Gruelling charity run raises cash for for CancerCare

Dave sets off on the run.
Dave sets off on the run.
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Ultra runner Dave Moretta took on a gruelling 42 mile challenge on Saturday for local cancer support charity CancerCare.

Dave ran non-stop from CancerCare’s Lancaster Centre at Slynedales to the charity’s Lakes Centre in Kendal, in a route taking in Morecambe, Carnforth, Silverdale, Arnside, Milnthorpe, Kirkby Lonsdale and Natland on the way, all areas that CancerCare serves.

A former British soldier, Dave, 26, served for more than six years with the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment where he began undertaking extreme challenges.

He has now been running for more than 10 years and has experience running in all climates around the globe – from the deserts of Kuwait to training at a wind chill factor of -40 in the Falkland Islands.

Dave contacted CancerCare at the beginning of this year and asked them to come up with a challenge for him as part of the charity’s 30th anniversary appeal, Challenge30.

Dave agreed to a 42-mile route around the area that CancerCare serves – carrying a 30lb pack on his back.

Saturday’s epic challenge began at 8.30am at CancerCare’s Lancaster centre in Slyne Road with a send-off from the CancerCare fundraising team and deputy mayor and mayoress of Lancaster, David and Paula Kerr. A

fter a demanding 10 and a half hours of running non-stop, Dave and his support team - including ex-Forces physical trainers, a radio expert and medical professionals - arrived at CancerCare’s Lakes Centre in Kendal and were warmly welcomed by Kendal mayor, Sylvia Emmott, as well as representatives from CancerCare.

You can support CancerCare by sponsoring Dave at http://www.justgiving.com/42-Mile-UltraChallenge.