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Marathon man’s super six races
Thursday 7th February 2019 @ 10:32 by Lauren Entwistle
Glossop

Guy Riddell didn’t just tackle one ‘ultra marathon’ last year to raise money for Glossopdale-based charity Mummy’s Star – he chose SIX.

He finished every one to come up with more than £1,250.

Guy, 45, who works for BT and lives in Hollingworth with his wife and four children, took up running back in 2012 in a bid to tackle the ‘middle-aged spread.’

Since then he has clocked up roughly 2,000 miles each year.

But it was when he joined a local running group that he met Pete Wallroth, the man behind Mummy’s Star – a charity which supports families affected by cancer during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

Pete founded the initiative back in 2013 in memory of his wife Mair, who passed away due to breast cancer just two months after giving birth to their second child.

Guy said: “I’m a member of Glossopdale Harriers and we go on pack runs when I can with a great bunch of lads – that’s how I met Pete.

“He told me all about Mummy’s Star and how it is the only charity in the country to support women with cancer through pregnancy and beyond.

“I thought it was such a great thing with a great need for support – especially since a recent storyline in Coronation Street has put this topic in the spotlight.”

Guy set himself the target of raising £1,000 by running six ultra-marathons throughout last year, including the Kirklees Way Ultra, a 73-mile route ran overnight around the Colne, Spen and Holme Valleys.

He said: “The fundraising target felt quite daunting at first, but with the generosity of friends and work colleagues, my total currently stands at £1,268.51 with gift aid.

“Truth is, although these events are always very challenging, I enjoy pushing myself – so the opportunity to do what I enjoy and support a brilliant local charity at the same time was great for me.”

He isn’t hanging up his running shoes anytime soon, having already booked on to the Liverpool and Chester Marathons for this year, with plans to take on some local races too.

If you’d like to donate to Mummy’s Star, you can find Guy’s fundraiser at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/guyriddell4.