SHEFFIELD marathon man Neil Armstrong’s one small step for man is turning into one giant leap for charity.
The PE teacher, who shares his name with the first man on the moon, is aiming to run 1,000 miles in under a year, starting with the London Marathon on Sunday, April 22.
And, in keeping with his namesake, Neil is running some of the miles in a silver spacesuit.
The 41-year-old, who works at All Saints Catholic High School, Granville Road, Norfolk Park, said: “The Neil Armstrong thing is usually wasted on the students, but I love being a personal pioneer, pushing myself beyond boundaries.”
Neil, of Wadsley Bridge, is used to challenges, having run the Chester and Edinburgh marathons in the same week in 2010.
This time he plans to run the Liverpool, Chester and Sheffield half marathons, the latter in a full astronaut suit, as well as the London Marathon.
His test is in aid of Children with Cancer UK, which funds research into prevention and treatment of childhood cancers.
The cause is important to Neil, as two students at his school are currently battling cancer.
He said: “I have also had a family member fall ill to cancer. It has a profound effect on the person and everyone else around them.”
Neil hopes to raise at least £2,000. He has logged every mile run so far on Facebook and on his charity page www.virginmoneygiving/1000miles where supporters can also donate.