Tideswell runner attempting seven marathons in a week for local charity

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A fell runner from Tideswell is out on the roads this week attempting a truly epic fundraising challenge in support of a life-saving Buxton service.

Ben Brindley, 33, is currently mid-way through a daunting week in which he will run seven marathons to raise vitalcash for Buxton Moutain Rescue.

Ben said: “They are an emergency service but rely solely on donations. I have always given to the charity as an insurance policy but now I want to do more.”

Previously, the most he has run in a week was 73 miles, but completing the 26.2 miles of a marathon every day will take his total up to more than 180.

He said: “I became a dad seven months ago and my running took a back seat, so it is going to be really hard to push myself to that kind of distance but it will be worth it.”

As a self-employed dad, Ben did not want his challenge to take him too far away from home, so he is sticking to routes around the Peak District.

He started out on Sunday, June 12, taking in Litton, Great Longstone, Calver, Eyam Moor trig point and Great Hucklowand back to Tideswell over a mix of road and trail, making an estimated ascent of more than 4,000feet to take in some breathtaking views.

At 3pm today, he will head out again from Tideswell and take in Litton Mill, Monsal Dale, Bakewell, Chatsworth, Baslow, Calver, Upper Padley before joining in with Grindleford fell race for 4.5 miles.

Tomorrow he will hit Cressbrook, Monsal Head, Bakewell, Chatsworth, Baslow, Great Longstone, Millers Dale and back to Tideswell for an ice cream.

His final step will be on Saturday, June 18, when he crosses the finish line of the Ladybower Marathon.

As well as the 180 mile distance, Ben will feel the burn of approximately 24,800ft in vertical elevation.

Ben is a member of Tideswell Running Club and will be shadowed by some of his running buddies.

He added: “I have timed it so there will be days when I am running when the club is on, and will do the last five miles with them which will be great.”

Ben has already raised more than £930, but he hopes Advertiser readers can help him go even higher. Visit www.justgiving.com/sevenin7.