Going in the extra mile

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A FORMER soldier from St Helens is limbering up to take on a gruelling solo ultra-marathon for charity.

Rob Kennedy is set to take on the 131-mile multi-terrain Anglesey coastal path on August 4, and hopes to complete the non-stop feat within 28 hours.

The challenge, which involves a full anti-clockwise, non-stop run, including a 4,174m ascent, will start and finish at St Cybi’s Church, Holyhead.

He must stick strictly to time too, otherwise parts of the route will become submerged by the tide!

All sponsorship money will be donated to the Manchester-based charity RECLAIM, which organises community projects for young people living in deprived areas.

Rob said: “I was instantly struck by the level of energy and infectious attitude of the RECLAIM team and young people. There are many worthwhile charities, but raising money for RECLAIM makes you feel like you’ve made a massive difference.

“Their commitment to mentoring young people to take control of their lives is both refreshing and inspiring.”

Rob, who has been running all the way from St Helens to his workplace in Manchester as part of his training, added: “I developed an interest in outdoor pursuits and long-distance running when serving as a soldier in the British Army.

“After nine years’ service, I took up two-day mountain marathons and ultra-distance runs to fill my time and substitute the interests I had in the army.”

Ruth Paterson, RECLAIM’s development manager, said: “Our mission is to improve the aspirations, employment prospects and life chances of young people from disadvantaged areas. We rely on the support of individuals and the business community to support us through mentoring and fundraising and we were thrilled to hear that Rob wanted to do something so extreme for the charity.

“Some of the young people involved in the charity were so impressed with the mammoth challenge Rob agreed to take on, that they have requested to join him for parts of the run to keep his spirits high on what will be a lonely 28 hours.”

To add your support to Rob, go online at: www.justgiving.com/Rob-Kennedy-Anglesey

All donations of £500 and under will be matched by his employer, Cundall.