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Amazing Claire Windsor becomes a “Tough Mudder” on 12th May 2012.

Intrepid Claire and three friends tackled the 12 miles and 25 extreme challenges on the Boughton Estate near Kettering in the first “Tough Mudder” event to be held in Britain. They battled through mud, ice, freezing water and electrified wires to be awarded the prized Tough Mudder orange headband. At the finish Claire quietly said that she had managed to push herself to achieve every one of the 25 challenges – we are in awe and so proud of you Claire – very many thanks for your fantastic contribution to Guy’s Charity.

Click the link for The Gallery to see some amazing photos. 




Andy Clark ran the Manchester Marathon on Sunday 29th April 2012.

Andy said:  “Among so many other things Guy was the chap who had the misfortune of sitting next to me in Biology for a while (it didn't take him long to move). Since his life was tragically cut short he has had so many of his wonderful friends raising money for the charity founded by him. So I thought it was about time I got off my behind and did something too. I don't do this very often.

Thank you all so much for your support and for £710 raised for Guy’s charity. The weather was less than kind but your donations and the acerbic wit of the locals supporting on the route helped me through to the finish.  Promises of  “its 25 degrees and dry round the corner” never quite came true. You can't trust those Mancs!”

Very many thanks for your great effort Andy.


13-14 October -National 3 Peaks Challenge – sponsor Paul Barnes, Ian Low and their friends as they climb the 3 NATIONAL PEAKS – Ben Nevis : Scarfell Pike : Snowdon – in just 24 hours!

Text PEAK10 to 70070 + £ your donation or sponosor the G- Team via


      04 August - G-BrewFest - Pool Bridge Farm, Crockey Hill, York.YO19 4SQ. 11 Guest Beers & 3 Guest Ciders. BrewFest with live bands including "Grinny Grandad.


  05 August - 4th. Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All York 10K - join the Why Guy? team  of runners, walkers and cheerers – we need you all ! - on this fabulously fun event in the beautiful City of York.


  26 May - Yorkshire Heart Vineyard & Brewery - Spring Extravagana raisesd funds in aid of "Guy Francis Bone Cancer Research Fund". 


 23 May - Square up in the City - London - James "Babs" Windsor raised funds in aid of "Guy Francis Bone Cancer Research Fund".


    12/13 May - 1st UK "Tough Mudder" - Boughton Estate, Kettering.

Claire Windsor raised funds for "Guy Francis Bone Cancer Research Fund".   ClcccccccCl        b Cla 


 29 April - Inaugural Peak District Walk For All Festival - 5 mile, 12 mile or 24 mile walks all starting from the attractive village of Hope in Derbyshire, organised by the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.



Guy’s father, Mike Francis, who is not normally know for enjoying outside activities,  took on a massive personal challenge when he signed up for the inaugural Jane Tomlinson Walk, choosing to do the 14 mile / half marathon route starting in Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. He was accompanied by Lucinda - Guy’s sister, as well as her husband Matt and for part of the route by Guy’s Mum Ros.

Unfortunately it rained just as the walk began with a steep uphill climb over rocky and muddy surfaces and although it was drier later Mike really struggled and was ready to give up at the lunch stop in Malham.  Remembering Guy’s determination, Mike managed to continue, scaled the 418 steps at Malham Tarn and was pleased to finally complete the distance in just under 7 hours.

It really was a personal achievement and Mike was most grateful to all who kindly sponsored him in  order that research can be continued so that others do not suffer the way Guy had with the horrors of bone cancer.

For each of four consecutive years, Guy Francis Bone Cancer Research Fund has been thrilled to have had a runner in the London Marathon, each making the incredible effort to run the 26.22 miles. They all achieved their own personal challenge whilst at the same time encouraging others to sponsor them in raising funds for research into the bone cancer against which Guy had battled so hard. The thousands of pounds raised by them all has been passed to the Bone Cancer Research Trust where its team of medical and scientific professionals evaluate, select and allocate funds for valuable research to be carried out.

Mel King - 2007.

Mel was the first of the four and described Guy as “an amazing individual” who inspired her to take on the challenge. Having struggling with injuries on the day she was finally was able to write “ I DID IT!  7:26:28 was the "official" time and I was a little disappointed but at least I finished … the heat was a big issue during the day and lots of water stations had run out when some of us got to them. Luckily my support team was on hand with water, fruit, ibuprofen, redbull…… Thanks to everyone who supported and donated the £3,450– you know who you are!!!"



Ceris Crow - 2008.

The following year Ceris, who had been at Teesside University with Guy, finished in just under 5 hours and said"It was overwhelming to finish it and to think that I had raised over £1,800 for the Bone Cancer Research Trust in memory of Guy. The sense of achievement is something that will last forever. It's one of the hardest things I've ever done, and while it was a great experience I think I will stick to running half marathons in future!".


Matt Pannett – 2009.

Matt, Guy’s brother-in-law, made the distance in 4.47.17 and was delighted that he had achieved his aim of under 5 hours. Matt wrote “Thank you so much to everyone that supported me through my training up to and including the race. Your support and generosity really helped me get to the finish line and I am touched and extremely appreciative.”   With Matt’s effort and everyone who sponsored him, £2,400 was raised and Matt continues to give wonderful support to the family and the charity started by Guy.




Gary King – 2010.

The fourth runner was Mel’s Dad, Gary.  As a keen and experienced runner Gary was looking forward to the event but unfortunately gained some injuries in training. It was touch and go whether he would be able to run but he carried on with great determination and succeeded. About £1,000 was raised and it was sometime before he was fully recovered. We are so grateful to Gary for his endurance.



Very many thanks to all four runners. We are delighted you achieved your aim of becoming a marathon runner and appreciate the fantastic determination and generosity you brought to it. We are also extremely grateful for the funds you raised for vital research into bone cancer.


Many thanks to the usual fantastic stalwart supporters of Guy Francis Bone Cancer Research Fund who turned out again to run and raise awareness and funds for bone cancer research.   They were joined by a group of eight runners from Driffield led by Nicola Hogg who had been Guy’s teacher of Business Studies in the sixth form at Fulford School, York in 1996, when Guy became ill with bone cancer. Nicola is a great organiser and had not only encouraged the girls to  train and run with her but also to hold a Black Tie Event to boost their sponsorship for the 10k Run which added the fantastic amount of over £6,000.

Driffield Team

Two new runs for children were introduced this year. Nicola’s son Charlie was keen to do the 1.5k Mini Run. He trained with his Mum and took a sponsor form round his school, proudly raising a fantastic £62.60.

All the runners again received special Guy Francis Bone Cancer Research Fund medals. Thank you to all the runners, the wonderful supporters and cheerers along the route and to everyone who contributed funds. We are also grateful to BBC Radio York for the live interviews and publicity during the day.


It was a wonderful day! The sun shone again and 101 runners raised awareness of bone cancer and funds for research as they enjoyed the picturesque route along the river side, past York Minster, down some of the historic cobbled streets and back to the racecourse. They were cheered on by fantastic groups of family and friends with BCRT banners and balloons and all were in good voice! On their return, our runners received special medals with the Why Guy? logo encircled by a rose as it was also Yorkshire Day.

Guy's Friends

Just over £5,000 was raised to be passed to the Bone Cancer Research Trust to fund much needed research into bone cancer. Very many thanks to everyone involved. Also to BBC Radio York which gave us much coverage during the morning, to the Nuffield Health Gym for prizes for our fastest man and fastest lady and to the donors of the medals and of the prize for the person who raised the most sponsor money.

Relaxing afterwards

Paul BarnesGuy’s best friend Paul Barnes was thrilled to meet football legend Sir Geoff Hurst who was one of the celebrity starters of the 10k Run. Sir Geoff scored the winning goal for England in the football World Cup final at Wembley in 1966.

York 10K Run

Family and friends of Guy Francis were thrilled when it was announced that there was to be a Jane Tomlinson 10k Run for All in York on August 2nd 2009. It was a great day with the sun shining as the beautiful route took almost 5,000 runners along the riverside, past the Minster and back to the racecourse. Our team of 25 were delighted to be cheered on by enthusiastic groups of supporters around the route with BCRT banners, balloons and very loud voices!   Well done to our runners who all achieved the distance within a wide variation of times! Very many thanks to everyone who joined in, in any way to remember Guy, to raise awareness of bone cancer and to raise funds towards research.