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Issue 328 – 125 mile (200 kilometre) challenge for Positive Action on Cancer

A FROME man is planning to run 125 miles (200 kilometres) in under 48 hours, to raise money for Frome-based charity Positive Action on Cancer (PAC).

Nigel Arbury from Frome will start his epic run from Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire and finish in Frome. This will be the 10th challenge that Nigel has undertaken with Martin Bax heading up the support team.
In this challenge the route will firstly follow the Cotswold Way, one of Britain’s national trails, from Chipping Campden to Bath. Nigel will then take a new route for the 25 miles from Bath to Frome. Devised by Nigel and Martin, they have christened this the ‘PAC Way’ in honour of the charity!
The challenge will take place over this year’s August bank holiday weekend and will finish at the Griffin Inn in Frome at around 3.00pm on Monday 29th August.
Martin Bax said, “We are delighted to have the support of James Blockley the national trails officer for the Cotswold Way and Joan Booth, chairman of the wardens. It was a very happy coincidence that Nigel and I met Joan while we were researching the route.”
Positive Action on Cancer is the only organisation in BANES, Somerset and West Wilts to provide free professional counselling to adults and children affected by cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Their support helps relieve the emotional suffering of patients, their families and carers and those who have been bereaved to enable them to live the best quality of life possible. The charity is open to anyone from any area as long as they can travel to Frome.
Nigel and Martin hope that the PAC Way will become established and that other runners will use this route on a regular basis to raise money for the charity.
PAC relies entirely on grants and donations to run their service. For more information on the charity, to request a sponsorship form, or to make a contribution please go to Or call 01373 455 255.
For more information on this event and background on previous successful challenges please contact Martin Bax on 01373 464912.
Pictured: Martin Bax (left) with Nigel Arbury checking the route along the Cotswold Way at Cleeve Common, an area of outstanding natural beauty and the highest point in the Cotswolds.

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