A Glaisdale soldier has completed a superhuman challenge by running four marathons in four days.
Royal Marine Sam Dunwell (20) completed four 26-mile runs around the region, all beginning at his front gate in Glaisdale.
Sam explained why he chose to complete such an epic challenge: “One marathon is something everyone does so I thought I would go for something different. Four is an even number so I picked that. I wanted people to think ‘well that stands out’.”
He undertook the challenge to support Help Our Wounded, the Royal Marines charity and so far he has raised £1,300.
The finish line for the fourth marathon was Glaisdale school, where pupils cheered him on for the last few metres. “That was amazing, it was a great thing to get,” said Sam.
The feat was made even more amazing as Sam completed the third and fourth marathons with an injured knee. Sam said: “Today has been absolute agony and once the adrenaline wears off my knee will really hurt. I couldn’t bend my right knee so it I was dragging it up hills and hopping to get over rocks.”
The four marathons took him all around the area, with two-thirds of the route following off-road tracks.
Sam spent the six months before the challenge on tour in Afghanistan, which made training for the challenge extremely difficult. It limited the distances he could run, but also meant there were other difficulties. He explained: “I had to run through the mountains, but obviously you can’t go too far because of the threat. So it’s a pleasure to be able to run now without a pistol by my side.”
Following each marathon, Sam put on a puffer jacket and sat in the River Esk, near his home. He explained this unusual tradition helps him recover from each run. Five minutes sat in the near-freezing water helps “wash the pain away from my legs”, he said.
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