A MAN blown up as he supervised clearance of landmines is taking on a massive challenge for a Huddersfield cause.
Former British Army officer Chris Moon lost his lower right leg and right arm in Mozambique in 1995. Within a year he had run the London Marathon – the first of 15 – and has continued to help charities since.
And now the Glasgow-based charity worker will run the Badwater Death Valley Ultra Marathon in aid of Huddersfield environmental charity Greenstreams.
Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt Whitney, California, in temperatures up to 130°F (55°C), it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet.
Beth Allcock, Greenstreams river warden, said: “Chris is passionate about conservation issues and admires the work Greenstreams has been doing in Huddersfield.
“We are very grateful that he has chosen to support us as we desperately want to continue our work against litter and flytipping and to develop better access to the river. Any donation however small would help.”
The Greenstreams project has been making steady progress in its mission to turn the River Colne into a community resource providing access to nature and leisure for all.
The project’s latest aim is to create and maintain attractive riverside walks and viewing areas.
Chris heard about the cause from a friend, John Lancaster, who is a volunteer for Greensteams and offered to run for them.
To sponsor Chris visit www.greenstreams.org.uk