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Nicholas Ashill

On 14 May 2017 I will attempt to run from Los Angeles to New York. Following Route 66 the 5400km run will take about 110 days to complete.

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Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust

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I am 52 years old. Although born in Wales I now live in Dubai. I am married to Sarah and we have 4 beautiful girls.  In 1980, a man named Frank Giannino, Jr., ran 3,100 miles from San Francisco to New York in 46 days, 8 hours and 36 minutes. This record was recently broken by Pete Kostelnick who completed the run in 42 days, 6 hours and 30 minutes, averaging just over 72 miles per day. My challenge is not about beating the record but inspiring others to achieve their own goals in life.  I will be challenging myself, both physically and mentally, but this is not my primary motive for the run. I want to communicate to others that for an ordinary person to do something extraordinary, you must never be afraid to dream big. My decision to run across America was made in 2015 after the death of my mother in England from pulmonary fibrosis. Pulmonary fibrosis kills 5300 people in the UK every year. I want to raise money to support individuals and families dealing with this disease.

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Running across America -

My journey from Los Angeles to New York will begin on 14 May 2017.  I will finish some 110 days later averaging 50km/day.  I plan to follow much of historical Route 66 for the first 3000km and will then run through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania before reaching New York.  5400km sounds a long way but if you break it down it is 108 50km runs.  I believe this is an important mindset to have.

I know I will experience all extremes crossing America.  I will have to go through desert, over mountains and through cornfields.  I am ready to enjoy many different things including wildlife, extreme weather, breathtaking landscapes, unpredictability of some drivers on the roads, lots of blisters and of course meeting some very interesting people. Tackling hot temperatures and humidity will be a real challenge during the summer months.

If you want to know about the run or want to become involved please make contact., skype nick.ashill,


Event date

14-May-2017 07:00  - 
04-September-2017 12:00

Event type

Running / Walking

46 days to event start

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Hope you get lots of support Nicholas, and lots of sponsors.
Donation by Tony Holmes.
on 21-02-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Janine passed your story onto me. I think you're absolutely nuts! All the best for the run! Cheers Liam Malone
Donation by Liam Malone
on 12-10-2016
£2.50 gift aid
Sent with love for my late wife Barbara
Donation by Trevor
on 28-08-2016
£25.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £130.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £130.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £162.50

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