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Man of steele completes mother of all challenges
IF ever a person suited their surname it’s former Altrincham resident Jim Steele, who has just completed the mother of all fundraising challenges.
The 34-year-old endured scorching temperatures and had to avoid some deadly wildlife when he took part in the Grand To Grand Ultra Marathon.
Jim ran 170 miles through the Grand Canyon and if that wasn’t tough enough, he also had to carry 15kg of kit on his back.
His super human effort has raised more than £3,500 for the Dystonia Society. But the former St Ambrose College student expects to raise £4,000 for the charity by the time his justgiving page expires in a couple of months time.
Jim and the rest of the party had to endure daytime temperatures of more than 30 degrees and freezing cold nights.
He said: “We encountered rattle snakes, tarantulas and scorpions - one came in our tent - but overall I managed to give them a wide berth. The temperature got down to minus seven on one occasion, so I ended up putting all my clothes and equipment into my sleeping bag to try and stay warm. There were lots of people huddling for warmth despite the way we smelt after running that far. Some people built fires and slept next to them.”
Jim said crossing the finishing line was “one of the best moments of my life” and plans to take part in a similar event in Madagascar next year with friends he made on the trip.
He said: “The other competitors were great at egging everyone on over the last stage, a real sense of camaraderie. A few tears were shed - not by me.”
Jim took part in the week long Grand To Grand Ultra Marathon in September and decided to run for the Dystonia Society because his uncle, Greg Hunt, has the condition.
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