Our all action hero completes his latest mission

03 March 2014

Keith Harbottle

Why would anyone get up at 3.30am, cycle 50 miles, then run a 34-mile ultramarathon and then cycle 50 more miles?

Apparently, "You would be mad, not to when it's for a cause like the Alan Shearer Foundation!" says heroic fundraiser Keith Harbottle who completed this feat when he took part in the Endurancelife Coastal Trail series run from Alnwick to Bamburgh this weekend.

While the rationality of taking on such an epic challenge may be in question, the indomitable determination of the former marine is certainly undeniable.

"I have to say this challenge was the hardest I've encountered so far. I had some real dark moments and needed to dig deep," said Keith. "One thing that kept me going was thinking about some of the families I know who use the Alan Shearer Centre."

For Northumbria Police Officer, Keith, this feat was just the beginning of his 2014 schedule of fundraising exploits. He has more sporty trials lined up for later this year as Action4Smiles in aid of the Foundation.

Last year Keith raised over £4,000 to help St Cuthberts Care to provide facilities and services for disabled people. He organised a series of fundraising stunts including two marathons and a fancy dress wheelbarrow push from his home in Ponteland to the Newcastle United football ground.

You can follow Keith's heroic activities by reading his blog and support him through his BT MyDonate page.