On Sunday 7th September Richard Kell from Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire will set off from The Nags Head pub in Peckham (it really exists) attempting to run 300 miles to Lands End in a week – about the same time it would have taken Del & Rodney in their clapped out 3-wheeler! This is the second leg of his special Only Fools & Heroes challenge – raising money for the armed forces charity Help for Heroes. Taking inspiration from TV favourite Del Boy Trotter, Richard will don his own Batman costume, pushing Robin in a 3-wheeled buggy (customised to look like the infamous Robin Reliant) for the journey to Cornwall. Whilst Del Boy had aspirations to trade internationally in Paris & New York he never quite managed to get out of Peckham. Richard however has already completed the Paris Marathon in April (in full Batman kit), and will take on the Big Apple’s own gruelling marathon challenge in November.
Richard is continuing the TV theme having previously completed a 200 mile Gavin & Stacey run from Billericay to Barry Island in 2011, and last year a 300 mile Soapathon – covering the ground between the sets of EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, and Hollyoaks.
Richard is raising money for the forces’ charity Help for Heroes having raised nearly £30,000 over the past 5 years. As well as the TV inspired runs, he has completed more than 80 marathons and ultra-marathons, a parachute jump and a couple of abseils for the charity.
Ahead of the run Richard said:”I’ve covered thousands of miles since I took up running 5 years ago. But running in a Batman costume while pushing a Robin Reliant themed buggy across some of England’s hillier terrain is going to be a real challenge. I’ll be running the best part of 2 marathons a day for a week. I’ve got a fantastic nutritional sponsor in 9Bar which will fuel me with the 7,000 or so calories I need to eat each day, but I will be tested to the limit. The motivation to keep me going is the amazing men and women of our armed forces who sacrifice so much”.
Help for Heroes provides invaluable support for the brave lads and lasses who continue to do such a fantastic job. They have helped thousands of wounded servicemen and women to adjust and rebuild their lives. The war in Afghanistan may be nearly over, but for those who have suffered life-changing injuries, their battles are just beginning. We must not let them fight these battles alone. Many may need our support for half a century or more. Help for Heroes exists to provide that lifelong assistance.”
Richard will be running through Overton, Whitchurch, Andover and through to Salisbury on Monday 8th September 2014.
You can donate to Richard’s run and Help for Heroes on his Just Giving Page – www.justgiving.com/midasmarathon