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Pictured is Dean Morris(centre) along with Family & Friends who are to run 18 miles from Castleton to the Manor Castle Pub on   Manor Lane, on May 1st, to raise funds for 'Help for Heros'
Pictured is Dean Morris(centre) along with Family & Friends who are to run 18 miles from Castleton to the Manor Castle Pub on Manor Lane, on May 1st, to raise funds for 'Help for Heros'
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Runner plans 18-mile charity route with steep hills and sharp descents

THEY need to be in the Peak of fitness - for these Sheffield runners are planning an epic fundraising event which organiser Dean Morris believes will be more of a challenge than his previous exploits in the London Marathon.

It may be shorter than last weekend’s world-famous race but the 18-mile route Dean and his friends have planned between The Castle pub, Castleton, and the Manor Castle pub on Manor Lane, Sheffield, will involve a series of steep hills as they ascend out of the Hope Valley through the Peak District countryside, back downhill into Sheffield, then uphill again to Wybourn.

The difference between the highest and lowest points on the route is more than 300 metres. The highest point of the route is 382m above sea level on the road between Fox House and Dore Moor, while the lowest is at the bottom of Granville Road, 60m above sea level.

Just training for the run has claimed one would-be entrant - city centre-based boxer Ross Burkinshaw - who damaged a tendon and now needs a couple of months out from his fight career as a result.

Dean has decided to hold the run to support wounded soldiers’ charity Help for Heroes. “If they can take a bullet for us, I’m sure we can sweat it out a bit for them,” he said.

The 45-year-old electrician and dad of two was originally planning a route between Hathersage and Wybourn - a distance of 13 miles.

“Then a friend suggested that because I was finishing at the Manor Castle pub, I should run it from The Castle pub in Castleton. We have eight people running and around 28 to 30 walking.”

The event is on Sunday, May 1. Walkers set off at 9am and runners at noon so they should all arrive at the pub about the same time.

Dean and pals aim to raise £2,000 and are appealing for sponsorship. Log onto www.bmycharity.com/manorcastle to donate.