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Brendan's marathon Fibromyalgia effort

Friday 15 April 2011

Brendan Grufferty
Brendan Grufferty

From UK newspaper the Burton Mail:


Brendan's marathon fibromyalgia effort

Published: 09/04/2011 08:00

A RUNNER is going the distance to show his support for a friend with a debilitating illness.

Brendan Grufferty will be taking part in the Paris Marathon tomorrow [Sunday 10 April 2011] in order to raise money for the fibromyalgia group in Burton.

The 31-year-old decided to support the charity after meeting Sarah Pugh, from Stretton, who suffers from the condition.

Fibromyalgia causes those who have it muscle pain and stiffness, fatigue, disturbed sleep, poor concentration and irritable bowel syndrome.

“To say Sarah has got a difficult life is an understatement and the problem with fibromyalgia is people probably don’t look like they have anything wrong with them,” said Mr Grufferty.

“You have got people with the condition who live in considerable pain every day of the week.

“My running for them is about getting the condition recognised locally.” Mr Grufferty, from Derby, is no stranger to long distance running, having taken part in sponsored runs before.

However, this will be his first marathon

He said: “The prospect of a marathon is particularly daunting — it’s hard work.” Mr Grufferty has been training for the event for a while and said he was already starting to show signs of wear and tear.

“For me doing the marathon, I will probably go through a lot of pain — my Brendan’s marathon fibromyalgia effort  knees are already quite painful,” he admitted.

“But I have got some choice in that pain, and people with this condition haven’t.” Mr Grufferty has received support for his efforts from friends and colleagues, and has already raised £500 for the cause.

He said: “It’s amazing how many people have come to me and said that either they know someone who has fibromyalgia or they have it themselves.” A spokesman for the Burton Fibromyalgia Support Group said: “As a group we spend time raising awareness of the condition and also raising funds to keep going.

“We also rely on charity donations and in the past have had donations from local businesses, for which we are extremely grateful.

“A big thank you goes to Brendan and we wish him the best of luck in Paris.” People can sponsor Mr Grufferty by visiting his page at

Further information about the Burton fibromyalgia group is available by telephoning Judith on 0845 345581 or Jan on 07772 967578, or by emailing


The article originally appeared here.


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