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Man Attempting Half-Marathon Feat For Charity

The British runner quit his job to run for charity.

The British runner quit his job to run for charity.

Nigel Cook of Britain has left his day job as a managing director and and set out to do something big: running ten half marathons in ten countries, in less than ten months. Cook’s feat is for a good cause: The Willow Burn Hospice near his home in Lanchester, England. He hopes to raise over $15,000 for the cause.

His half-marathon journey began last August when he ran a race at Ramsey, Isle of Man and he will finish up in Prague this October.

Along the way, he has set a PR, running 1:58:40 at the Amsterdam Half Marathon last October.

On Friday, Cook will head to Tromso, Norway, a town located 250 miles within the Arctic Circle. The challenging weather in Europe this winter has helped him train for this race.

“Yesterday it was -7 degrees and the wind chill was about -14 degrees and it’s set to get colder through the week so it will be quite cold,” he said. “I wear trekking shoes which have got a bit more grip, it’s a bit like winter tires for runners. It is quite tough and it’s a lot harder on your legs, but hopefully I’ll get round it.”

For More: BBC