Ryan’s Challenge: Miles for Smiles
Three marathons in three weeks for Smile Train UK
Ryan Crane is an inspirational 25-year-old from Essex who, in April, will undertake a huge fundraising challenge for Smile Train UK: Running three marathons in three weeks. We caught up with him (it wasn’t easy — he moves fast!) to learn more about his story and what it is about Smile Train that inspires him to attempt such a feat on our behalf.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born with a cleft lip and palate and have been on a long journey to get to the stage I am now. I have had the support of cleft charities along the way. I had my first surgery when I was just a few days old and have had several others since. I was cared for by one of the best cleft teams in the country and had one of the best surgeons available — Dr Sommerlad. I cannot thank him and his team enough.
Tell us about your upcoming challenge for Smile Train UK.
I enjoy running and have run a few marathons before (Paris, London, and Brighton). I wanted to set myself a challenge that will push me to my physical limit, so I have decided to run three marathons in three weeks. This, in turn, will enable me to raise as much money as I can for a charity that means a lot to me.
I aim to train four times a week with a long run each Sunday. The extent of this physical challenge means I will need to stick to my training schedule the best I can. The sense of achievement I know I will feel at the end of the challenge is getting me through my tough times. Also, knowing that the money raised will be used by Smile Train to support children and families affected by clefts will push me through and ensure that I complete the challenge.
Why is Smile Train a cause close to your heart?
Smile Train has always been a charity I have a lot of time and respect for. I admire the work they do and the number of children and families that they support. Having been through the journey myself, I have a personal connection to any charity that supports children and families affected by clefts.
We wish Ryan all the best with his training preparations!
Help him meet his goal!