With a list of achievements most can only dream of, it's hard to believe 'Marathon Man' Rob Young only started running long distances last year. After entering the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2014 as a 20p bet with his partner, Young went on to run 370 marathons in 12 months and broke the record for the longest ever run without sleep, covering a total of 373 miles.
Young is now set to run 1,900 miles carrying a 'torch for humanity' as the UK leg of the Champions Walk for Peace, a charity initiative launched in Kenya this July to help prevent young people being affected by ethnic violence in the North Rift Valley. The Kenyan leg saw elite runners including Wilson Kipsang, Ezeziel Kemboi and Tegla Loroupe walk 500 miles across the valley.
Along with Adam Holland, who holds the world record for the ten fastest marathons in ten days, Young will start the challenge at the Great North Run on 13th September. The pair will head through 400 cities, towns and villages over 26 days, climbing 75,000 feet in the process. They'll take it in turns to run, with the other cycling during recovery periods, and finish in London on 8th October before handing the torch over to Kenyan representatives who'll fly it out to Chicago Marathon for the US leg.
Young says "We’re carrying this torch to unite people. We want you to come with us, to run with us, to walk with us; to invite us to your schools. Our Kenyan friends have done their leg; it’s now time that the UK play their part before we pass it on to the Americans to continue the journey. If we can do that together we are going to create something life-changing to many thousands, if not millions of people."
Check out the map here to see when Rob and Adam will be running in your area!