150 miles in five days...

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 June 2011

(click on image for larger view)  Alan Wilcox is about to set off on a 210-mile run from Bristol to Blackpool for the Wallace and Gromit Children's Hospital Charity.

(click on image for larger view) Alan Wilcox is about to set off on a 210-mile run from Bristol to Blackpool for the Wallace and Gromit Children's Hospital Charity.

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RUNNING a marathon for charity takes guts and determination – running multiple marathons on consecutive days takes dedication to a whole new level.

But that’s the challenge facing Weston trucker Alan Wilcox, who will lace up his trainers for an incredible 150-mile run from Bristol to Blackpool.

Alan, of Maunsell Road, will set off this week and aims to cover the distance in just five days to raise money for children’s hospitals at his start and finish locations.

He had initially planned to raise money for Weston schoolboy Michael McKenzie, who the Mercury has previously reported was fund-raising for life-changing surgery to give him hip and knee joints.

Michael has now reached his £80,000 fund-raising goal, thanks to a string of donations and the Mercury’s Make A 
Difference campaign, which saw him win a £38,000 grant from the Axentis Michael Memorial Trust.

Undeterred, Alan is going ahead with his incredible run, and instead plans to donate his sponsorship money to two hospitals who have helped Michael in the past.

Alan said: ““This is by far the biggest run I’ve ever done, but I’m really looking forward to it – it’ll be a challenge.”

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