Ex-soldier stages First World War tribute run to Belgium

Dave Moretta
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A superfit former soldier is set to tackle the race of a lifetime for charity.

Dave Moretta will attempt to run from Preston to Ypres, Belgium in five days to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

The ex-serviceman will set off on August 4, and he will have to cover 72 miles a day to achieve his goal.

But the professional endurance athlete from Ribchester is no stranger to big challenges. Last year he ran 18 marathons in 18 consecutive days in memory of the 18 Lancastrian soldiers who have lost their lives in recent years.

He said: “It is going to take me five days – from the August, 4, to the August, 8. I have a guy who is currently planning the route but nothing has been confirmed yet. I will be running down from Preston to Dover and then I am unsure to whether I will be crossing over on the Ferry to Belgium or by Euro Tour.

“I’m running for A Soldier’s Journey. Rick Clement – who runs it – is an ex-colleague of mine so I did it to help him out, raise awareness of his charity and keep him busy.”

The keen runner is attempting this new challenge in memory of all of the soldiers that have lost their lives fighting for their country. Dave is hoping to raise £20,000 for A Soldier’s Journey, a military charity. For details see: www.facebook.com/pages/Dave-Moretta/376627212438196 or davemoretta86.wordpress.com#sthash.4D0tChQ7.dpuf