Sunday 10 September, Mike Buss, local Ultra Runner and Help for Heroes fundraiser, started his 105mile run from RAF Lyneham to John Radcliffe Hospitial and then on to London and Number 10 Downing Street to hand in the Heroes Highway Petition which has already recieved over 15,000 signatures from around the UK and even celeb support from Piers Morgan.
The challenging run was almost cancelled due to no support vehicle as Jeep pulled out at last minute and Johnsons Volvo/Mazda Dealership of Swindon stepped to save the day.
The run took Mike along major A roads that at times got a little hair-raising with tight low visability bends in the roads and late night darkness, so the Johnsons Sponsored Support Vehicle was quite possibly a life saver, especially during the night, keeping Mike safe following on behind.
Mike said that due to an accident he had in back in the early summer he had not trained since late May and inside was worried about not completing this challenge but with the origional date cancelled Mike was determined not to let the people down who had supported the event and petition.
It was the night that Mike found tespecially tough, with parts of the run not seeing his support crew for sometimes up to two hours it got very lonely and that was when the doupts entered Mike’s head wondering if he could even finish the run. But he soldiered on and when he entered the outskirts of London at Uxbridge in the early hours of the morning it was like the home leg and as the sun came up things became more positive with every step.
Passing through Hyde Park and onto Downing Street, Mike was able to find that last spurt of energy to run through to the finish. Knocking on the door of Number 10 was a little nerve racking said Mike, but when the door opened and the gentleman answering the door took the petition and stopped for photos, that all went away.
It was then off to meet Justin Tomlinson MP and Rob Buckland MP for lunch and a drink at Parliament along with his support crew which included Julian Hogan, Sgt Rebecca Foran, Orange and recently retired Sgt Gary Bradshaw who also served with Mike in the Royal Green Jackets.
This is only the start of the petition; the run to Downing Street was the first step to get the media support to raise the profile of the Petition and with celeb support and support from Justin Tomlinson and Rob Buckland the petition’s next challenge is to gain 100,000 signatures which will allow it to be sponsored by an MP and put forward to the House of Commons.
If you would like to support the petition go to Heroes Highway Petition Page on Facebook and sign the petition link.