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Dave's 175 Mile Run

A single marathon is more than enough for most people but Dave Bailey from Helmdon plans to run six in as many days.

The 30-year-old who lives in Station Road will take part in the Marathon in Nottingham starting on Sunday September 7th.

His efforts will raise cash for Cancer Research UK and he has specifically requested it is spent on breast cancer research.

"We all know at least one person who has suffered from cancer", he said. "Unfortunately I know a few more."

Dave's partner's mum had breast cancer as did his great aunt. For this reason he pledged to fight the disease through fundraising.

He surfed the net looking for an extreme event to take part in as he wanted to challenge himself. 

He added: "If all goes to plan the beginning of September will see me on the start line at Malvern, with a mere 175 of cross country running ahead, carrying all my food and my sleeping bag.

"Albeit an ordinary 30-something I have found the journey so far, in preparing for this event, exhilarating and very fulfilling.

"Like all journeys of this nature there are high points, low points and consequences.

"The real skill in managing such a task is to maintain balance to your life, something that I am aware I need to work harder on.

"My target is to reach £3,000, a challenge that I find harder than running 175 miles."

Dave works for Heygates in Northampton and the company has agreed to sponsor his efforts and provide bread for all the runners.

Fine Lady Bakeries in Banbury and Jordans Cereals have also added their support for the event.

Visit www.justgiving.com/mob07 to support Dave or www.ambitionlife.com for more details about the Marathon of Britain.

The Brackley Post - 13th July 2007
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