Fitness coach to run six marathons in six days in memory of tragic Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

A strength and conditioning fitness coach is running six marathons in six days in memory of much-loved Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

Ollie Russell, from Dorridge, has a target of raising £3,000 for the NSPCC after the tragic murder of the six-year-old boy who lived in Shirley.

The 23-year-old, who coaches at Unit C Crossfit, has already completed three marathons and is due to finish three more by Saturday.

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The first three runs – 26.2 miles each over about four hours – were carried out around Solihull, Dorridge, Lapworth, Knowle and Bentley Heath.

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes died from a head injury after he was found unresponsive at a house in Cranmore Road, Shirley, Solihull
Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

A foot injury meant Ollie’s next two marathons will be completed on rowing machines. However, he is hoping his last marathon will be on foot again on Saturday, January 8.

Ollie and four pals – Jon Fenlon, James Tonry, Charlie Hammerton and Ryan Moore – took part in a 21 crossfit benchmark workout challenge over 12 hours just before Christmas.

The event was also in memory of Arthur with funds raised to be donated to the NSPCC.

“When all the news came out what we didn’t realise was that little Arthur just lived just around the coroner from the gym, so it hit home to us and we wanted to do something for charity,” Ollie told BirminghamLive.

“It’s absolutely terrible what happened, so we wanted to do something to raise awareness for the NSPCC.

“Originally me and four other lads did a 21 workout challenge for 12 hours. It was a great day and loads of people came down and put money in the pot.

“We got some NSPCC t-shirts but didn’t get the chance to wear them, so thought we could use it on another challenge. So I thought as Arthur was six (when he died), I’d do six marathons in six days in his memory.”

Emma Tustin, 32, was convicted of Arthur’s murder after she inflicted the fatal attack at her home in Cranmore Road.

She was also found guilty of multiple counts of cruelty – including salt poisoning – and was jailed for life with a minimum term of 29 years.

Arthur’s father Thomas Hughes, 29, was jailed for 21 years after his conviction for manslaughter. The jail sentences handed to the pair have been referred to the Court of Appeal for being too lenient.

  • If you would like to join Ollie on his last run, please meet outside the Drum & Monkey pub, on Four Ashes Road, at midday, this Saturday.
  • To donate to the NSPCC, please visit Ollie’s JustGiving page, in memory of Arthur, by clicking here.

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