A MAN from Ellesmere Port has risen to the challenge in an off-road event.
More than 250 individuals scaled the Clwydian Range for The Excalibur Marathon, all in the name of charity.
Runners from as far afield as the Netherlands ran or walked 26 miles along sections of Offa’s Dyke National Trail, over Iron Age Hillforts and ascended to 4,600ft to raise money for Claire House Children’s Hospice, which provides respite for seriously ill children.
The most experienced competitors took just over five hours to complete the challenge, with winner Rob Grantham, from Ellesmere Port, running club, completing the course in three hours, 30 minutes and 53 seconds.
Supported by the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and Forestry Commission, the Excalibur Marathon takes in some of North Wales’s most breathtaking scenery through green forestry and past the Jubilee Tower.
David Shiel, senior countryside officer for the AONB, said: “It’s great that the event has appealed to both runners and walkers; competitors have gone at their own pace, but their achievements are amazing!”