EVEN ironmen have their weaknesses.
That’s why David Elliott – who has been running a marathon every day for the last nine days – stopped off for a pint half a mile from home.
David, from Upper Cumberworth, is expected to reach the Galpharm Stadium today completing his 260-mile run from Yeovil in aid of Huddersfield Town’s Yorkshire Air Ambulance appeal.
Yesterday 40-year-old David was less than a mile from home when temptation guided him into his local – The Sovereign at Shepley – for a pint.
And his friends, who spurred David on at the top of Holme Moss, were waiting for him in the pub.
And a pint was just the ticket for David, whose has struggled through physical and mental anguish for the last nine days.
Dozens of Town fans took the gruelling Pedal For Pounds charity challenge by cycling 260 miles from Yeovil to the Galpharm Stadium in time for today’s match.
But hardcore David, who owns camper van conversion firm Wellhouse Leisure, in Shepley, decided to run it.
And so far he’s raised £4,000.
The dad-of-three, who has won the Kirklees Young Business Person of the Year in the Examiner Business Awards, said: “My thigh and calves are bound up. There’s a hole in my foot and I’ve no idea where that came from. I think my blood is pure Lucozade!
“It’s the biggest and only challenge of that size that I will take part in.
“I should be able to do the last 13 miles. I’ve no idea how I’ve managed it so far. I think I’ve surprised a few people.” David says the worst moment was on Monday when excruciating pain in his thigh forced him to retire to his support van.