Marathon Man Simon Trott triumphs in quest for kids
Marathon Man Simon Trott was given rousing applause when he arrived at Arthritis SA after completing seven marathons in seven days to raise money for kids with arthritis.
Family members, friends, staff members from Arthritis SA and most importantly, daughter Lekeisha, cheered Simon as he arrived. Simon’s gaze was fixed on Lekeisha as he made the last agonising steps to hug her – for a very long time.
It was Lekeisha and knowledge of her pain from juvenile idiopathic arthritis that spurred Simon’s mammoth physical effort. It saw him take off from Yorketown a week earlier and run the equivalent of seven marathons between the town and Adelaide.
His on the road back-up was his dad, Wayne, a a very patient man who watched over his son’s needs. Once, on the last day, Wayne thought Simon might falter. But he said within a few minutes he saw his son “pick himself up” and get into the right mindset to finish the challenge.
Simon, Wayne, family members and supporters were thanked by Arthritis SA’s Medical Director, Dr Simon Burnet, as a sausage sizzle celebration upon Simon’s arrival. He was presented with silver cup trophy commemorating his accomplishment.
Simon set out to raise $10,000 but achieved so much more. At least count his tally was close to $12,000 and the awareness and goodwill he created was priceless.