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Ultra marathon man to firewalk in Priory Park

27 September 2019


On Sunday 6 October, 43 year old Dean Ovel of Westcliff-On-Sea will complete a marathon (26.2 miles) and then take part in a fundraising firewalk challenge in Priory Park hosted by Southend Hospital Charity.

Dean, who works as a design engineer, is a keen runner and an avid supporter of Southend Hospital Charity.

He will start his run from Southchurch Park and finish in Priory Park.  Dean will be joined by his wife Sian, in the last three miles of the run, and will complete the firewalk challenge together.

Firewalking is a walk in the park for Dean who is no stranger to endurance and fitness tests. He has previously completed 10 marathons in eight days, ran in a hamster wheel for 24 hours, completed several ultra marathons (50 or more miles in a day) up hills and mountains and a rickshaw challenge; ferrying passengers along the Southend seafront.

Dean said: "I have a long history with Southend Hospital as some of my family work there. They fixed my arm when it was broken and my children were born there. I am taking part in the firewalking challenge because I want to support the work that the Trust does to improve lives in our community." 

Members of the public are welcome to join Dean and take part in the ultimate 'mind over matter' challenge by walking on hot coals from 5:30pm - 7:30pm in Priory Park, Southend. 

Entry fee is £40 and anyone wishing to do the fire walk should raise a minimum of £100 from sponsorship. 100% of all sponsorship money will benefit the ward, department or service of your choice.

Expert tuition will be given to those who register by Firewalking, Guinness World Record Holder, Scott Bell whose company UK Firewalk will manage the event.

Scott said:"I have been firewalking for around 15 years and have one of the greatest jobs in the world! 

"Why? Because I get to witness people transform from being apprehensive and concerned to a feeling of triumph and achievement. Also, they are normally walking on fire to raise funds for a cause that is close to their hearts or want to help an organisation that has helped them or their family.

"Firewalking helps overcome fear in a fun way and doesn't require the time and physical commitment that many other challenges have.

"We take thousands of people across fire, every year and this is now your chance to try it."

For a registration pack please call 01702 385337 or email fundraising@southend.nhs.uk you can also find us on Facebook (Southend Hospital Charity).

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