There’s nothing so very remarkable about two friends tackling the Pennine Way for charity, you may think.
But instead of walking, Chris Mount and David Babister are attempting to run the 260-mile distance in 10 days – equating to a marathon a day.
Chris, aged 27, and David, aged 40, set off on their epic attempt today, Friday, from Edale, in the Peak District, aiming to complete it on Monday, September 14.
The weather forecast for their first day of 30 miles plus one mile of altitude climbed is wet with a headwind.
The route tracks along the spine of the north of England and the terrain is tough, with almost all of it being off-road and hilly.
The pair are running as a personal challenge, but also to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Katharine House Hospice.
They have already exceeded their £2,000 target and all the money raised will be split between the two charities.
Chris, who has lived in the Brackley area all his life and played with Buckingham Rugby Club for 14 years, has been involved in long-distance running for a long time, running in many marathons and completing a self-supported run from John O’ Groats to Land’s End two years ago.
Turweston-based father-of-one David, who runs an architectural practice in Bicester, is a keen long-distance racer and has competed in many ironman events, adventure races, marathons, long distance swimming races and multi-sport races.
The pair met through working together when David had an architect’s practice in Brackley, and remained friends over the years through a mutual love of sporting challenges.
They have been training for the trip for just over a year now. See http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/running10in10