An extreme marathon runner from Ripon is aiming to run 400km to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.
Andy Wray began training for his ultra runs in 2011 after a career as a professional rugby league player and completed his first 100km challenge in 2012.
After getting attuned to 10k races, the physiotherapist decided to keep increasing the mileage and is now preparing for four gruelling 100km challenges for charity.
He said: “There’s so many people doing races for charity and I felt like I needed to do something extra to get people’s attention to fundraise.
“I put my successes at these races down to my ‘never say die’ attitude that was schooled into me from being a six-year-old amateur rugby league junior and carried in me to my professional carrier.
“I get great delight in setting hard challenges and seeing them through, body willing, and having a good old giggle along the way.”
Andy completed the first of his four challenges on May 24 when he ran the London to Brighton 100km in 15 hours and 25 minutes.
However, these challenges are not the first time Andy has ran for charity after competing in the 47th Keswick to Barrow 40-mile run for Team AVA Physiotherapy.
In horrendously wet conditions, the team managed to raise more than £1,000 for a disabled child named Ellie and Andy is now determined to help Macmillan in the same way.
He said: “My wife is a cancer nurse so we know what a caring charity they are and how they touch so many people’s lives. My partner Karen also wanted the money to go to them.
“Mentally it is quite draining but we keep each other going. Half-way through the race we have a little bite of a bite to eat, give your legs a bit of a rest before you have to start running again. By the end of the race though it does become a bit of a hobble but I enjoy the challenge. The more gruelling it is the more I can put into it.”
Andy will run the next of his 100km races on June 28 in the Grand Union Challenge, before taking on the Isle of Wight challenge in August and the Thames Path challenge in September.
Although Andy admits to finding the half-way stage of the challenge particularly testing, his love of the sights keeps him going until the end.
He said: “It’s brilliant how many sights you can take in. On 10k runs you set off and do your bit but you don’t really run long enough to see anything, it’s over too quickly.”
All proceeds from Andy’s 100k races will go to Macmillan Cancer Care. To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/Wraymondo