Pals rise to ‘The Wall’ challenge

Paul Redman and Chris Mayor in training for their ultra-marathon to raise money for Pendleside Hospice and the MS Society.

Paul Redman and Chris Mayor in training for their ultra-marathon to raise money for Pendleside Hospice and the MS Society.

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TWO pals from Pendle took on and completed an extreme 70-mile running challenge for charity.

Chris Mayor (37) of Nelson, and Paul Redman (39) of Colne, pushed their bodies to the limit in their first “ultra-marathon” when they ran the full length of Hadrian’s Wall from Carlisle to Newcastle in under 48 hours.

Chris, who lives in Halifax Road, Nelson, completed it in around 17 hours while Paul, of Elm Street, Colne, took around 16 hours.

Chris said: “It was extremely tough – the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I would think Paul agrees.

“Driving up there the weather was terrible and we both wondered what we were letting ourselves in for, but, thankfully, it cleared up and we were quite lucky.”

The pair signed up to take on “The Wall” alongside almost 2,000 hardcore runners, completing two 35-mile runs on consecutive days.

Both men raised around £500 for their chosen charities. Chris ran to support the MS Society as his mother-in-law, Christine, suffers from the muscle-wasting condition. Paul raised money for Pendleside Hospice, which has helped friends and family.

The pair are now considering taking on the challenge again next year – but in one day.