A PAIR of radical runners have hit their fitness peak as they get set to run up Britain’s highest mountain – twice.
Workmates Graeme Cadas and Mark Reeve are only a couple of weeks away from their trip to Scotland where they will run up and down Ben Nevis twice in two days.
The fitness enthusiasts put themselves forward for the gruelling task to raise money for the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust, a charity that the Hartlepool mum-of-three set up herself while fighting the disease before dying in July last year aged 59.
And after spending weeks in the gym and pounding the pavement, the two JobCentre Plus workers are hoping for more financial support to get them over the line.
Graeme, 39, from Kestrel Close, on the Bishop Cuthbert estate, said: “We are both in the shape of our lives. We’ve also had a lot of help from people who are sponsoring us and stopping us in the street to give us encouragement after seeing us in the paper.
“But we want to raise a lot of money by doing this and are asking again for people to get behind us and for a bit of corporate sponsorship.
“It is a great charity and hopefully more people will get behind us and make it a great success.”
Each day of the challenge will see Graeme and 25-year-old Mark, from the town’s Fens estate, run six miles up and six miles down – almost the equivalent of a half-marathon. Their target time is four-and-a-half hours per run.
They will run through a range of weather conditions with possible summer sun at the bottom and up to a foot-and-a-half of snow at the peak.
Graeme, who has scaled the 4,400ft-high Scottish mountain four times before but never twice on one weekend, added: “There are a lot of things for us to think about. When the weather’s bad up there it’s very bad so we have to carry the right clothing and be sensible. Also, running at such an angle is a drain on your legs and running down can see your muscles tighten as you try and stop yourself from falling.
“But the biggest fear is injury. I’m 40 in January and not getting any younger and am doing a lot of training. We’ve wrapped ourselves up in cotton wool a bit as we want to make sure we get there in the first place.
“I wouldn’t say we’re nervous though. Excited is the word I’d use, and with a little bit more help it will be a great weekend.”
The Denise Taylor Cancer Trust offers donations to cancer sufferers to pay for costly transport to treatment, childcare expenses and short UK-based respite breaks.
To support the runners visit www.denisetaylorcancertrust.co.uk.