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Fitness fanatic's 200 mile run for charity

PUBLISHED: 10:54 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:30 12 August 2010

A FITNESS manager is preparing to tackle a gruelling 200 mile run across the country from the Irish Sea to the North Sea to raise money for a cancer charity.

A FITNESS manager is preparing to tackle a gruelling 200 mile run across the country from the Irish Sea to the North Sea to raise money for a cancer charity.

Ed Shuttleworth, 30, from Locksbottom, plans to complete the challenge by running along the Coast to Coast footpath in as little as three days.

The fitness fanatic, who runs the Virgin Active gym in Streatham, was inspired to undertake the feat after his mother Kathy successfully battled breast cancer earlier this year.

He will be raising money for the charity Against Breast Cancer while running the equivalent of two marathons every day when he sets off on May 2.

Mr Shuttleworth said: "It is going to be really, really tough - a lot of the paths are not used much and there aren't a lot of signposts. I don't fancy running the wrong way for five miles.

"Running over hilly ground for more than 10 hours a day is going to be very hard."

With his father Peter in support, Mr Shuttleworth will climb a total of 1,500m as he follows the long distance path first set out by the fell walker Alfred Wainwright in 1973.

The route will take him across The Lake District, the Pennines and the North Yorkshire Moors, and past some of the most scenic landscapes in Britain.

He will set off from the town of St Bees, in Cumbria and hopes to finish the challenge in North Yorkshire at Robin Hood's Bay.

Mr Shuttleworth says that he's never run this sort of distance before, but decided to take action after his mother's personal fight against cancer.

He hopes he will raise as much as he can by the run for Against Breast Cancer, a charity which funds research into the prevention and early detection of the disease.

He added: "I would like to get at least £2,000 for the charity, which is more than I originally thought."

To sponsor Mr Shuttleworth, visit virginmoneygiving.com/EdShuttleworth.

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