North End's Luke is putting the miles in

Preston North End's sports scientist Luke Hemmings will be having to follow his own advice when he embarks on a gruelling charity event.

Monday, 29th May 2017, 5:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:38 pm
Luke Hemmings (right) with PNE fitness coach Tom Little (orange top) and two other riders in last year's ride to Amsterdam which raised money for Prostate Cancer UK

Hemmings is a member of Simon Grayson’s backroom team at Deepdale, his role to help get the players in peak condition.

Next summer, he will stretch himself to the limit to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

The 22-year-old is to cycle from John O’Grouts to Land’s End– all 875 miles.

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Once out of the saddle, Hemmings will then run 14 marathons in 14 days from Land’s End to Dover.

While the remarkable test of endurance is still 12 months away, he has long since stared putting in the miles to get himself in the best possible shape.

“I’m looking to cycle John O’Grouts to Land’s End in a week, doing 125miles a day.

“After the bike ride, I’m going to run 14 marathons in 14 days from Land’s End to Dover.

“I’m on an 18-month build-up, I began training a few months ago and it is in the close season that I can really put the miles in on both the bike and with the running.

“My job at PNE will help me prepare because I know what work needs to be done and how to recover between training sessions.”

Last year, Hemmings did the Football League’s bike ride to Amsterdam with North End’s fitness coach Tom Little.

Said Hemmings: “A lot of my training is done on the lanes around Rivington, it is nice to get out there.

“It is all for a good cause. I did the Amsterdam ride last year for Prostate Cancer UK which was so well organised and were well looked after – I wanted to give something back to them.”

Hemmings has a JustGiving page – LukesUnitedKingdomEvent.