A determined personal trainer has completed one of the top 10 toughest races in the world, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), in aid of two local charities.
Paul McCleery, 41, undertook the ultimate ultra marathon in August, running 168 kilometres through steep mountainous terrain to raise money for Charity for Kids and St Michael’s Hospice.
Finishing the ‘brutal’ race in 45 hours, four minutes and eight seconds, Paul was one of 1578 participants to complete the feat in which 856 people dropped out.
Paul said: “It was basically 45 hours of climbing mountains! Running non-stop, day and night and trying to deal with sleep deprivation, trying to deal with exhaustion and frustration. It was really physically and mentally challenging. I kept going and what saw me through was the support of my family who were waiting for me at the finish line. I also wanted to show what you can do if you put your mind to something. As a personal trainer I really want to inspire other people to see what can be achieved. Also, I am strong-willed, so there was no way I was going to quit.”
This extraordinary feat is just one in a long line of challenges Paul has participated in, raising some £9,000 for the two organisations. He added: “Both my parents were at the hospice, they passed away from cancer in 2008, so I want to give back to them, and Charity for Kids do really important work in the local community.” Paul thanks everyone who has supported him is asking people to kindly donate by visiting www.stmichaelshospice.org or www.charityforkids.co.uk.
For more information about Paul go to www.paulmccleery.com.