Marathon man Darren marks birthday in style

Harrogate Harriers runner Darren West.
Harrogate Harriers runner Darren West.
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KEEN runner Darren West is going the extra mile to mark his birthday this year.

To celebrate his 52nd birthday, the Harrogate Harriers runner has set himself the challenge of completing 52 half marathons and raising £5,200 for Martin House Children’s Hospice in Wetherby.

Father-of-four Darren, who turns 52 in November, crossed the finish line at his 30th half marathon last weekend.

Despite suffering from sore toes, lost toenails, calf cramps, breathing difficulties, tendon tightness and dizziness, Darren is determined to complete his challenge, which has taken him up and down the country from the Isle of Skye to Brighton.

The graphic designer from Harrogate has raised an impressive £2,150 so far.

He said: “I spent 2013 running mixed races with the Harrogate Harriers and raised a small amount of funds for Martin House – about £350.

“I felt I could do a little better so I decided to challenge myself with the possibility of running 52 halfs, all in the UK, over 52 weeks and in my 52nd birthday year.”

Speaking about his motivation, Darren added: “I care a lot about the welfare of children especially those that are not so fortunate as us to have a full life.

“I hope my efforts go some way to provide greater care and services to these children.”

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DONATION: The cheque for �27,317 is handed over to Epilepsy Action.

Ex-Lord Mayor of Leeds’s £27,000 charity total