Batman Runs through Andover for Help for Heroes

Richard Kell set off from The Nags Head pub in Peckham attempting to run 300 miles to Lands End in a week and on Monday 8th September, ran through Overton, Whitchurch, Andover and through Abbotts Ann on his way to Salisbury.

This is the second leg of Richard’s 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 for the journey to Cornwall. 

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.

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.” 

You can follow Richard and his journey on his Twitter Page: @Midasmarathon

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