Marathon man tackles Leeds hill climb challenge

Peter Wilkie in training at Roundhay Park.
Peter Wilkie in training at Roundhay Park.
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Marathon man Peter Wilkie is going the extra mile for his biggest ever fundraising challenge.

The 36-year-old from Leeds plans to run up and down Hill 60 – next to the cricket pitch at Roundhay Park – 471 times to raise money for charity.

Peter Wilkie in training at Roundhay Park.

Peter Wilkie in training at Roundhay Park.

The exhausting challenge will see him run 8,848m – the height of Mount Everest.

It could take 20 hours to complete and engineer Peter, from Bardsey, is asking other runners to join him for parts of it.

He said: “It will be one of the hardest physical and mental challenges I have ever done.

“I got into running three years ago and since then I’ve got addicted, but this year want to push myself and see what I can achieve, whilst raising some money for some very worthy causes that will make a difference to people.

“In the last few years cancer has touched the lives of a surprisingly large number of my family and friends.

“Suddenly the lives of those I love have been shaken.”

He added: “I’m encouraging as many people as possible to come along and join in – even if it’s only for a few reps.”

Roundhay Runners club member Peter has bought medals for everyone who takes part.

The dedicated fundraiser Peter has already tackled a range of challenges this year.

He has previously cycled 3,000km and completed a 110-mile ultra marathon.

It is hoped the latest event will help boost his current total of £3,700 for charities including Cancer Research UK, MacMillan and Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Peter will start his latest challenge at 4am at Roundhay Park on Monday, December 22.

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