From Big Ben to Belgium In A Day

From Big Ben to Belgium In A Day

Jack Foord has taken part in Wings for Life World Run since the beginning, and has no intention of stopping now.

“Ever since my first race in 2014 at Silverstone Race Track, when I ran 15.25km, it has been my most anticipated running event of the year.”

In 2015, he covered 23.59km before David Coulthard overtook him in the Catcher Car. But in 2016, he’s taking his involvement to a whole new level and going to extraordinary lengths to raise money:


“I will be bike riding from Big Ben in London all the way to Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, to take part in the 2016 Wings for Life World Run. I want to raise as much money as I can for spinal cord research, so on top of asking friends and family to sponsor me for the run itself, I thought I’d add another little challenge. The more I do, the more I can raise, right



“I plan to leave Big Ben, in London, at 6am on May 7 and arrive at Menin Gate for the start of the race in Belgium at 1pm local time. On this great journey, I will cover over 265km of land on bicycle, then face up to the notorious Catcher Car.”


Why did you decide to cycle from London to Ypres?

I believe if you’re not challenged in life, then life can get boring. If there’s not a goal to reach and achieve then there’s no reason to get out of bed in the morning, and when your goal involves helping other people, the feeling of motivation, determination, selfless drive and overall achievement of the goal is magnified tenfold.


How do people react when you ask then to make a donation?

People are amazed when I explain to them that spinal cord injury could be cured, that it’s just a matter of time. But because the awareness isn’t there for spinal cord research, you know, like there is with cancer research, they don’t know so much about it. This race is so amazing because it spreads awareness. It’s such a perfect reason to run, Running for people who can’t.


What are you looking forward on the cycle?

The open countryside and the amazing things I’ll see and experience throughout my journey.

I can’t wait for to cross the France--Belgium border. I’m not going to lie, I will probably get off the bike and hop the border in and out of the countries a few times shouting “France, Belgium, France, Belgium, France, Belgium".


What do you think will be your biggest challenge?

Well apart from riding 265km, I guess it’ll be the transition from cycling to running, but with my motivation and reasons for this challenge, I should have no shortage of grit and determination to blast my way through any mental wall that decides to cross my path.


Why did you choose to run in Belgium this time?

Simply because I’ve never been to Belgium and always wanted to go. I love that the Wings for Life World Run takes place in so many countries. Who wouldn’t want to tour great cities and run through their streets?


What inspired you to get involved in the Wings for Life World Run in the first place?

I don’t want to take for granted the simple ability I have of just being able to run when there are others out there who dream, night and day, of being able to use their legs. I enjoy running so much, and if there were just a one-percent chance that we could cure spinal cord injury, and that injured people could experience the feeling I get when I run, then every drop of sweat and ache in my body would be well worth it.


Help Jack raise as much as he possibly can for Wings for Life and help bring the cure for spinal cord injury one step closer. 




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The fact that you were being chased by a Catcher Car with a celebrity in it was also VERY COOL.

Melina Magulas, Norway

Running is so much easier when you know it's for such a good cause!

Kenny Belaey, Ieper, Belgium

It's hard to find so many satisfied faces in one place anywhere else :)

Matjaz Klemencic, Slovenia

Wow … Brought a tear to my eye and am very proud to of run this year and thank you for such a great experience …

Natalie Hilton, participant 2015

Everyone commented on the positive atmosphere and how great it was to be running 100% for a good cause. My personal belief in the Wings for Life foundation and my passion for running made the Wings for Life World Run a no-brainer for me.

Astrid Kaltenböck, Local winner in Brazil 2015 and Verona 2014