Steve’s just popping out for a short run

Steve Pope of Crosspool, Sheffield who is running across north America for Help the Heroes charity'. See Story Catherine Scott  Picture by CHRIS LAWTON'04 August 2011

Steve Pope of Crosspool, Sheffield who is running across north America for Help the Heroes charity'. See Story Catherine Scott Picture by CHRIS LAWTON'04 August 2011

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TO mere mortals it might sound like a near impossible challenge – running the 874 miles from Land’s End to John o’ Groats in barely a fortnight.

But Steve Pope is no ordinary long-distance jogger.

This is the Sheffield house landlord who last year ran across America – taking in 3,126 miles in just 79 continuous days.

The distance he covered was so vast, the shortest route between his starting and finishing points had to be worked out taking the curve of the globe into account.

This latest challenge running down little old Blighty?

Easy, surely.

“Well, I wouldn’t say that,” laughs the 45-year-old of Crosspool.

“But, yes, it’s within my capability.

“This one is a race, though, rather than something I’m doing for charity, so the challenge is trying to beat your opponents.”

The JOGLE Ultra dash, which takes in roughly 55 miles a day and is raced in stages similar to the Tour de France, starts on April 20.

“I’m just doing my regular training,” says Steve, who raised £12,000 for Help For Heroes with his American run.

“That means basic marathon training with the odd ultra-long thrown in every so often.

“I feel in good shape. I’m really looking forward to it.”

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