Dio­cese of West York­shire & The Dales

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A church­goer is plan­ning to run the equiv­a­lent dis­tance be­tween York­shire and the Grand Canyon over the next five years.

Andy Wright, from St John the Bap­tist Church in Kirkheaton, is plan­ning to un­der­take the marathon chal­lenge to raise funds for the Kirkheaton Hos­pice.

He will run an av­er­age of over 80 miles each month over the whole 60-month pe­riod and hopes to raise a quar­ter of a mil­lion pounds.

His first event will be the York­shire Marathon in Oc­to­ber. That will net him 26.2 miles out of his planned 5,000.

He said: “I work full time, I’m 48 years old (I’ll be nearly 54 when this chal­lenge is over), and I have a wife and two teenage daugh­ters.

“Even though life is busy, I’m pledg­ing to run an av­er­age of 20 miles per week for the next five years to help raise vi­tal funds for my lo­cal Hos­pice.”

The Rev Richard Steel, Rec­tor of Kirkheaton, said: “What Andy is do­ing makes ‘Marathon ef­fort’ sound small scale!”

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