A high jumper will be keeping his feet firmly on the ground when he runs between two Norfolk towns to raise money for a friend who was injured in a car accident.
Luke Foster, 26, will be running between Fakenham and Dereham later this week to raise money for the family of Danny Norman, who is currently in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Mr Norman, 21, from Sporle, was injured after a silver Honda Civic left the B1108 at Bodney, near Watton, and crashed into a tree on February 6.
Mr Foster has been friends with Mr Norman for about a year and wants to do something to help Mr Norman’s family.
He will be setting off from Fakenham on Thursday afternoon and is appealing for sponsorship.
Mr Foster, of St Edmundsbury Road, North Lynn, said: “I would like to raise as much money as possible to help the family with the travel costs.
“His parents are taking it in turns to travel down there.
“Danny grew up in Swaffham and has lots of friends in Fakenham and Dereham.
“He is one of those people who is down to earth and would do anything to help a friend. It would be nice to give something back.
“I would ask people to please help us. If it was your friend you would want to help.”
The route Mr Foster will take follows the B1146, which runs for more than 12 miles between Fakenham and Dereham.
Mr Foster, a member of the West Norfolk Athletic Club, normally competes as a high jumper and admits he isn’t used to long distance running.
He said: “My longest run has been 5km so this is a big jump. You do a lot of sprinting to train for the high jump while this is about endurance and pushing yourself.”
He hopes to set off from Fakenham between noon and 1pm on Thursday.
Mr Foster, who trains twice a week with the athletics club, said he was determined to finish, adding: “I am going to keep going and keep pushing myself.”
Mr Norman suffered facial injuries as a result of the crash.
Police are renewing their appealing for witnesses to the accident, which happened close to the junction with the A1065 at around 4.45am on February 6, to come forward.
If you would like to support Mr Foster, phone 07526 286246.