Alan's marathon effort for Maggie's Merseyside

Steve Evans with runner Alan RedfernA fine art teacher has told listeners how he aims to run more than eight marathons in just four days to raise money for a Clatterbridge-based cancer charity.

Alan Redfern decided to complete the 214-mile coast-to-coast challenge to help Maggie's Merseyside which provides support, information and practical advice for patients and their families.

He'll leave Hornsea near Hull for Birkenhead on Monday 8th July 2019.

The father-of-two was spurred into action after hearing from the charity during a visit to Birkenhead Sixth Form College where he works.

"It terrified me. I was thinking what can I do to help? As a teacher you’re part of a small community and you need to help each other."

Veteran runner Alan has taken part in ultra marathons and iron man triathlons for more than a decade.

But readying himself for this challenge has been a test of will power in itself.

He has been getting up at 4am to train, running up to 80 miles a week in preparation.

“It’s got to be tough if people are going to donate. It’s really important to do something that’s really going to stretch you.”

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The college decided to help Maggie's after a colleague received help from the charity. 

They set a £10,000 fundraising target for the year and have already reached the half-way stage with table tennis tournaments and one member of staff even swimming the River Mersey.

Alan told Coffee Club presenter Steve Evans that everyone was on board from the start.

“I’ve had family members who have suffered with cancer. I know students whose families have been devastated with cancer. And my wife’s family has been torn apart by cancer as well.”

Alan thanked everybody who has donated so far for making a positive change towards cancer.

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