Ultra marathon man Chris Gatrell from Ellesmere Port is almost at the end of his year of endurance.
Chris, who set himself the challenge of completing 14 feats in just seven months, already has 11 under his belt and is now in training for the Equinox 24-hour race this weekend (September 19/20) followed by the Chester Marathon on Sunday, October 4 – which he has now decided to run with a 35lb backpack on!
Chris said everything is going well so far “apart from a torn muscle in my shoulder – but the show must go on.”
He has so far raised £2,228 for Cystic Fibrosis, a charity close to his heart after Theadora Brace, the daughter of his good friends Paul and Melissa, of Penyffordd, Flintshire, was born with a bowel problem which had to be operated on immediately, all before losing her twin sister Poppy.
Paul said: “I am totally humbled by what Chris does, not only for the cause but the training that he puts in, the effort on the day itself.
“He finishes one big hurdle and then has another gigantic one in front of him, all for Cystic Fibrosis and our little Theodora. How can anyone not be humbled by that?”
Theodora’s mum Melissa added: “Words cannot describe how indebted we are to Chris, not only to help our daughter but other Cystic Fibrosis fighters too and make our dream of a cure that little step closer.”
IT project manager Chris’s last challenge will be the ‘World’s Toughest Mudder’ in Vegas in November, which he also completed last year.
Of last year’s race, Chris said: “The start literally made the hairs on my arm stand on end.”
If you would like to support Chris, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com .