A PONTELAND man pushed through the pain as he completed a major one-day physical challenge to support a good cause.
After getting up at 3.30am, Keith Harbottle cycled 50 miles to the start line of a 34-mile ultramarathon in north Northumberland, part of the Endurancelife Coastal Trail series.
He successfully did the run and then got back on his bike to return home and he is hoping that his efforts will raise a good total for the Alan Shearer Foundation.
Whilst the rationality of taking on such a feat may be in question, the indomitable determination of the former Royal Marine is undeniable.
Mr Harbottle said: “I have to say this challenge was the hardest I’ve encountered so far. I had some real dark moments and needed to dig deep.
“One thing that kept me going was thinking about some of the families I know who use the Alan Shearer Centre.”
The Northumbria Police officer has more sporty trials lined up for later this year as Action 4 Smiles to support the foundation, which was set up to directly support the centre in Newcastle.
Last year, he raised more than £4,000 to help the foundation’s parent body, St Cuthberts Care, provide facilities and services for disabled people through various activities, such as a wheelbarrow push in fancy dress from his home to Newcastle United’s St James’ Park ground.
For more information about his 2014 efforts and a link to make a donation, visit his events blog – http://alanshearerfoundation.org.uk/blog
The Alan Shearer Centre is a specialist residential and social facility for people with complex disabilities and acute sensory impairments.