Land­lord morphs into marathon man

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

A PHE­NOM­E­NAL phys­i­cal feat – run­ning seven marathons in seven days – will al­most be a labour of love for a Mac­cles­field pub land­lord.

For 34-year-old John Gart­land has de­signed his epic route to take in a host of north west foot­ball clubs in­clud­ing Manch­ester United, Manch­ester City and his beloved team, Ever­ton.

His gru­elling feat to raise thou­sands of pounds for East Cheshire Hospice will be­gin at Mac­cles­field Foot­ball Club on April 25 and John will also run past the foot­ball grounds of Stock­port, Old­ham, Burn­ley, Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley, Black­burn, Pre­ston, Bolton, Wi­gan and Liverpool be­fore head­ing back to Mac­cles­field on Sun­day, May 1.

“I mapped out the route my­self as I love my foot­ball and hoped it might give me a bit of in­spi­ra­tion along the way,” said John, also known as Mor­phman as he will be run­ning in ei­ther a bright yel­low or bright blue Morph suit along the 183 mile route.

“I’ve run marathons be­fore, but I must ad­mit this is go­ing to be a real, per­sonal chal­lenge.”

Un­like high pro­file celebrity run­ners, John, who is the land­lord at the Old Mill­stone pub in Wa­ters Green, won’t have any large back-up team of phys­ios and medics but he will be sup­ported by Ja­son Cur­tis, a per­sonal trainer from 5S Fit­ness, who will be giv­ing him a pro­fes­sional sports mas­sage af­ter each marathon run.

And John hopes that other run­ners will keep him com­pany by join­ing him along parts of the route – all of which are dis­played on his spe­cial Face­book page www. face­ Mor­phmanJohn

John is par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to his last day when he hopes up to 300 lo­cal run­ners will join him for the last 5k of his route.

“I’m hop­ing that peo­ple will sign up to join me for the last few miles of the route along part of Mid­dle­wood Way, fin­ish­ing back in the pub car park on that Bank Hol­i­day week­end,” said John.

“I reckon by that time, I’ll re­ally need sup­port for the fi­nal push.”

John is no stranger to marathon run­ning af­ter com­plet­ing no less than 28 marathons in three weeks back in 2012.

He now hopes spon­sor­ship will help him raise thou­sands of pounds for both the East Cheshire Hospice and Echo Hos­pi­tal and Com­mu­nity Health­care, the char­ity run by East Cheshire NHS Trust.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the en­tire route and how to sign up for the fi­nal 5k leg of the run are on John’s Face­book site or on his web­site mor­phman.

●● Mor­phman, aka Mac­cles­field pub land­lord John Gart­land

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