INTREPID fundraiser Ian Richardson yomped for 26 miles over three of the highest peaks in the UK – as his way of preparing for the Bupa Great North Run.
The determined dad tackled the Yorkshire three peaks of Whernside (at 2,415ft), Ingleborough (2,372 ft) and Pen-y-ghent (2,277 ft) and said afterwards: “We did 26 miles in 14 hours. We faced bogs, mud, rivers and mountains.
“We had to do night-time navigation and combat exhaustion. That just about sums it all up.”
But there’s no rest for Ian whose non-stop fundraising continues this weekend when he tackled the 13-mile Bupa Great North Run.
Ian, who runs an online retail firm on Queens Meadow Business Park in Hartlepool, and who won an Award For Inspiration in the Mail’s first Pride of Hartlepool Awards, is raising money for the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund, set up in memory of his wife Joanne, 40, and eldest daughter Mya, aged six, who died in a car accident in August 2010.
This has been a year packed with charity events for Ian, who is dad to two-year-old Ava Richardson and set up the memorial fund to help children who have lost loved ones.
Earlier this year, he and 10 other cyclists rode 154 miles in three days from Workington in Cumbria to Hartlepool Marina.
Then, this month, he scaled the Newport Bridge between Stockton and Middlesbrough as part of the 10k Rat Race event on the River Tees at Stockton.
There was no let-up in his efforts over the weekend when he hosted a tattoo convention, at Thornaby Aerodrome, yesterday.
Thirty artists showcased their work in an event which had special meaning for Ian who had a tattoo created on his arm from a love note written by Mya.
And if that was not enough, Ian is also making provisional plans for next year.
He wants to climb Mont Blanc, Kilimanjaro, and the Landmannalaugar area near Iceland’s volcanoes in 2013.
So far, the charity is thought to have raised £50,000.
Anyone wanting to support the charity should visit www.joandmya.co.uk