James Blythe, ESTH Managing Director, takes on his fifth Ultramarathon this time for Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity

James Blythe, Managing Director of Epsom & St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust (ESTH), is gearing up for his fifth Ultramarathon, not just as a personal challenge but as a means of supporting a cause very close to his heart.  

James finds running to be more than just a physical activity; it’s a mental retreat that allows him the space to think, feel fitter and support him to cope with the demands of his job. With the Ultramarathon approaching, he is both excited and apprehensive.  
“This is one of the events I’ve always wanted to do – it almost goes past my house and I see the runners and walkers going through Nonsuch Park every year – so I’m excited to finally do it. It’s my second time running this distance so I know to expect the unexpected – a lot can happen over 12 hours or more of running.” 

For this particular Ultramarathon, James’ motivation extends beyond personal achievement. He is running to raise funds for Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity, in particular to support projects around Staff Health and Wellbeing.  

“I see so much that we could do to support the organisations that we simply aren’t able to prioritise from limited resources. I am particularly passionate about supporting staff better, and also inspiring others in the organisation to get involved in fundraising.” 

Not only is James fundraising for the cause, but he wants to encourage patients, families and other staff members to join him in getting involved.  

“Give it a go! It’s great to have something to work towards and you will always surprise yourself with what you can do. I hope more people take on challenges of all types, but also it would be great if we could get a trail running group heading over Epsom Downs on summer evenings!” 

Feeling inspired? Head over to our events page to see the wide range of events on offer or get in touch with the Charity team today on esth.charity@nhs.net