STAFF at an Eccles-based housing management company are preparing to run a gruelling SIX marathons in three days.

Employees at City West are currently in training to run the mammoth event next June to raise money for charity.

Astonishingly, this is not the first time that they have attempted an event like this.

Last summer, 16 employees braved the rough terrain of the Lake District and ran five marathons in five days – covering 130 miles.

Their aim was to raise money for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and they raised a total of over £2,700.

Their latest challenge looks to be even tougher as they will have to complete two marathons in one day. That is around 52 miles per day over the course of three days.

By the end of it they will have run a distance of nearly 160 miles.

City West Marathon
The City West team finishing a marathon last year

Group Chief Executive, Tim Doyle, will be running alongside colleagues during the event.

His training consists of working on core strength and weight loss and he hopes to lose four stone by the end of February. In March he will began training on the road, trying to ‘build up the miles’ before the main event.

He said: “It’s a different challenge this year as it’s a really massive endurance event. It will be the biggest physical (and mental) challenge that I have ever faced.

“I’m looking forward to the camaraderie of the event and building a strong bond with the other runners and with the marshals.

“I’m not looking forward to the unending slog of five more months of training.”

Whilst they have not yet decided on a charity, Tim suspects that the money raised will go to support Salford’s flood victims.

He added: “They weren’t City West tenants but we see ourselves as a wider community based organisation.

“Last year, we raised money for a range of charities including a dementia charity.

“We raised over £30,000 altogether.”

By Adam John

Main image: Josiah Mackenzie (Creative Commons)

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