It is that time of year again when osteopath David Simpson will run his annual ultra-marathon for charity, and this year there are two milestones that Simpson is celebrating, his 50th birthday and his 10th charity run.
Simpson, who was born in Zambia and travelled around Africa and the Middle East before settling in Britain, began his annual charity run when he moved over to our island permanently. It was kind of a tradition of his to do something extreme and around the time of his birthday when he would complete an Ironman distance triathlon or a cross country ultra-marathon.
He continued the tradition when he moved over to Cyprus and, together with friends and colleagues, he thought of combining the run with raising funds for a chosen charity or a disadvantaged family. Over these past nine years he has helped raise funds for charities including the One Dream One Wish foundation, KEPAKY, the Dr Yiota Demetriou Dancing Queen foundation and the Ayia Skepi foundation. This year funds will be raised for disadvantaged families in need of medical treatment.
For his tenth run he will run a distance of over 200km, from Limassol to Polis Chrysochous over a period of four days. He will begin today from his local children’s elementary school and then follow the route Limassol, Agros, Troodos, Platres, Kykkos, Cedar Valley, Stavros tis Psokas and will arrive in Polis Chrysochous four days later.
Simpson is just the right man for the job as he worked as a sports injury specialist and a personal trainer for a number of years.
If you would like to sponsor Simpson and help his charity run, you can do so directly by donating to the Bank of Cyprus account David Simpson Charity Run A/C: 35702 1208677, IBAN: CY39 0020 0195 0000 3570 2120 8677.