50 Mile Ultra Run, Saturday 7th April 2018

We are pleased to confirm that the Langham Hotel’s owner Mr Neil Kirby has successfully completed the South Downs Way 50 mile race in aid of Hospitality Action and SimPal (A cancer networking charity) Neil faces both a busy year with running his business the Langham Hotel and also training for the various running events he is participating in.

A few words from Neil about the race:

“I am very proud of this wonderful achievement which has really helped me to mark my 50th anniversary year in the hospitality business.

This was my first 50 mile race.  I finished 160th out of 425 runners and completed the race in 9 hours and 45 minutes.  The course was exceptionally challenging, I have been training on the course in sections and I am all too aware of the additional challenges of trail running.  It is a hilly course climbing over 9000ft which is very demanding on the body.

I am pleased to have raised £2,500 in total for these two very worthwhile charities and I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored me.  The money raised will be split equally between my two chosen charities.

Although this was certainly my biggest challenge of the year running wise, I am running my 17th London marathon on Sunday 22nd April.  I am hoping to complete this in less than 4 hours so I will qualify automatically for free entry to next years race in the over 65’s category.  In June I am running the Weald Way 32 mile race which is also a trail run, I am looking forward to both the training and the run.

I am also pleased to have supported the Golden Friends of Hospitality Action at the Langham recently they they held a lunch with us.  Their programme specialises in offering ‘get togethers’ for lonely and sometimes isolated older people who have previously worked in the hospitality and catering industry”