THE coast-to-coast endurance test is not just for cyclists – as one South Tyneside couple proved.
Adam Coates and Joanne Grout hit the road in their running shoes for the 104-mile challenge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The pair, from Hindmarsh Drive, West Boldon, ran the whole way because of the support the charity gave to Adam’s father, who has since died after being diagnosed with cancer.
The feat saw Adam, 32, and Joanne, 28, run from Workington in Cumbria, to Sunderland in five days.
Miss Grout, said: “This is the hardest thing any of us has ever done.
“We had been training for the Great North Run, and the furthest we have ever run in training was 18 miles.
“We just wanted something really challenging to do after we completed the run.
“We are both into exercising, so we decided to go for it and stick to the route used by the cyclists.
“We finished at the Smugglers pub in Roker and there was a lot of people who came out to see us. It was also nice to see Adam’s dad, as he was the person who inspired us to do it.”
To date, the couple have raised more than £2,000 for the charity.
Miss Coates added: “When Adam’s dad was diagnosed with cancer, we felt really helpless, but the help and support we received from Macmillan was fantastic, anything he needed they arranged it for him.
“The run was hard and we were suffering, but it was all worth it – the Macmillan nurses really do a fantastic job.”
Anyone who would like to add to Adam and Joanne’s Just Giving page, visit www.justgiving.com/Adam-Coates1/