Buxton teacher to run the length of Britain barefoot for charity

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A local school teacher is preparing for the challenge of a lifetime—running the length of Britain without his shoes.

Aleks Kashefi, 37, who teaches science at Buxton Community School, is training hard for the summer holiday 1,206-mile off-road adventure from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Aleks is taking on the gruelling journey to raise funds for the Stroke Association, which supported both his mother and grandfather after they suffered strokes.

Although his mum has fully recovered, his grandfather had several strokes and sadly died in November 2013.

“I saw him change from a strong and confident man to a shadow of his self, physically and mentally,” said Aleks.

“I want to help the association continue the amazing work they do supporting stroke survivors and families,” he added.

Aleks is aiming to complete a minimum of 28 miles a day. He added: “As a teacher, I have given myself just six weeks to complete the challenge.

“The whole idea is to do this unsupported so I’ll be travelling with a tent, although some people have offered me their couch or spare bed,” he said.

Although the choice to run barefoot may seem brave, Aleks is well used to it—he recently became the first person to run the 61-mile Fellsman event without shoes.

Aleks explained the choice was not a scientific one: “I started running to improve my health and found my feet got all hot and bothered, so I ditched the shoes.”

The journey begins on Sunday July 26. To sponsor Aleks, visit http://bit.ly/1cgppiH.