A marathon effort in the bank by Letchworth’s Richard

A BANK worker turned marathon man is finally resting up for Christmas after registering a gruelling 736 miles-worth of running this year.

Richard Kell, of Woolston Avenue, Letchworth GC, finished his 26th marathon in the last 12 months on Sunday and even had to overcome a last minute postponement to complete his 2010 challenge while raising money for armed forces charity Help for Heroes.

The 39-year-old, who ended up running his last 26.2 miles in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, after the Luton event he intended to do was called off, had never attempted a marathon until October last year but has made up for lost time by completing some gruelling challenges throughout the calendar year.

Richard started in January with a 45 mile ‘ultra marathon’, followed by four consecutive marathons in 24 hours.

He has continued to rack up the miles ever since, including a 38 mile course which took in five of London’s most famous sporting venues, a 30 mile commando challenge across Dartmoor carrying 40lbs of kit, and a marathon in Stevenage.

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Richard’s efforts, which also comprise of a skydive and an abseil down one of London’s tallest buildings, have so far helped raise more than �15,000 for Help For Heroes, which supports service personnel wounded in current conflicts.

Speaking after the feat, Richard said: “Luton was called off on Friday so I was desperately trying to find somewhere to do my last marathon. There were only 34 runners so it was a little bit different to how Luton would’ve been but I finished 11th and was pleased with that.

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“I’m certainly no athlete and had never done any running up until last year. It shows what anyone can achieve with a little determination.

“With more than 100 UK service personnel killed in action this year, and many many more suffering life changing injuries, any sacrifice I have made is put properly into context.

“But I am just glad I can do something, however modest, to support our heroes out in Afghanistan. And it doesn’t stop here – I have some big plans for 2011…!”

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/MidasMarathon

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