Fundraising physio finishes 12 challenges for Cancer Research UK

FUND-RAISING: Adam Cook supported by colleagues on his final challenge
FUND-RAISING: Adam Cook supported by colleagues on his final challenge
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A fuindraiser is enjoying a well earned rest after taking on 12 challenges for charity in as many months.

Adam Cook, 29, wanted to raise money for Cancer Research UK after both his parents fought the disease.

So he has taken part in a different event every month in 2015, mostly running in races covering between 10 miles and 30 miles.

Adam, who lives in Chorley, said: “The events have been great, they have been hard but it was about getting through them and moving onto the next one. That’s what you have to do if you have an illness.”

Adam started the year with the Central Lancashire half marathon, followed by a 10-mile fell race and other half marathons.

His challenges have gone further and further, including covering an average of 32 miles a day for four days on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and the 30-mile White Rose ultra marathon in Yorkshire.

They have not all been running challenges, as he has also done a triathlon and cycled 42 miles to Southport and back.

Adam finished his challenge with an eight-hour indoor bike ride at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital, where he works as a physiotherapist in the out-patient department.

Adam said: “Last year I thought I wouldn’t mind doing a half marathon or a marathon. Then I thought I would tick off as much as I can in a year.

“It has been progressively harder. The first half marathons were hard.

“It shows that if you put your mind to it you can achieve it, as difficult as it is. I have enjoyed it.”

Adam set himself a target of raising £1,000 for Cancer Research UK and has reached his goal.

As as well collecting sponsorship, his fund-raising was boosted by a cake sale organised by his fiancée Hazel Madden

Adam is still collecting donations at www.justgiving.com/Adam-Cook12.