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Albion Farm Shop Q Guild butcher runs 100 miles in 22 hours

  • Albion Farm Shop Q Guild butcher runs 100 miles in 22 hours
Gavin Pittman only stopped for half an hour during his mammoth effort

Gavin completed a super-human charity fundraiser which saw him run 100 miles in just over 22 hours.

Astonishingly, Gavin Pittman`s longest rest period was just half-an-hour during the ultra-marathon, organised by himself and Marsden Racers - a running and cycling club based on Carrs Road.

The 35-year-old, from Cowlersley, has so far raised over £1,800 for the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team and is expecting a "sizeable" donation from a local company in the coming days.

Gavin set off from Standedge Tunnel, Marsden, at 5am on Sunday morning and trailed up and down the canal between Tunnel End and New College.

He completed the gruelling challenge at just after 3am this morning (Monday).

Speaking to YorkshireLive, Gavin said: "My goal was always to run a 100 mile race one day so I just thought, `I`ll do it`.

"It created a buzz at the canal - people came down and everyone was able to be a part of it."

Gavin, who works as a butcher at Albion Farm Shop in Saddleworth, took short 15 minute breaks throughout the day to refill on food and water.

His longest stoppage of 30 minutes was enforced as he required treatment from a sports therapist on his increasingly sore legs.

And in true community spirit, the long-distance runner was kept company by several other members of the Marsden Racers team at different points in the challenge.

He said their support was vital in helping him to go the distance.

"If I`d have to run it by myself it would have been horrific. Each lap I had two, maybe three other runners from my club supporting me and keeping my mind off what we were doing," he added.

Unsurprisingly, the run took a gruelling toll on Gavin`s body, but he was determined to complete the goal he had set for himself.

He said: "The worst part about this was the relentless backwards and forwards. The mental side of it was horrible.

"At about 88 miles in I hit a massive brick wall. My feet were blistered, my legs didn`t want to go, and I`d chafed the skin off my arms.

"From that point there was a lot more walking than there was running but I just kept going forward.

"I had to hit the target, I would have crawled the rest of the way if I had to!"

To donate to Gavin`s JustGiving page, click here.



www: Courtesy of West Yorkshire News Examiner Live

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