Aaran Vijaykumaran completes extraordinary 62km FOX Ultra-marathon for Smiles With Grace

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20th February 2022
Aaran Vijay running FOX Ultra-marathon

Aaran says he won't stop here, as he hopes to embark on a 50-mile run in just a few months.

Pushing his body to extreme limits, Aaran Vijaykumaran has completed a remarkable 62 kilometre run for Smiles With Grace, so far raising almost £500.

The incredible feat is made more impressive by the fact that, just days before the race, he was advised by his team to pull out due to months of rehab and injuries.

But, with the charity so close to his heart and spurring him on, Aaran chose to bravely battle on, despite a lack of training.

After completing the London Marathon in 2021, he decided to embark on an even more gruelling challenge this year.

In response to why he wished to do these races, Aaran said in a social media post:

“Sadly, there are people out there living with diseases fighting for their next breath so they can see the loved ones around them. They do whatever it takes to go through that suffering to see the next day on this earth.

The money raised for Smiles With Grace will go towards its collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Research to develop a bio-market for spinal lipoma.

On donations, Aaran says:

“…More research is the only way we can find ways to alleviate the pain. The least I can do, blessed with opportunities that have come my way, is put myself through a bit of pain and try and raise a lot of money by doing these races.”

A huge congratulations to Aaran for this incredible achievement, and thank you to everyone who has contributed on his JustGiving page so far!

To donate to Smiles With Grace through Aaran’s FOX ultra-marathon run click here.

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