Dad’s five-day marathon task

Brian Cumpsty of Osborne Avenue, Cleveleys, in training for his challenge.
Brian Cumpsty of Osborne Avenue, Cleveleys, in training for his challenge.
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A dedicated dad is determined to push himself beyond the pain barrier to help his daughter make the trip of a lifetime.

Brave Brian Cumpsty, 47, is no stranger to marathons and has already completed an astonishing 74 in his life.

However, his latest efforts will surpass anything he has done before as he aims to go off road and complete five marathons on consecutive days.

The Hell of a Hill Marathon five-day challenge includes 40 laps over Rivington Pike, in the West Pennine Moors, with Mr Cumpsty climbing 30,000ft – the equivalent of Mount Everest.

The confident dad-of-two, who will tackle the marathons over rocky terrain and tough stone trails, said: “It’s going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve never done back-to-back marathons before.

“I’ve ran 94 miles in 24 hours on an athletics track, but this is totally different.

“As long as I don’t get an injury I’m pretty sure I’ll do it.

“If I pick up an injury on the second or third day it’s over.”

Mr Cumpsty’s daughter, Sarah, 14, a pupil at Montgomery High School, has to raise £4,000 to take part in the World Challenge Expedition and climb Mount Kilimanjaro with her classmates.

She has packed bags at supermarkets, held car boot sales and collected old clothes and cans to recycle as part of her fund-raising efforts.

Mr Cumpsty, a gardener, added: “Sarah is really grateful for what I’m doing.

“I’m sure the first two days won’t be the worst, it will be when I get to day four or five when it’s really going to be hard. I haven’t done any specific training but I’ve already done eight marathons this year so I’m generally quite fit.”

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