High-rise 1,000 mile Alpine challenge for runner

Runner Stuart Walker from Crookes is aiming to run across the Alps in a month.
Runner Stuart Walker from Crookes is aiming to run across the Alps in a month.
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A RECORD-BREAKING runner is taking on his biggest challenge yet to raise cash for charity.

Stuart Walker is attempting to run 1,000 miles across the Alps in just 30 days.

The 26-year-old, a PHD researcher at the University of Sheffield, is aiming to raise £10,000 for charity Water for Kids by completing the Big Alps Run.

The feat seasoned runner, who entered the record books when he ran solo across Hardian’s Wall in 2004, is travelling through six countries at a daily distance of around 35 miles carrying a small tent, food and equipment on his back.

He set off from Vienna on Saturday and his progress is being followed by Trail Running Magazine.

Mr Walker, of Crookes, Sheffield, said: “I am really looking forward to the Big Alps Run, but I am expecting it to hurt a lot.” Visit www.justgiving.com/bigalpsrun to sponsor him.