Run has a ring to it for char­ity Frodo

Macclesfield Express - - LIGHTNING SPECIAL - STU­ART GREER

AWACKY fundraiser called Frodo spent a month run­ning to Mor­dor in Ger­many dressed like the hero from Lord Of The Rings.

Dan May­ers, 31, took on the bonkers jour­ney in sup­port of East Cheshire Hos­pice and raised more than £700.

Like the fic­tional hero, Dan car­ried only a small amount of camp­ing equip­ment but there was no Sam­wise to keep him com­pany on his quest.

Dan, who is from Mac­cles­field, said: “For years now, peo­ple have jok­ingly re­ferred to me as a hob­bit.

“I’m not very tall and ap­par­ently there are other re­sem­blances as well.

“When I took up long dis­tance run­ning the tagline ‘run Frodo run’ started to fol­low me around like a joke. I wanted to use this as my hook for a long-dis­tance jour­ney, to dress as Frodo, get peo­ple talk­ing and raise money.”

The solo trek took him across the UK to Hol­land, Belgium and then Ger­many.

To con­tinue the Lord of the Rings theme, Dan vis­ited as many places as he could find with a con­nec­tion to the leg­endary story.

He found a house called Riven­dell, the imag­ined El­ven town, and a street called Is­sen­garde, sim­i­lar to the name of the fortress in Gon­dor, and even a road called Frodo.

He said: “For ev­ery bad, wet day there was an amaz­ing day. Peo­ple were so gen­er­ous let­ting me into their homes and feed­ing me. It was tough but I’m so glad I did it.

“There were low points where I got a shin in­jury and there were days when it never stopped rain­ing and I couldn’t get dry and so when I went to sleep it was in a damp tent and with damp clothes.”

“I’m thrilled with the num­ber of do­na­tions I re­ceived. Peo­ple who I had only just met were dig­ging deep and sup- port­ing my cause, which was great. I think when it comes to cancer, we are all on the same page. We want it gone.

“Re­search into preven­tion and cure is an ab­so­lute must, ob­vi­ously, but un­for­tu­nately, for so many peo­ple that don’t de­serve it, that ship has sailed al­ready; and that’s where the hos­pices come in.

“They do es­sen­tial work, and well worth a few pounds if you have them spare.”

Dan is used to ex­treme chal­lenges and pre­vi­ously fea­tured in the Ex­press when he ran from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Dan grew up in Mac­cles­field and went to Tyther­ing­ton School. He now lives in Bux­ton and works as a per­sonal trainer.

To add to his tally visit www.just­giv­ fundrais­ing/ hob­bitad­ven­ture.

●» Dan May­ers ran from Manch­ester to Mor­dor in Ger­many to raise cash for East Cheshire Hos­pice

●» John Fur­ness’s win­ning photo in the Age UK Cheshire East con­test

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