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Longest Run For Fund-Raising Pools Fan

23 June 2014

Pools fan Paul Smith is recovering from an epic feat after running an astonishing 90 miles in aid of the Finlay Cooper Fund on Saturday.

The 50-year-old – who is amidst a run-streak which has seen him run every day since the start of 2007 – decided to embark on his greatest challenge yet during the longest day of the year.

Dressed as Superman, he set-off running laps at Durham’s Maiden Castle – where the Pools squad train during the season – at one minute past midnight on Saturday, targeting 100 miles (or 402 laps of the track!).

With short breaks for rest and massage throughout the day, Paul managed to keep on running until almost 1am on Sunday morning completing a staggering 90 miles in the process.

During the day various people joined the Pools fan for a lap or two – including another ultra runner Sharon Gaytor and Olympic long-jumper Chris Tomlinson.

“I was hallucinating by the end and, as I had got close family and friends watching, I knew enough was enough,” he commented afterwards.

“It would have been nice to reach 100 as it is an iconic number, but the aim was to do the longest run and I certainly that!”

His fund-raising total – which will be split between the Finlay Cooper Fund and the Retired Greyhound Trust – is currently moving toward the £1000 mark but there is still time to donate to the cause.


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