Why would anyone get up at 3.30am, cycle 50 miles, run a 34-mile ultramarathon and then cycle 50 more miles?
“You would be mad NOT to when it’s for a cause like the Alan Shearer Foundation!” says heroic fundraiser Keith Harbottle, who completed this feat when he took part in the Endurancelife Coastal Trail series run from Alnwick to Bamburgh this weekend.
While the rationality of taking on such an epic challenge may be in question, the indomitable determination of the former marine is certainly undeniable.
“I have to say this challenge was the hardest I’ve encountered so far. I had some real dark moments and needed to dig deep,” said Keith. “One thing that kept me going was thinking about some of the families I know who use the Alan Shearer Centre.”
For Northumbria Police Officer, Keith, this achievement was just the beginning of his 2014 schedule of fundraising exploits. He has more trials lined up for later this year under the banner of Action4Smiles in aid of the Foundation.
Last year Keith raised over £4,000 to help the Foundation’s parent body, St Cuthberts Care, to provide facilities and services for disabled people. He organised a series of fundraising stunts including two marathons and a fancy dress wheelbarrow push from his home in Ponteland to St.James’ Park, home of Newcastle United.
You can follow Keith’s heroic activities by reading his blog http://alanshearerfoundation.org.uk/blog/
While can support Keith’s heroic activities by visiting his BT MyDonate page at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/action4smiles1#.UhhdtdHGPqc.facebook
You don’t have to get involved in any fundraising event to help, you can still do your bit by donating to Alan’s Foundation HERE – every little (and large!) helps.