An Otley postman has headed west to Ireland for Easter to take part in a 52-mile off-road ultra in aid of Cancer Research UK. Liam Dunne will take part in the Slieve Bloom Way Challenge today (Friday, April 6), which will see him pounding the hill tracks above his home village of Clonaslee, in County Laois.
During the event, Liam will travel the distance of two marathons and climb around 4,000 ft. Six support members will assist the Otley AC member, one for each of the six hill peaks he will visit.
Liam told northernrunningguide.com: "The Slieve Blooms Mountains are, for me, a runner's paradise and probably one of my favourite places to run. As well as some challenging terrain they also offer tranquil and charming scenery with extensive views."
Even though the trail usually takes four days to complete, the Otley AC runner is hoping for a far quicker time: "I hope to complete the event by running non-stop for 10 hours. When I went seeking a greater challenge than the usual marathon, I couldn't think beyond the Slieve Bloom Way."
Liam Dunne is fundraising for Cancer Research UK. If you would like to donate, you can visit his justgiving page.