Piam Brown patient.

Piam Brown is the Wessex regional children’s cancer ward based at Southampton General Hospital.

Children come from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Surrey, Sussex, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands to receive special care on the unit.

Piam Brown ward caters for children with all types of cancer from birth to 16 years old, caring for around 120 new patients each year.

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