Bury Black Pudding Company Director, Richard Morris is set to undertake a charity ultra-challenge next week, which will see him complete a 260 mile endeavour to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The challenge which has taken place over three stages and four countries will enter its final stage in the early hours of Wednesday morning in Italy, hopefully concluding the following day in France.
Stage one was a gruelling 120 miles from Chamonix to Zermatt along the infamous 'Haute Route' on skis in 5 days. Stage two was a 66 mile run from Ambleside through the Lakes & back to Ambleside in under 20 hours. This final stage will see Richard tackle a 74mile Ultra Run from Courmayeur in Italy around (& over parts) of Mont Blanc to Chamonix in France including climbing over 7,200m, all of which must be completed in just 33 hours!
Richard was inspired to complete the challenge after seeing two members of his family suffering from Cancer and will be raising funds for Cancer Research UK. Richard said: "I have chosen to do this for Cancer Research UK because right now 2 of my family are fighting this disease - compared to Cancer this is a 'walk in the park'."
Richard is hoping to raise a modest £3,000 for the charity; anyone wishing to support him can do so at his Just Giving page at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Richard-Morris7200m-vertical
Richard is no stranger to this sort of challenge, being a seasoned ultra-runner and having thousands of miles under his belt from previous events – however even he admits that this is his toughest challenge to date. Training is a constant way of life, running marathons as practice sessions and maintaining a super healthy lifestyle and diet. So given his day job there was one obvious question… "Yes, plenty of Bury Black Puddings are definitely on the menu when it comes to keeping me in top form, they are packed full of iron, protein and nutrients and ours our particularly low in fat. Training and diet are so important in this sort of physical and mental challenge."
During the event family, friends and supporters will be able to follow Richard's progress along the route on a web-based tracker (visit http://utmb.livetrail.net/
and type in 6518 and click on the search symbol next to 'welcome') and he is even promising to share footage of the challenge when internet connections permit, he said: "The Wi-Fi isn't great on top of Mont Blanc but I will do my best to share the experience with all my supporters whenever I can connect. You will never believe how much the support I am receiving (no matter how little) is driving me to complete this."
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