The men's captain of Ellesmere Port Running Club is certainly someone who practices what he preaches – and all for a good cause.
Dave Bennett, from Great Sutton, has run an average of 37 miles per week and clocked up a staggering total of 1,607 miles this year through a combination of races and continuing to compete club leagues.
All in 2015, he has completed the Liverpool, Chester, Southport, Fleetwood and Conwy Half Marathons, the Manchester Marathon, the Sport in the Port 10k, the Liverpool Rock and Roll Half Marathon, the Great North Run and the Dublin Marathon, raising more than £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Society.
A 'great' cause
Dave, who provides IT services as a contractor by day, said he was inspired to fundraise for the ‘great’ charity as his grandmother and great-grandmother have experienced the disease.
The 38-year-old only took up running again last year, after ‘five years of doing relatively little’, he said.
He built up his stamina over 2014 and began this year two and a half stone lighter and much fitter.
Battling injuries in some of the races, Dave said he would not have completed them had he not been running for charity and ‘very much’ enjoyed the challenges.
“When I booked them all in last year, I wanted it to be challenging, but not have too many so it wouldn’t allow me to race as well as I could,” he said.
“I set myself up for my first and second marathon on either side of the year and then planned a run every month around them – mainly half marathons.”
He is delighted to have beaten his £2,000 fundraising target and has secured a place in next year’s London Marathon as a ‘good for age’ entry but is hoping he can use it as another opportunity to help Alzheimer’s Society.
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