A gritty gritter is running the equivalent of a marathon a day for eight days to raise cash for charity.
Stephen Crownshaw, who works as a driver for Sheffield City Council’s ‘streets ahead’ programme, which includes road gritting, is to run 160 miles from Snowden in Wales to the Rotherham suburb of Wales – in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
The hospice has been voted as Streets Ahead’s charity of the year in 2015.
He will be accompanied on his mission by his dad, Les Crownshaw, with the pair hoping to raise £1,000.
Stephen said: “We are both regular runners and wanted to set ourselves a challenge. It will take us eight days to run from Wales, running up to 26 miles a day sometimes, but we enjoy running and a challenge.
“We’ve run to raise funds for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice on a number of occasions in the past, as well as other charities, but when it was announced that Streets Ahead’s charity for this year would be the hospice, we decided our planned run was a great opportunity to help raise more money.”
Steve Robinson, head of highway maintenance for Sheffield Council, said: “Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is a great charity to be supporting. I wish Stephen luck in completing the gruelling but exciting challenge.”
Rob Allen, Streets Ahead’s business director, said: “Our employees were keen to support a charity that provides a valuable service to our local community and so they were given the opportunity to vote. I’m pleased to see some of Streets Ahead’s staff taking part in activities to help the hospice and raise awareness.”