ULTRA-RUNNER Adam Holland is undertaking an incredible challenge which will see him run 262 miles from Hull to London in just five days, all in support of development charity Oasis UK.
Mr Holland, 29, is attempting this amazing feat in order to raise money for Oasis UK who are responsible for 47 primary and secondary schools all over the UK, and Holland is set to visit all of them on his mammoth journey, including several in the Greater Manchester area.
The 262 miles Mr Holland is running is the equivalent distance of 10 marathons – meaning he is effectively running 10 marathons in five days, an amazing feat should he complete it.
However, being an ultra-runner by trade Mr Holland is no stranger to these distances having completed well over 200 marathons in his lifetime.
He is actually the youngest person ever to complete 100 marathons, achieving the feat when he was just 23-years-old.
When interviewed at Oasis Academy, Media City on Monday, Mr Holland said of his latest endurance challenge:
“The kids are fantastic; running with them in their mile sections is great.
“I’ve received a great welcome at all the schools- at one of them I got to race a minion which I was really excited about.”
Throughout the event Mr Holland will be able to see up close the valuable work Oasis does with the most vulnerable young people and children who are living in disadvantaged communities all over the UK.
“As soon as I heard about Oasis and the inspirational work they’re doing for children and communities across England, it was a cause I wanted to show my support for.”
Oasis UK works with around 25,000 young people on a daily basis in its academies and community hubs, and Mr Holland will meet some of them on his journey.
Adam Webster, Community Development Leader at Oasis Academy Media City, said of Mr Holland’s visit:
“It’s absolutely fantastic [to have Mr Holland here] because one of the things young people need is inspiration and they want to aspire to do something great. So having someone like Adam come along is fantastic.
“Oasis is all about working alongside communities to bring out the best in people.”
Having started his journey at Humber Bridge in Hull on Sunday October 2, Mr Holland is set to cross the finish line in Waterloo, London, on Thursday October 6.
He should be confident of completing this latest challenge not only because he will no doubt be spurred on by the remarkable cause, but also because of his own personal history with extreme endurance challenges.
The runner has previously successfully ran 10 marathons in 10 days on multiple occasions and in 2009 he was part of the team of 12 who ran a ridiculous 539.9 miles between them over a period of 48 hours – a World Record.
By Matt Bullin