Marathon man Shane to tackle charity challenge

Getting ready: Shane in training for his 10 in 10 marathon feat
Getting ready: Shane in training for his 10 in 10 marathon feat
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For the average Joe, completing one marathon is hard enough.

But one man from Preston will tackle 10 in 10 days in a bid to raise funds for underprivileged children.

Mechanic, Shane Cliffe , 49, from Penwortham, has been running since 2000 and used to compete in two marathons a year so when he heard about the challenge for the Brathay Trust who work with vulnerable and disadvantaged youngsters, the father of four, decided to take on the mammoth task.

Shane, who has competed in Las Vegas , Toronto, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and London said: “At first I just saw the 10 marathons in 10 days as a challenge for myself after I became rather disillusioned following a bad run in Amsterdam.

“But when I went up to Ambleside where Brathay are based to take part in a training run I was just overwhelmed by the work that the staff there are doing - they’re incredible.”

Shane, who lives with his fellow runner, partner Sally Cape, will join 14 other fundraisers for the first nine marathons on May 9 after helping to organise a charity 5k race in Preston’s Avenham Park.

On day 10, May 18, they will be joined by a further 1000 runners to take part in the Windermere marathon which will see the 10in10 team complete their 262 miles.

Shane said: ““I turn 50 in February so people keep asking me, if I’m doing this for my 50th, what on Earth am I going to do for my 60th?!”

Ahead of taking part in the challenge, Shane has generated almost £2,300 in sponsorship but hopes to smash his target of £3,500.

You can sponsor Shane via his Just Giving webpage at