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Absent Friends Tour – Mission Completed!

Day 19: Rob has completed his epic journey across the country. He’s conquered over 1,000 miles, by cycling and running from the top of Scotland to the bottom of England. The final leg was completed this morning, when he ran 10 kilometres from Penzance to Land’s End. An incredible feat, for two amazing charities. You still have time to donate and take the total beyond £30,000.

CLICK HERE for Rob’s Just Giving page where you can donate.

Our Master of Ceremonies has run and cycled over 1,000 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End in order to raise money for WST’s official charity Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home, as well as the Brain Tumour Charity.

It’s vital that the Jessie May tally reaches £25,000 as that will mean that the Matchroom Sport Charitable Foundation donates an extra £25,000. So please give generously for a fantastic cause!

Previous days:

Day one: Rob has successfully made it from John O’Groats, which is the furthest northern tip of mainland Scotland, to Bettyhill, which is 60 miles along the coast.

Day two: Rob has travelled 60 miles today, southwards through the Highlands to Bonar Bridge. And there’s a nice surprise in store for one or two customers at the Crask Inn near Lairg…

Day three: Today’s route has taken Rob from Bonar Bridge to Inverness. The scenery looks epic – a word which could perhaps also be used to describe the smell in the support van as the crew have not been able to enjoy a shower since Monday morning. Check out the video below, which finishes with Rob reflecting on the real reason why he has taken on this huge challenge.


Last night, Rob had a message from a certain former Olympic gold medallist:

Day four: Having run and cycled well over 200 miles so far this week, Rob has made it from Inverness to Aviemore today, successfully navigating a tough route along the A9:

Day five: Rob has faced some brutal conditions today but he has made it to Blair Atholl and he remains on track.


And he’s had a lovely message from the Darling of Dublin:

Day six: Running and cycling is tough in the heat but, with the help of a chicken & mushroom Pot Noodle, Rob has made it to Kinross, and he is now a third of the way through the journey. Total donations are now over £16,000 but he must hit £25,000 within the next 13 days so please give generously.

Day seven: Sunday’s route started in Kinross and finished at Carnwath. Rob passed by Edinburgh – where the World Snooker Tour will return in December for the Scottish Open.

Day eight: A memorable day for Rob and the team, starting with an early-morning appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. Our thanks go to John Higgins who joined Rob on that show then sat down for an in-depth interview which you can watch on Wednesday from 5pm. The day ends in Lockerbie and on Tuesday the border with England will be crossed. Your donations have now gone over £18,000, but there’s still £7,000 to be raised to hit the target so please dig deep!

Day nine: After an amazing nine days in Scotland, the team have crossed the border into England. And another milestone is reached as the donations tally goes over £20,000. Keep the money flowing in please! There’s a nice message in this video from Jessie May CEO Daniel Cheesman…

Day ten: The team have made it from Penrith to Lancaster today. On Friday they will reach Stoke and Rob will be meeting up with Liam Highfield who is known as the best runner on the tour.

Day 11: Rob has made it to Hindley and is now enjoying a couple of beers and a bouncy castle, a combination which may not end well. Hopefully he’ll be in a fit state tomorrow to meet up with both Liam Highfield and broadcaster David Hendon in Stoke.

Day 12: Manic day for Rob as he got lost several times trying to get through Manchester, before being interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live then meeting up with Liam Highfield and David Hendon. And the day has finished with some amazing news as Shaun Murphy has made an incredibly generous donation to get the overall tally past the £25,000 mark. Thank you the Magician! But please keep the donations coming for the next week.

Day 13: Don’t miss this chat Rob has had with David Hendon, or this one with Liam Highfield. The team has made it to Kidderminster…just six days to go!

Day 14: The team has reached Gloucester, close to Rob’s home, and he will enjoy a much-needed night in his own bed before getting on the road again tomorrow. Will the beard stay or go? We’ll find out on Monday.

Day 15: Into the home stretch and the team has made it from Gloucester to Clevedon today. Rob has met up with some special friends, including ITV snooker presenter Jill Douglas.

Day 16: Today’s route has taken the team from Clevedon to Taunton. Rob met up with Jamie Jones, who completed his first London Marathon last year, to talk about snooker and running. Watch their chat here.

Day 17: As if this challenge wasn’t tough enough, Rob has added extra miles to his route today and tomorrow. He’s now in Plymouth and the new plan is to finish the journey at Land’s End live on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Friday. Here’s a lovely piece on BBC Points West, reminding us why Rob took on this challenge in the first place:


Day 18: The penultimate day is complete and Rob is now within a 10-kilometre run of Land’s End. He hopes to cross the finishing line around 11am on Friday morning so if you’re in Cornwall feel free to go and cheer him along the final stretch! There’s still time to donate and help the total towards £30,000.