Athlete set to run non-stop from Inverness to Preston

Dave Moretta

Dave Moretta

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He has run 18 marathons in 18 days and run all the way to the Menin Gate in Belgium, now Dave Moretta is aiming to break an endurance record.

The Ribchester athlete is aiming to run non-stop for 354.7 miles, from Inverness to Preston.

This would break the previous endurance record for 350 miles non-stop, which was set by American runner Dean Karnazes.

Former soldier Dave, 28, has chosen to run The Ultimate Ultra Marathon for a charity close to his heart, The Royal British Legion.

Although not now taking place in Iceland due to safety concerns, as was originally hoped, Dave is still planning on the July run being the “biggest running event in the world,” saying he does not do anything by halves.

“It is going to be extremely tough, but I am going to give it the best shot I can. It is the hardest thing I will have done to date,” said Dave.

Dean Karnazes completed 350 miles non-stop in 80 hours and 44 minutes, averaging 13 minutes per mile in Northern California in 2005, but Dave says he is a slower runner and it will take him longer.

“If I don’t succeed I will have put every bit of energy I have into doing it and I will have done a lot of mileage,” said Dave.

He is no stranger to extreme challenges. He hit the headlines in 2013 when he ran 18 marathons in 18 days.

Then last year he completed 365 miles from Preston to the Menin Gate at Ypres to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Father-of-two Dave is currently undertaking gruelling training as well as organising the challenge; raising funds and sponsorship; setting up a facilities for people to donate and also working in a specialist bicycle shop in Chorley.

To sponsor Dave, go to www.virginmoneygiving.com and type in Dave’s name.