A South Wootton teacher will be tackling two ultra marathons later this year to raise money for a children’s hospital.
Luke Greer, 34, has only been running seriously for a year but is taking on the challenge of completing two 100km runs this summer and autumn to raise money for London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Mr Greer will be taking on the London to Brighton run in May and will be following it up in September with the Thames Path Challenge.
He raised nearly £9,000 for the hospital last year by completing the London to Brighton run but was inspired to take on two challenges after visiting Great Ormond Street and seeing its work.
Mr Greer, who works at Reepham High School and College, said: “I decided to go a step further and thought I would do two events this year.
“I have not set a fundraising target this year but I would love to get close to £9,000.
“If I could get close to £5,000 that would be fantastic as the money will help so many children and their parents.
“For £100 parents will be to stay with their child for 10 nights. That is going to be a big factor in keeping me going during the runs.”
Mr Greer is hoping to beat his previous time of 14hrs and 15 minutes to complete the London to Brighton run.
He began training in November and has runs between 40 and 60 miles a week in preparation for the challenge on May 24.
Mr Greer said: “There will be points, once you get past 50km, when the course gets hilly. You go through the South Downs and that is 3km to get up.
“The hardest bit is once you get to 80k with the final 20km to go and that sounds a lot and becomes a big thing. But it’s having the mental strength to do it.”
Mr Greer will not have long to relax after completing this challenge as he is signed up to complete the 100km between Putney Bridge and Henley.
He said: “I am really looking forward to this one as it follows the Thames Path which will be very different from the London to Brighton challenge.”
If you would like to support Mr Greer in his ultra marathons go to www.justgiving.com/luke-greer
Or you can donate via texting the message “LRGR79” and the amount you want to donate to 70070.