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Man Attempting Half-Marathon Feat For Charity

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 5, 2011

The British runner quit his job to run for charity.

Nigel Cook of Britain has left his day job as a managing director and and set out to do something big: running ten half marathons in ten countries, in less than ten months. Cook’s feat is for a good cause: The Willow Burn Hospice near his home in Lanchester, England. He hopes to raise over $15,000 for the cause.

His half-marathon journey began last August when he ran a race at Ramsey, Isle of Man and he will finish up in Prague this October.

Along the way, he has set a PR, running 1:58:40 at the Amsterdam Half Marathon last October.

On Friday, Cook will head to Tromso, Norway, a town located 250 miles within the Arctic Circle. The challenging weather in Europe this winter has helped him train for this race.

“Yesterday it was -7 degrees and the wind chill was about -14 degrees and it’s set to get colder through the week so it will be quite cold,” he said. “I wear trekking shoes which have got a bit more grip, it’s a bit like winter tires for runners. It is quite tough and it’s a lot harder on your legs, but hopefully I’ll get round it.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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