Charity chief on his marks for 50-mile ultramarathon

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A CHARITY boss will be taking on the challenge of an ultramarathon when he attempts to run 50 miles around his home town of Rotherham this weekend.

Youth Association chief executive Andy Clow will be taking part in the 29th running of the Round Rotherham Race on Saturday.

The annual event, organised by Rotherham Harriers athletic club, is widely regarded as one of the toughest ultramarathons in the country and covers a gruelling 50-mile course around the edges of Rotherham borough.

Mr Clow, 45, hopes to raise £1,000 to buy camping equipment to enable some of the region’s most disadvantaged children to experience the great outdoors.

Although he has been running for more than 15 years, this is the first time he has ever attempted such a distance.

Mr Clow said: “I’ve been preparing for this race for six months now and I’ve been past 30 miles in training.

“Thinking about how hard that was, I can’t imagine what I’ll feel like after 50 miles. I’ve run round the whole course in stages now, so I’m hoping I won’t get lost.

“I wouldn’t want to add any more miles by going the wrong way.”

The Youth Association, founded in 1904, delivers youth work across West and South Yorkshire. More recently, it has suffered due to Government spending cuts.

Mr Clow said: “Last year was one of the toughest in our long history and we had to make a lot of good youth workers redundant.

“This race sums up our outlook for the future. We know it will take everything we’ve got, but we’re determined to give it our best shot.”