Duty Manager Darren Wilson, a former soldier turned ultrarunner from Kendal, is taking on a mammoth challenge to raise money to help his fellow servicemen and women.

Darren Wilson, 36, plans to run from Lands' End to John O'Groats, via each of the three national peaks to raise awareness and funds for Help for Heroes, a charity close to his heart following his eight years with the army.

"I've had friends who have been injured at war so I wanted to raise awareness for that," he explained. "I wanted to get them involved so I'm meeting a group of ex-soldiers that have been injured or suffer with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) at each mountain peak and they're going to climb up with me."

Darren, who achieved the rank of Lance Corporal, has seen first hand how beneficial the work of Help for Heroes is, for those who have been affected both physically and mentally by war.

"I've had a friend for who got shot in the neck with a sniper," he said. "And was very lucky to live but by the aid of charities such as Help for Heroes he was able to walk again."

Starting on May 5 2018, Darren is aiming to have covered the 1,000 mile distance by May 26. He anticipates he will be running for about 50 miles each day.

"Not many have attempted it, nobody's done it on the scale I'm going to do," he said, explaining why he had chosen the challenge. "It's just something I fancied doing."

"I think you've got to be mentally strong to do it," he said. "You've got to be focused to carry on going.

"With stuff like this it's mainly in the mind, you've got to be physically fit but it's the mental ability to keep going."

And you can be part of it all! Join Darren on Saturday 3rd March for 12 hours on a treadmill in the reception area of Kendal Leisure Centre:

  • Sign up at recpetion to a 15 or 30 minute session
  • Pledge a donation to Help for Heroes
  • Arrive on 3rd March and recieve a FREE technical t-shirt and SIGG drinks bottle