Dr Ravi Jayaram runs 52 miles for Elle
Consultant Paediatrician Dr Ravi Jayaram completed the 52-mile Chester Ultra-Marathon to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in memory of former patient Elle Morris.
Keen runner Ravi completed the endurance challenge on Saturday 10 March and was greeted by Elle’s family at the finishing line, having grown close to them after looking after Elle for years.
“Elle was a patient of mine with cystic fibrosis who died earlier this year aged 11 a year after a lung transplant,” Ravi said. “She was an amazing and inspiring girl and I wanted to do something for her memory.”
This was the first time Ravi had taken on a challenge of this magnitude, but it was thinking about Elle that made him carry on.
“I’d already done a few crazy endurance events in the past but never anything as daunting as a 52 mile ultramarathon,” Ravi said. “It was without a doubt the toughest thing I have ever done, even harder than an Ironman triathlon. There were some incredibly low points during the race; being knee deep in wet, cold mud after running 30 miles forces you to dig into your deepest reserves. Knowing that I had raised over £3,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust helped me to keep going through the pain and misery and crossing the finish line to be greeted by Elle’s family made it all worthwhile. I’m hoping that my knees will forgive me soon.”
:: You can still support Ravi’s fundraising effort for Elle by giving a donation here
Vote for video in charity awards
For Christmas 2016 Elle nominated Ravi as her Christmas star in a festive Cystic Fibrosis Trust campaign to raise awareness of the genetic condition.
This video, which you can see below, has now been named as a finalist in the 2018 Charity Film Awards. You can vote for it to win by clicking here