Harrogate man completes 260-mile marathon challenge

John Grundy
John Grundy

Harrogate hero John Grundy raised over £4,500 by running ten marathons in ten days.

John took on the 260 mile challenge in aid of Brathay Trust, a charity which helps disadvantaged children across the UK.

And his total will grow this week, as money raised at the Harrogate Dog Show, co-organised by John’s partner Kim Metcalfe, will be split between the charity and Dogs Trust.

John ran the marathons around Lake Windermere in May.

He followed the route of the official Windermere marathon times in the run up to the Brathay marathon.

He said: “Day nine was the hardest. I could feel the pain, especially in my Achilles.

“But on the tenth day, the day of the Brathay Marathon, I got a lift because everyone else was running the distance.”

Ian Barker of Brathay Trust said: “John’s effort was fantastic.

“The marathon raised a total of £3m, and it makes a big difference to a lot of people.”

John added: “I want to thank everyone for their support, it really gave me a lift.”

Mark Bushell from Brathay Trust said: “The Brathay runners are ordinary people doing extraordinary things and they’ve had to put their lives on hold, for a year, in order to prepare for this event.

“Their heroic efforts will help raise money for Brathay Trust so that we can inspire children and young people to engage positively in their communities.”