A Hadfield man is hoping to boost donations to Glossopdale Foodbank once again this festive period by lacing up his running shoes.
Guy Riddell is running around Manor Park in Glossop from 10pm on Friday (19 November) to 9.30am the following morning, which will include the usual parkrun. He reckons during that time he will cover between 50 and 60 miles.
Guy told us: "Your body is under tremendous stress when you’re running for that long. I am planning on taking bananas and flapjacks to eat to keep me going. If I stop to eat properly, I will begin to seize up.”
He is taking on the challenge with his friend Pete Wallroth, who runs local cancer charity Mummy’s Star. It’s the only charity in the UK with the aim of supporting pregnancy through cancer and beyond.
They both took part in a similar challenge last year.
The pair are hoping to see at least two vans full of donations for Glossopdale Foodbank.
Last year, they donated a car full of food.
Guy said: “In this day and age, nobody should go hungry. I’ve been working from home and I’ve seen the number of people going to the foodbank, so this is my way of giving something back.
"I run around 2,000 miles a year and this seemed the obvious thing to do. I hope the weather holds out for us. Last year it was very cold and windy which makes it tougher.”
Guy and Pete are being supported by Hadfield Nursery School, where pupils are encouraged to bring in food donations for the cause.
Guy said: "Other friends in the area are doing the same thing, so there will be around 20 of us running for our local foodbanks all over the area.”
A Glossopdale Foodbank spokesperson said: "Thank you so so much for this fundraiser and to everyone supporting it. We appreciate it so much. It will gives the shelves at the foodbank a tremendous boost, much needed at this time of year."
You can donate at locations which have donation boxes - including Tesco Glossop, M&S in Glossop, Hadfield Library and Glossop Leisure Centre - or drop items off at Guy’s home 48 Stanyforth Street, Hadfield, SK13 2DG.