Letchworth Batman completes London to Land’s End Only Fools and Horses challenge

Richard Kell at Lands End.

Richard Kell at Lands End. - Credit: Archant

A Letchworth man who ran from London to Land’s End dressed as Batman has described the week-long challenge as his toughest to date.

Richard Kell has completed an Only Fools and Horses inspired 314-mile run, which started at the Nags Head pub in Peckham and finished in Cornwall – all while pushing a Robin doll in a three-wheeled buggy.

The superhuman effort earlier this month – in aid of military charity Help for Heroes – follows a 300-mile ‘soapathon’ challenge which involved running to the sets of EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks last year, as well as a Gavin and Stacey-themed 200-mile run from Billericay to Barry Island in 2011, all for the same cause.

Richard said: “I’ve covered thousands of miles since I took up running five years ago, but running in a Batman costume while pushing a Robin Reliant themed buggy across some of England’s hillier terrain was the absolute toughest.

“I suffered in the heat of our Indian summer – and running nearly two marathons a day really takes it out of you! My fantastic nutritional sponsors 9Bar kept me going till the end and eating 7,000 calories each day was certainly a perk.

“I got a fantastic reception on reaching Land’s End and collected plenty of money on the way. Now it’s time for a well-earned Cornish pint and pasty!

“Help for Heroes provides invaluable support for the brave lads and lasses who continue to do such a fantastic job. They have helped thousands of wounded servicemen and women to adjust and rebuild their lives.

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“The war in Afghanistan may be nearly over but for those who have suffered life-changing injuries, their battles are just beginning. We must not let them fight these battles alone. Many may need our support for half a century or more. Help for Heroes exists to provide that lifelong assistance.”

Richard, who has raised almost £30,000 for the charity over the past five years, completed the Paris Marathon as Batman in April and will finish this year’s effort by taking on the New York Marathon on November 2.

To support the cause visit www.justgiving.com/MidasMarathon.