84 miles run, £500 raised

Dave Green welcomed back by Bridlington lifeboat coxswain Stuart McKie
Dave Green welcomed back by Bridlington lifeboat coxswain Stuart McKie

A LOCAL runner went even further than the extra mile while raising a great total for local charities.

Dave Green, of Viking Road, completed a lung-busting 84 mile run from the RNLI station at South Marine Drive all the way to Whitby’s lifeboat Station - and back again.

The run, which Dave expected to take 20 hours but was actually completed in under 18, raised £500.

The money will be spilt between three different charities, with £200 going to the Katie Walker Cancer Trust, £200 going to the Bridlington lifeboat and £100 to the Whitby lifeboat.

Dave said: “I’d like to thank everyone who donated to get such a great total, the coxswains at Bridlington and Whitby lifeboat stations, and also Ron Young, an ex coastguard who was my back up.”

Dave has been a regular fundraiser for more than twenty years, mainly raising funds for Cancer Research, but this run could be his last.

“It was hard work, especially coming back as I was running into a 25mph wind, and when I got into Whitby we had to wait for the lifeboat coxswain and mechanic to come and meet us. I ran up and down the street in Whitby for an hour just to keep warm.”

Dave was set off on Friday, October 14 at around 9.30pm by Bridlington coxswain Stuart McKie.

He reached Whitby at 6.30am on Saturday, meeting coxswain Mike Russell and mechanic Glenn Goodberry, before setting off home to Bridlington at around 7.30am, arriving back at South Marine Drive at 4.30pm - stopping only for five minutes every three hours for food and water.

It is not the first time that Dave has clocked up the miles for charity - in 2008 he ran around 108 miles from Leeds to Bridlington, via Scarborough - but his longest endurance run was 125 miles in 24 hours, in South London.