Former soldier to run for charity

Dave Moretta.
Dave Moretta.

Runner Dave Moretta is taking on a gruelling 42 mile challenge this summer for local charity CancerCare.

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 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.

On August 3, Dave will be running 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.

Initially, staff suggested 30 miles – but this wasn’t enough for Dave! He agreed to a 42-mile route around the area that CancerCare serves – carrying a 30lb pack in keeping with the 30th anniversary theme.

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.

He runs in all climates, on all terrains, with numerous different weights.

Through Challenge30, the charity is attempting to raise £30,000 in 30 weeks to mark the 30th anniversary.

Anyone can join in – a fundraising pack outlining 30 ideas for fun events to raise cash is available from the charity’s website at

Dave estimates that the challenge will take nine hours from start to finish – and to support him you can go to his sponsorship page, at

Already he is training by running 75 miles a week on a mixture of road and treadmill.

Dave said: “Training to raise money for a great cause is a lot easier than just training for a race. Knowing what CancerCare do and how they operate and help those in need really spurs me on when training days get a little hard and tedious!”