City hosts celebration for graduate’s 350 mile charity run

The Mayor of Bath is hosting a reception for University of Bath graduate, Kaveh Fatemian, to celebrate his achievement in running more than 350 miles to raise thousands of pounds for cancer research.

Cllr Colin Barrett will mark his success at The Guildhall on Friday evening (6.30pm) with Kaveh's support team, friends, family and sponsors from the City.

Kaveh completed the Paris marathon in April as a warm-up to a gruelling 300 mile run which he started the following day, from the French capital to London. Back in England he returned to University for a week to continue his final year studies in Accounting & Finance before going on to run the London marathon. 

He has raised over £12,500 through sponsorship and events held at the University and in Bath, including a netball tournament, themed nights out and parties, "pi day", cake sales, a martial arts awards dinner, fashion shows and collections at various events including the circus and wrestling events.

Kaveh said: "The run went really well and I somehow managed to cover it in 14 days instead of the original 16 days I'd planned. I picked up a bit of an Achilles problem after a grass verge collapsed on me, and every step of the 25 miles the following day was excruciating but thankfully those powers of recovery I've very fortunately got, some positive thinking and a little bit of TLC managed to keep it relatively in check.

"We also had to overcome a missing hotel, roadworks causing a much hillier route, almost being taken out several times by erratic French driving and only just beating the Channel blockade by French trawlers but all things considered it went pretty well!"

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Kaveh sets out his bid to run 350 miles in 16 days

Kaveh was inspired to run for Cancer Research UK by family members affected by the disease, and in memory of his late girlfriend who was an active fundraiser for the charity.

The Mayor Bath, Cllr Colin Barrett, said: "I am honoured and privileged to welcome Kaveh to The Mayor's Parlour and feel full of admiration for his outstanding achievement. One marathon would be more than enough for most people but Kaveh competed in both Paris and London and ran the 300 miles between the two cities! I am sure his family and all at the University of Bath are extremely proud of this exceptional young man."

Kaveh is now making plans to consecutively climb two of the world's highest mountains next year: Damavand in Iran and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He's also organising an auction to boost his fundraising which will include a signed t-shirt from Kylie Minogue and looking to work with local schools to put on a number of fun runs.

He graduated from the University's School of Management in July and is working at a language school in his hometown of Oxford before starting a career in accountancy later this year.

For more information and to support Kaveh's fundraising campaign please visit his website.

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