THE North Pole is beckoning runners in an event created to raise funds for charity.

Approximately two thirds of Styal Running Club members are looking to pound the distance to the North Pole, virtually, over a dozen days starting this weekend.

Organisers are labelling the task a ‘huge challenge’.

Those taking part are looking for support via a Just Giving web page, for the benefit of The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust which is located between Altrincham, Knutsford and Warrington.

“The idea is that Styal Running Club are going to attempt to run from Manchester to the North Pole, virtually of course, over a period of 12 days, mimicking the 12 days of Christmas, commencing on Saturday,” said the club’s coaching and development officer Tony Collier, 63.

“It’s 2,600 miles and we hope that 40 members will take part which means they will each have to run on average five miles per day for each of the 12 days. It’s a huge challenge.

“Each member will take part entirely Covid compliantly.”

The club’s runners are no strangers to raising money for charity.

“We are using this challenge to raise funds for The Children’s Adventure Farm who help to support underprivileged and disadvantaged children across the north west,” said Tony, who will be among those taking on the challenge.

“We’ve had a link with CAFT for the 14 years since we formed the club in 2006 to help support the amazing work that they do to help give disadvantaged and underprivileged children a better life.

“Earlier this year we did something similar as part of the London marathon 2.6 Challenge and raised funds for East Cheshire Hospice.”

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