Posted: Fri 6th Mar 2020

Wrexham man to trek between Scotland and Penycae in aid of children’s hospice for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

A man from Wrexham is preparing to take on a 550 mile marathon challenge from Scotland to north Wales in aid of a local children’s hospice.

Paul Edwards will walk solo from Fort William in Scotland to his home village of Penycae in May.

The 54-year-old, who has already ran over 90 marathons and ultramarathons across the world, hopes to raise £1,500 for Hope House Hospice.

His journey will incorporate the national three peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon before walking the remaining 60 miles to finish on Saturday 13th June at the Cross Foxes pub in Penycae.

“I am planning the route to make each day approximately 25-40 miles long depending on terrain etc. and I will be staying at B&B’s at the end of each day,” said Paul.

“I have run over 90 marathons and ultramarathons on all types of terrain from mountains to deserts to athletic tracks. I have run in Australia, Europe and Africa.

“I’ve finished the Marathon des Sables in 2017 (a 156miles multi-stage ultra in the Sahara desert) four months after that I completed the Ultra Great Britain which is a single stage 205miles ultramarathon that starts at the seafront in Southport on the west coast and finishes on the seafront in Hornsey on the east coast.

“Last year I walked from the Principality Stadium Cardiff to the Racecourse Ground Wrexham, a distance of 150.8miles, solo and unsupported for the Hope House children’s hospice in Oswestry and in September last year I finished an incredibly tough event in America called the Grand2Grand Ultra, which is a 171miles multi-stage ultra running event.

“It starts at the North rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and finishes at the top of Bryce Canyon in Utah.

“I would like to stress that I am walking the whole route solo and without any support crew, team or vehicular assistance and I am doing this as a sponsored challenge for the Hope House children’s hospice in Oswestry.

“I have completed many, many events and challenges for various charities in the past but this will be by far the biggest.”

You can help Paul reach his £1,500 target via his Justgiving page, here.

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