Y-front runner’s epic fundraising effort

Will Graydon with members of the Rebecca House team, from left, Debbie Pitts, Margaret Simpson, Francis Bland and Chloe Marran

Will Graydon with members of the Rebecca House team, from left, Debbie Pitts, Margaret Simpson, Francis Bland and Chloe Marran

  • by Jackie Turley

The son of Robin Gibb’s manager has completed a 220-mile run wearing nothing but pink Y-fronts in memory of the Bee Gee.

William Graydon, aged 24, started his run from his home in Thame, Oxfordshire, on August 10 and ran 220 miles over seven days, ending at Rebecca House children’s hospice, in Braddan, on Saturday.

He has so far raised more than £7,500 to be split between three charities, Rebecca House, which was opened by Robin and Dwina Gibb, The Haig Housing Trust and Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

‘The idea behind the event was obviously to raise as much awareness and money as possible for these three charities, all of which really make a difference to people’s lives,’ he said.

‘I also wanted to commemorate Robin, and what better way to remember him by helping the charities that he supported.’

An emotional Will at the end of the run described his run as an ‘amazing adventure’ and an ‘emotional roller coaster: ‘I am so pleased to have completed this fantastic journey.

‘I’ve been overwhelmed by the support I have received during my run which has taken me from south Oxford to the Midlands, to Liverpool and finishing in the Isle of Man.

‘I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s been one of the best weeks I’ve ever had.’

Will had only run a half marathon before the event so made a huge step up in order to raise as much money as possible.

His pink Y-fronts were specially designed and sewn by the team at Rebecca House and his hair was a very fetching shade of pink too.

During the challenge – Robin’s Run200 – he had an encounter with the police in England with the words ‘indecent exposure’ mentioned but it all ended well – he was allowed to continue running.

His run included a stop at Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, to pay respects to soldiers who have fallen during recent conflicts and have been repatriated through the town.

He was provided support by his dad, Ken, throughout the seven days.

Robin’s nephew Steven Murphy and Will’s close friend Benedict Smith cycled alongside him, with Steven running on the island on the last day.

Will urged people to support him, saying: ‘I have just run 220 miles just wearing pink Y-fronts, hopefully it will give people another reason to sponsor us; because frankly we looked ridiculous, especially towards the end of the event!

‘Losing all dignity as I run up the country was worth it if we can help these three charities carry on with their great work.

‘I would encourage people to still give – I’ve done my bit.’

Robin Gibb was one third of one of the most successful bands of all time, the Bee Gees.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, the Bee Gees sold more than 200 million albums worldwide.

He passed away in 2012 after a battle with cancer. Doctors stated they were ‘confounded’ by his incredible strength and perseverance during treatment.

For more information go to www.facebook.com/#!/RobinsRun200?fref=ts and to make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/teams/Robinsrun




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