A Slaithwaite postie travelled faster than an express delivery when he took part in a gruelling 60 mile race around the unrelenting hills of the Colne Valley.
No climb proved unconquerable for Springfield Avenue resident, Rob James, who hurtled twice around Wessenden Moor, Meltham, Golcar and Scapegoat Hill on the brutal White Rose Ultra route to beat over 100 racers and gain an impressive seventh place finish.
It was a deserving result for the 27-year-old intrepid runner, who took just 11-and-a-half hours to complete the course, which he ran in memory of his granddad and to raise money for Cancer Research UK, Talking about the race, Rob, who had to spend the night recovering from the incredible feat in hospital due to dehydration, said: “I went at a fairly steady pace to start and began the first climb, which was the longest of the course and made my legs start to ache but I just had to forget about the pain and carry on.
“My wife came to support me along with my father in law, who started riding alongside me which helped keep me going and I finished the first 30 mile loop in around 5 hours.
“At that point I should’ve stopped and had a rest and some food and drink but I decided to carry. My brother and brother in law met me on their bikes and offered me food and I finally made it to the top of the last hill and ran towards the finish line-the cheering from my family was worth all the pain I was in.”
So far Rob, who has been at the front of dozens of previous races throughout the area, has raised £620 for the charity, the thought of which he said spurred him on throughout the race.
Rob said: “I could hardly walk at the end but it was all worth it and the thought of my grandad looking down on me, which brought me close to tears twice on the route, made me go quicker. I’m so glad I did it and raised so much but I won’t be in a rush to do it again.”
To donate go to www.justgiving.com/rob-james2014