Plucky dad clocks up 3,600km for Autis­tic So­ci­ety

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ADAD-OF-TWO ran an av­er­age of 10k a day for 12 months to raise thou­sands of pounds for the Na­tional Autis­tic So­ci­ety.

Si Hall, 33, ran 3,650km - the equiv­a­lent dis­tance from Rochdale to Beirut dur­ing 2018 for the char­ity, which aims to im­prove the lives of peo­ple with autism in schools, work and the com­mu­nity.

Si does much of his run­ning around Rochdale and Whit­worth, as he and wife Becky used to live there – on Mar­ket Street.

He has two sons, Dyl­lan, 12, and Isaac, nine, and when his youngest was di­ag­nosed with autism in Novem­ber 2017, he de­cided to do some­thing to make a dif­fer­ence to oth­ers with the con­di­tion.

“I’d never heard of any­one do­ing any­thing like this be­fore,” he said.

“I don’t know where the idea for the dis­tance came from, but I thought ‘I can man­age that’. It was mas­sively harder than I than I thought it would be.”

Si, who cur­rently main­tains bridges for the county coun­cil but is due to start a new ca­reer as a fire­fighter in Septem­ber, smashed his tar­get of £6,000, rais­ing around £8,000 in to­tal by the time he com­pleted his fi­nal run on New Year’s Eve.

He said: “Ini­tially I set a tar­get of just £1,500, then when I saw how well it was go­ing I put it up to £6,000, but in the end I’ve raised about £8,000 with do­na­tions still com­ing in.”

Some of Si’s most mem­o­rable runs in­cluded two days along Hadrian’s Wall, 90 kilo­me­tres from Liver­pool to Black­burn in one day, and 64 kilo­me­tres in laps around Cowm Reser­voir in the freez­ing rain.

Si, who now lives in Bacup, fin­ished his year of run­ning with a 10k route on New Year’s Eve, from Whit­worth around Water­grove Reser­voir, fin­ish­ing at the Red Lion Inn – for a well-earned drink.

He added: “I have a group of friends who I’ve re­ally bonded with over this year of run­ning, and they made sure I never did a run alone. I still had 500 kilo­me­tres left to do at the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber and I said ‘I don’t think I can do it’.

“I in­jured my an­kle as well and that re­ally set me back, but they said ‘you’re not giv­ing up now’. The sup­port from ev­ery­one has been un­be­liev­able, I can’t thank peo­ple enough.

“I will be hav­ing a rest for a lit­tle while, but it may only be a cou­ple of weeks or so. I will be stay­ing ac­tive, and look­ing for­ward to ac­tu­ally en­joy­ing a run.”

To donate, text STKR66 £ and the amount to 70070 or visit www.just­giv­ing. com/fundrais­ing/si-hal­l10k.

●●Si with sup­port­ers at the Red Lion in Whit­worth

●●Si Hall (front) with run­ning friend Craig Venske, Michelle Grif­fiths, David Tully and Ben Leech, at Holling­worth Lake

●●The Rochdale Giv­ing Back Christ­mas Toy Ap­peal has been hailed a ‘re­sound­ing suc­cess’

●●Si Hall, who ran the dis­tance from Rochdale to Beirut in 2018, with run­ning friends on Hadrian’s Wall

●●Si with son Isaac

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