simon’s epic charity run

Ultra marathon runner'Ultra marathon runner Simon Walters jumps for joy after raising �215 for Diabetes UK.Simon is pictured with Hunmanby Hall Gym owner Katy Stringer..'Picture by Neil Silk  113005'25/07/11
Ultra marathon runner'Ultra marathon runner Simon Walters jumps for joy after raising �215 for Diabetes UK.Simon is pictured with Hunmanby Hall Gym owner Katy Stringer..'Picture by Neil Silk 113005'25/07/11
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A FILEY firefighter is jumping for joy after blazing a trail of glory in a gruelling marathon.

Simon Walters, of Sheldrake Close, took on the fearsome 110-mile Hardmoors Ultramarathon to raise £215 for Diabetes UK.

Mr Walters, 40, finished the course in just over 30 hours after tackling the treacherous terrain from Helmsley to the North Yorkshire Moors and Cleveland Way before finishing in Filey.

His efforts were rewarded with a top ten finish and he said he was delighted with his result - even if he was a little tired at the end!

He said: “It is a very hard challenge but a fantastic event.

“I have wanted to do for a while, my friend had suggested taking part in it but it always fell on the same dates I was on holiday.

“The race is very tough and only 12 out of the 30 runners that started actually finished because it is so hard and you’re running four-and-a-half marathons in one go.

“I was a bit sore afterwards but it was definitely worth it.

“I ran the course beforehand in stages which definitely helped and let me see what I was in for and I’d also done a few races in the area too.”

After starting Helmsley, competitors have 36 hours to to complete the single stage trail race, taking in coastal towns and villages including Saltburn, in Cleveland, and Runswick Bay and Staithes before working its way along the seaside to Scarborough and Filey.

Mr Walters, who also raised £60 for the British Heart Foundation, said he was thrilled with his charity fundraising.

He added: “To raise £215 for Diabetes UK was great and I decided to help the charity after finding out more about diabetes from taking part in events alongside Katy Stringer.

“Katy has diabetes and so many people suffer from it nowadays so it was nice to give something to the charity to help them.”