Barnoldswick teacher helps Pendleside Hospice on coast-to-coast trek

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A FORMER technology teacher from Barnoldswick who ran the equivalent of eight marathons in as many days is calling on the help of West Craven residents.

Andy Shackleton celebrated his 65th birthday on the trail of the Wainwright Coast-to-Coast route and is now collecting money for his efforts for Pendleside Hospice.

He explained: “I have tried to do a big run every year on my birthday but wanted to do something special for my 65th. I didn’t know if I could actually do the coast-to-coast and I didn’t tell many people about it so I wouldn’t end up with egg on my face.

“As I was doing the run I thought about how lucky I was to be as fit as a flea and wanted to give something back. We have a friend and neighbour of 20 years who is receiving support from Pendleside at the moment. She has been so full of praise for the hospice and it seemed like the perfect fund-raising opportunity.”

Andy started running at the age of 50 to get over an infection that had kept him off work for weeks. Finding he could run long distances with relative ease, Andy has taken part in many tough marathons including the Snowdonia, Windermere and Yorkshire off-road runs.

He even runs his own marathons around the area, sometimes making a 30-mile circuit to Todmorden, where he grew up, and back.

The well-trodden trail from St Bees on the west coast of Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in the east takes walkers an average of two weeks to complete but Andy ran distances ranging from 16 to 30 miles each day, often in rough weather conditions.

“ I don’t go very fast”, he said, “but I can just keep going because I get into the rhythm. I firmly believe in mind over matter and that you can achieve almost anything you want.

“If anybody feels like they would liked to have been there but is content for me to have done the running then please help support what I have done. It could be anyone you know who needs the hospice next week, even you.”

To support Andy’s fund-raising efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/shackleton-andy

Donations can also be made direct to the hospice by calling 440120.