A keen runner and professional glass artist has created a giant sculpture to raise money for charity while also encouraging people to push themselves to the limit.
Clive Sparkes, who runs Go Glass, in Cambridge, has created a two-metre high sculpture of a runner which he is auctioning for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families.
The sculpture depicts the runner crossing a finishing line with the slogan “Pushing the Limits”.
As well as wanting to create a striking piece to support CLIC Sargent, the theme was also inspired by Clive’s sister Tracy Saunders also a Director at Go Glass, who had her leg amputated after a cycling accident in 2011. She had been cycling to work in 2011 when she was crushed under the wheels of a lorry at a roundabout.
Tracy was later fitted with a prosthetic and with the support of Clive and the rest of her family has worked hard to get back on her bike and working again.
Clive, who is also a keen athlete and has completed triathlon and Ironman events, said: “My passion for glass etching along with ironman training and my sister’s struggle to deal with losing a leg led to my sculpture ‘Pushing the Limits’.
“It’s also a great chance to raise some money for CLIC Sargent, a charity which pushes itself to the limits in its support for children and young people with cancer.”
Clive first started competing in triathlons about five years ago and has since become an “Ultra Runner” taking part in Ironman triathlons (which involve a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run) and running 80 miles in a day this year.
He said: “I feel keeping the muscles guessing and ready for whatever you throw at them sets you up for triathlon. I also love encouraging others to improve. I know we all race alone but it’s important to train together whenever possible.”
This is the third time Clive has designed, created and auctioned a sculpture for CLIC Sargent after producing a glass Formula One car and racing bike in the past.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Karen Roberts said: “We are so impressed by Clive’s amazing sculpture. It is not only a great example of his detailed glass work but also has an inspiring message of encouragement about pushing to the limits.
“We’re so grateful for all Clive and Go Glass have done for CLIC Sargent. Funds raised from the auction will go towards the work the charity does for children and young people with cancer, and their families, including providing grants, nurses who visits homes and schools and social workers who provide vital support when lives have been turned upside down.”
Clive is hoping a company or running group will be interested in bidding for the sculpture to use the piece as inspiration.
To bid in the auction visit www.goglass.co.uk The auction ends on February 28 2016