Run has a ring to it for charity Frodo
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.justgiving.com/ fundraising/ hobbitadventure.
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